Electronics Warfare Operator VS RAF 90 Signals Unit

#1
Morning all!

I'm having a bit of a crisis of which forces to join (I know some of you may be slightly more biased against the RAF :))

However, I'm trying to work out which role I want to go into - I'm working towards the Army's higher fitness standards at the moment and I'm currently an IT Engineer so I have plenty of Tech experience).


Basically what it comes down to is a bit more info on the EW Sys Op day-to-day life is like and what tends to happen when an Ew Sys Op gets deployed - am I likely to get attached to another regiment and do patrols or something with them? (This isn't a problem, just wanting a heads up).

I have done a search through the site, but have been unable to find anything quite the same as what I'm after, hence me posting!

Hope some of you can help me out with this, feel free to ask for anymore info if it would help with the advice you may be able to give!

Thanks! (hope this isn't too much in one go)
 
#3
Morning all!

I'm having a bit of a crisis of which forces to join (I know some of you may be slightly more biased against the RAF :))

However, I'm trying to work out which role I want to go into - I'm working towards the Army's higher fitness standards at the moment and I'm currently an IT Engineer so I have plenty of Tech experience).


Basically what it comes down to is a bit more info on the EW Sys Op day-to-day life is like and what tends to happen when an Ew Sys Op gets deployed - am I likely to get attached to another regiment and do patrols or something with them? (This isn't a problem, just wanting a heads up).

I have done a search through the site, but have been unable to find anything quite the same as what I'm after, hence me posting!

Hope some of you can help me out with this, feel free to ask for anymore info if it would help with the advice you may be able to give!

Thanks! (hope this isn't too much in one go)
FFS join the RAF. They actually make an attempt to look after you. Also you chances of avoiding Brawdy are greater.
 
#5
Send a PM to Alpha_Kenny_Thing

As an EWS with the army you will be out and about on operations if you get to Afghan. I'm not sure how it would work with the RAF, though, but I imagine there would be a less of a chance of you doing so.
 
#6
Send a PM to Alpha_Kenny_Thing

As an EWS with the army you will be out and about on operations if you get to Afghan. I'm not sure how it would work with the RAF, though, but I imagine there would be a less of a chance of you doing so.
That's sort of what's swaying me a little bit, the chance of getting out and about in the Army Vs the chance of more technical skills for use in Civvy life and I've been told by members of RAF, RN and Army that the RAF look after you better.

It's so complicated, and is 'Alpha_Kenny_Thing' an Ew Sys Op then?
 
#7
That's sort of what's swaying me a little bit, the chance of getting out and about in the Army Vs the chance of more technical skills for use in Civvy life and I've been told by members of RAF, RN and Army that the RAF look after you better.

It's so complicated, and is 'Alpha_Kenny_Thing' an Ew Sys Op then?
He is - I haven't spoke to him in a wee bit but the PM should trigger an email for him. He's not long in as EWS, a little while out of phase 2 if he isn't already on ops. From what he told me, it demands the most switched on folks from the signals intake (though he may be bamming himself up a bit) and can be quite challenging on a technical level.
 
#11
Send a PM to Alpha_Kenny_Thing

As an EWS with the army you will be out and about on operations if you get to Afghan. I'm not sure how it would work with the RAF, though, but I imagine there would be a less of a chance of you doing so.
Come 2014 'Operations' for the vast majority will be conducted from behind a desk again. There will be no out and about. Might as well spend that time in the RAF.
 
#13
Come 2014 'Operations' for the vast majority will be conducted from behind a desk again. There will be no out and about. Might as well spend that time in the RAF.
This was another concern I had, the non-operational stuff in the RAF does seem to be possibly a bit more interesting
 
#16
Brawdy is in the middle of no-where. However it is also one of the most beautiful places I have ever been - my (now ex) wife used to come down for a weekend every now and again rather than me driving home and she saw it as a romantic getaway in the country.
As mentioned above, the RAF do look after you better. R Sigs can be raging ********* when it comes to looking after the lads (although there are many who are decent seniors - just one can ruin your posting).
Having said that, in recent years the RAF equivelents have been playing catch up with their field skills in order to deploy alongside their Army brethren - how this will change post Afghan is anyones guess.
It also depends where you are posted - although this may depend on you. Even in the R Sigs if you come across as an intelligent, nerdy type (and there are more than one in the EWSO trade) then it is possible to go to places where you will thrive where a full on green skills type would end up banging his head against the wall.
However be prepared for a posting to test your abilities out of your comfort zone - you have to be a fully rounded soldier after all (although admitting that such thought processes go through the minds of manning and records would be slander suitable for court).

When I joined it was at the arrse end of the cold war - the changes since then have been incredible (and how many changes in the name of my trade? And why?) and I have no doubt if you join and go the full 22/24/whatever then the evolution of the armed forces will be in ways that we could not imagine at this time.
My advice (loathe to give it as I am) is to join as an EWSO - there are some very interesting little jobs out there that are still worth hunting out.
And good luck no matter what.
 
#17
Pm me for a RAF side of the signals world . We may get treated better by management but most of the non 90su stuff is going.civvy ie dii and civvy ground radio. 90su think they are RAF SAS so if that's your bag come.over to.the light blue side
 
#19
Pm me for a RAF side of the signals world . We may get treated better by management but most of the non 90su stuff is going.civvy ie dii and civvy ground radio. 90su think they are RAF SAS so if that's your bag come.over to.the light blue side
I can see where they're coming from. Some of them actually have to stand up to do their job.
 
#20
Been there, done both. As a scaley TG op (and EW instr), the corps was good. Promotion a bit faster but other than 30 & 14, not too many other good opportunities. As for crab-air, life on an ordinary station can be boring to start with. Promotion can be a bit slower. In 90SU, almost garuanteed an op at some time as squadrons rotate through theatres regularly. RAF do more than just guard airfields. Personally, and if you want to specialise, then the RAF may have more to offer. Very little difference in pay, accommodation (generally), courses, opportunities etc. At least in the RAF, you would never have to go to Osnabruck, Verden, Aldershot, Larkhill, Deepcut or Catterick, unless you map reading is crap.
 

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