Day in the life of signals officer

Hello orderly officer, what do you mean the block's on fire? The lads have only been in it 6 weeks... Hello, is that the GDFO, you're not going to believe this?!


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ugly

LE
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Wake up....Realise that you have failed at life....Go back to bed.
Alternatively bask in the glow that you aren't as useless as an RAF Regt officer and get up, find some petty bullshit to inflict upon the troops then go back to bed!
 

ugly

LE
Moderator
bet you live up to ur username
That would be for those who served with me on ops to judge then wouldn't it?











Stop asking dumb questions and get down to the careers office.
 
Do Signals officers do technical stuff or is that all done by ratings (or whatever ratings are called in the Army)? I understand that the senior NCOs in the Royal Signals are qualified to degree level. Doesn't that kinda leave the officers at a loose end?

What about officers with technical degrees? Can they have a technical career or are they relegated to bailing their platoon out of jail on a Saturday night.
 
Royal Signals officers don't have to do techinical stuff. The Corps has technicians and operators to do that. The senior specialist career paths beyond Class 1 level are Foreman of Signals for technicians, and Yeoman of Signals for operators. These are from Staff Sgt to WOI level, after passing their courses at the School of Signals.

Each signal squadron has a FofS and a YofS, and at regimental level, they will also have a WOI of each appointment. Beyond that, you can go Technical Officer Telecoms (TOT) for techs and Traffic Officer (Tfc) for operators. Each regiment has a captain or major of each appointment, and I think there is a Lt Col holding each post at MOD.

I knew Royal Signals officers with degrees in various science and engineering subjects, but also one with a BA in economics.
 
Mostly you'll be being told what to do by your SNCO. This will probably include authorising leave applications and such like. Tasks will descend on you from various ivory towers and you will delegate them, via your SNCOs, to the troops.

At any given point in time, random clumps of these troops will be stood round a trailer, a generator, a (large) pile of tent bits, antenna gubbins, batteries and containers of acid, green and black paint, radios (2 different clumps - 1 working, one broken). These troops are stood still twice a day, once at 0800 and once at 1630.

Occasionally the random clumps form an amorphous gaggle and all move around as one, normally all operating bass brooms "brushing the yard/park/square".

Your troop SNCO will have seemingly complete control of this and you will be ripped away to organise Mess social activities and or Regimental sporting activities (if you're lucky - ski-ing in the Alps/climbing in the Rockies but normally Div cross country races).

The troops all speak a language called "shimfing", don't worry about this unless your Troop stripey tells you that, "The troops are shimfing like ****). At this point you need to realise that you've probably fucked up and had better start listening to your stripey with regards to improving morale. THIS WILL NOT INCLUDE ANYTHING TO DO WITH CROSS COUNTRY RACES mentioned above.

I hope this has helped.

Sig Jones
 
Do Signals officers do technical stuff or is that all done by ratings (or whatever ratings are called in the Army)? I understand that the senior NCOs in the Royal Signals are qualified to degree level. Doesn't that kinda leave the officers at a loose end?

What about officers with technical degrees? Can they have a technical career or are they relegated to bailing their platoon out of jail on a Saturday night.
We let them lick the batteries to see if there's any charge left.
 

Glad_its_all_over

ADC
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One of the best Royal Signals officers I ever knew had a degree in botany, or tree science or something similar and wouldn't have known a megaherz if it had bitten him on the arse. On the other hand, he was an outstanding Squadron commander, kept the Regimental hierarchy at arms' length, fell on the lazy and incompetent like a ton of bricks, paid close notice to the views and informed opinions of his LEs, WOs. seniors and juniors and made his decisions with due attention to those views and was much loved, while maintaining the standards of turnout and deportment of a particularly shabby New Age Traveller. He retired recently as a full Colonel, so clearly he slipped through the net somehow.
 
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