Diver officer

Discussion in 'Sappers' started by ryanp16, Feb 17, 2013.

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  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?

  2. Officers command, they don't do.
  3. I think I have met one or two RE SW diver qual officers. No idea what they do technically.
  4. 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?

  5. 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.
  6. Great, thanks for clearing that up!

    Royal Navy is a no go for me, I'm afraid. I don't meet the nationality requirements - I'm Irish.
  7. I never knew the Royal Navy didn't accept Irish.
  8. 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.
  9. Get the diving course done as a young Lt mate, they don't load Capt and above.

    Good luck

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  10. Cheers for the heads up!

  11. 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?

  12. 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.