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Diver officer

#1
I've looked all over the internet for info on this, but there's very little about RE divers and pretty much none about RE officer divers.

So could anyone provide some info as to what an officer does as a diver in the RE?


Cheers!
 
#5
I see. So, if an officer passes the diver course he becomes part of the dive team of that regiment, while still performing the usual duties he had previously, right?

Pretty much what I'm saying is this; I plan on joining the RE as an officer. If I were to pass the diver course, would I get to spend much time in the water actually diving, or would it be the enlisted guys that do all that?

Thanks!
 
#7
If you want more 'hands-on' time in your early career, is it too late to consider joining the Royal Navy as a Warfare Officer and sub-specialising later as a Minewarfare & Clearance Diving Officer (MCDO)? Initial training is conducted alongside the Sappers at the Defence Diving School.
 
#8
Correct. On the first point,

You will be required to complete your mandatory diving hours per year, so therefore you spend as much time in the ogin as the next man.



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Great, thanks for clearing that up!

If you want more 'hands-on' time in your early career, is it too late to consider joining the Royal Navy as a Warfare Officer and sub-specialising later as a Minewarfare & Clearance Diving Officer (MCDO)? Initial training is conducted alongside the Sappers at the Defence Diving School.
Royal Navy is a no go for me, I'm afraid. I don't meet the nationality requirements - I'm Irish.
 
#10
From what I understand I can join the Royal Navy, but the roles I can apply for are limited - both officer in any role and clearance diver are no go areas.

Either way, RE officer is what I want as it's something I feel I'd do very well at.

Diver would just be the icing on the cake that I'd look at a little bit down the line along with a few other things like that.
 
#11
From what I understand I can join the Royal Navy, but the roles I can apply for are limited - both officer in any role and clearance diver are no go areas.

Either way, RE officer is what I want as it's something I feel I'd do very well at.

Diver would just be the icing on the cake that I'd look at a little bit down the line along with a few other things like that.
Get the diving course done as a young Lt mate, they don't load Capt and above.

Good luck


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#13
Actually I might as well ask this as well. If I was to do the diver course would it be possible to do P-Coy as well? Or is it a case of pick one and stick to it?

Thanks!
 
#15
Don't know much about Army divers but speaking from a Navy diver point of view the officers don't really dive, there are a handful of officers that completed the dive course and not dived for years but still receive the dive pay. They tend to do a supervisors job on mixed gas mainly sometimes air just to get the tick in the box. Not to sure if the Army uses CDLSE but they do use SABA and OSDS.
 
#16
Diving is a specialist skill used within each Engineer Regiment or Independant Squadron. The term Diver Officer isn't really used as the skill isn't rank orientated and on training or live deployments it is run by the unit Diving Supervisor or if they are lucky an instructor. These guys are almost always SNCO's with the odd exception to a Commissioned Officer or LE.

If you do join a unit dive team as an Officer then you will likely be given the administrative role within the team on top of your Operational Responsibilities. Look at this as a bonus, learn off of the rest of the team, and use this to set yourself apart from the "other officers" in the unit. Remember, you are in competition with your peers, more skills and more responsibility means more employability. A pair of lungs the size of a lounge sofa also help.


Civvy "what we're you in?" Me "the Royal Engineers" Civvy "oh the REME" Me "shut up you ****!"
 
#18
Well chuppy, become an RE officer and become the best that you can, look after your blokes work with them and if you still want to dive you will find the niche to do it but as and officer you dont always have to stick your prick in the fire just facilitate the solutions and look after the consequences
 
#20
Incidentally, put in some groundwork and self brief on 33 Engineer Regiment EOD, particularly 49 Sqn, as 1 Troop is Airborne, 2 Troop is Commando and 3 Troop are happy hats. Plenty of opportunity to do your divers course within the regiment and added specialisation of the EOD role encompassing diving.


Civvy "what were you in?" Me "the Royal Engineers" Civvy "oh the REME" Me "shut up you ****!"
 

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