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WARFARE SPECIALIST

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    Average pay:
    RN and RM Officers and Ratings Rates of Pay 2009
    Age on entry:
    16-36
    Nationality:
    British or British/dual citizenship
    Qualifications:
    No specific qualifications are needed
    Gender:
    Warfare Specialists can be men or women
    Job description

    Modern warships are equipped with highly complex weapons and defensive systems - the Royal Navy needs people with the right skills and training to operate them. In spite of the name, Warfare Specialists are just as important in times of peace as they are in times of conflict.

    We offer most people the security of a Full Career, which is 18 years or to age 40, whichever is later. Some people may have the opportunity to serve for longer, depending on their wishes and the needs of the Service. However, if you want to leave the Royal Navy, you can submit 12 months' notice two and a half years after the end end of your initial professional training. The exact length of this training period depends on the particular job you do and the level of training it requires. All new recruits have a right of discharge at 14 days notice after 4 weeks, within the first 6 months of service, regardless of career terms.

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    On board

    Name: Matthew Riding
    Age: 28

    What kind of equipment do you use?

    Warfare Specialists can do a bit of everything. I use sonar equipment for locating submarines. I've got to make the call as to whether it's a probable submarine or a definite submarine. I then pass that information on to the Captain and the Principal Warfare Officer. At sea, I take turns to keep watch in the operations room to make sure we don't hit anything. It is hard work but I wouldn't want to be in any other branch.

    What kinds of exercises do you do?

    There are lots including fire, chemical and flood exercises. You also do exercises in case a helicopter crashes on deck or a man falls overboard. I enjoy doing them.

    Did you find it hard to adjust to taking orders?

    No. Officers give us a job to do and then we'll go away and do it. They pretty much trust you to carry it out and as long as you're getting on all right, they leave you to it.

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