I was C3S for a little over 8 years. Served in Armoured and in NI, and loved it!
It's a bit of a marmite job. You either have a real interest, get a good troop etc... Or you get pushed/tricked into doing it and spend most of career trying to get out of it!
It can be a thoroughly rewarding job, especially at the higher levels (Brigade level support etc...), and also mind-numbingly boring! Try a night shift in an Ops room, with nothing but white noise coming over the HF net! Enough to send the best of sappers slightly barmy!
It is a trade with a fair bit of opportunity, as long as you are willing to work at it and have the necessary skills to do the job well.
Also, without comm's you can't do anything! So, you are in actual fact one of the most important assets on the ground! Whether you're sat in a nice warm CV, or lumping around a radio as the section/troop rad-op!
I know that I wouldn't have got to do half the interesting jobs in NI if I hadn't been in my trade!
Hope this helps...
Ive just finished my C3s training,
i joined last march with no idea what sigs entailed (obv using a radio) but other than that i had no idea and everyone i asked had different views of what it was,
but i done 10 weeks training and absolutely loved it! some bits were a bit boring but what job doesn't have its boring bits! but trust me when its -10 and snowing and ur on stag/on patrol you will be wishing you are in an ops room, its not all ops room based! most of our learning was out on the ground
thanks for the info on C3S...dont want to be a pain but just wonderd if you give me some more info: how tough was basic? whats combat engineering like? do you do youre 4 weeks driving straight after youre combat engineering? and how did you find doing youre C3S training? sorry to be a pain but any info would be much appreciated thanks.
thanks for the info on C3S...dont want to be a pain but just wonderd if you give me some more info: how tough was basic?Basic can be pretty tough, but if it wasn't then everybody would get through! It's supposed to be tough! But, it's not impossible! whats combat engineering like? Combat Engineering is yet another tough course! In fact, you will probably have times when you wish you were still in basic training! do you do youre 4 weeks driving straight after youre combat engineering? This depends on spaces on the courses etc...
and how did you find doing youre C3S training? Although I did my C3S course in 1998, with different radio's from what are being used today, I thoroughly enjoyed my course.
sorry to be a pain but any info would be much appreciated thanks.