GeoTech Prep

Dear Arrse,

I have recently been given a conditional offer to become a Geographic Technician. I have my basic training start date and I am already physically preparing for phase 1. Please could I have some advice on how to prepare for trade training.
 

Joker62

ADC
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StBob072

LE
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Having said that , I'd imagine all trade training would be given assuming no prior knowledge - but it's always good to read up on the role of the unit (presumably regular RE) you will be joining.
 
As StBob says, assume nothing, be a sponge and just keep any IT knowledge you may have up your sleeve to amaze fellow trainees (and your instructors) when you get to that stage. It's such a specialist trade that I suspect there isn't a great deal of prior-reading you can realistically do without confusing yourself or reading up on some GIS application that isn't supported or is irrelevant for military purposes... you may just end up going down a rabbit hole of geekery, and so just best to concentrate on passing basic first without injury and let the Geo Techery be something to concentrate on further down the line.

Google what you can, the rest will be spoonfed to you and you'll pick it up as you go. The technology is so fast moving that anything you read online will very likely be out of date anyhoo....

Good luck! It's changed beyond recognition from the days it was Military Survey when I were a lad and we were drawing maps by hand and scratch-pen.....
 
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Brush up on your rugby skills and learn a few vulgar songs.
 

DAS

War Hero
So it's not just a case of calling up google maps or open street map then?
 
If the conditional offer depends on good, not just acceptable, performance at phase 1 concentrate on getting a good grade at phase 1 and approach trade training when you get there. Even if it doesn't It would be stupid to make a mess of phase 1 because you were trying to prepare for trade training.
 

BMS671

Crow
This is probably the best place to propose this question.
I’m currently in basic w/ the infantry but I’ve been wanting to transfer to the geographic technician role in the RE, my selection course score was an “A” and my aptitude test was “incredible” and allowed me to go to anyrole I wished upon. Just wondering if I would have any troubles in transferring to this role? And is it a very hard role to get into? I will bring it up to my chain of command closer to the time of finishing basic, just trying to find additional info. Thanks.
 
This is probably the best place to propose this question.
I’m currently in basic w/ the infantry but I’ve been wanting to transfer to the geographic technician role in the RE, my selection course score was an “A” and my aptitude test was “incredible” and allowed me to go to anyrole I wished upon. Just wondering if I would have any troubles in transferring to this role? And is it a very hard role to get into? I will bring it up to my chain of command closer to the time of finishing basic, just trying to find additional info. Thanks.
Your aptitude test was 'incredible' as in 'difficult to believe'? There used to be a couple of current Geo bods on here that may have been able to offer advice but as far as I can tell they haven't posted for a while and I've been out of Geo for 20 years so I'm no help..... Good luck though.
 

BMS671

Crow
Your aptitude test was 'incredible' as in 'difficult to believe'? There used to be a couple of current Geo bods on here that may have been able to offer advice but as far as I can tell they haven't posted for a while and I've been out of Geo for 20 years so I'm no help..... Good luck though.
Yeah they were surprised I managed to surpass the highest requirement for my age. Thanks for the input.
 
This is probably the best place to propose this question.
I’m currently in basic w/ the infantry but I’ve been wanting to transfer to the geographic technician role in the RE, my selection course score was an “A” and my aptitude test was “incredible” and allowed me to go to anyrole I wished upon. Just wondering if I would have any troubles in transferring to this role? And is it a very hard role to get into? I will bring it up to my chain of command closer to the time of finishing basic, just trying to find additional info. Thanks.
Just do what you want to do.
There is one life - it is yours.
Make what you want of it ...

.... the clock is ticking
 

NSP

LE
Serious question asked in a casual manner:-

What is a "geographic technician?"

In my line we have "geotechs" which are known smirkingly as mud-monkeys because their primary role is to mess about with mud - i.e. acquire seabed core samples/grab samples and the like and analyse them.

However, I suspect that the army version is not the same thing as the hydrographic one...?
 
Serious question asked in a casual manner:-

What is a "geographic technician?"

In my line we have "geotechs" which are known smirkingly as mud-monkeys because their primary role is to mess about with mud - i.e. acquire seabed core samples/grab samples and the like and analyse them.

However, I suspect that the army version is not the same thing as the hydrographic one...?
.....go up a few posts and the video I posted describes what a military Geographic Technician does. These days it's about providing satellite imagery and techno-geekery and GIS data analysis to help the battlefield decision makers in their task .

In my day Geo Tech didn't exist as a trade but part of our role as Military Survey was to provide Terrain Analysis and cross country movement info to commanders. It's just that that data is now mainly digitised and available for far more sophisticated interpretation by GIS operators using high-performance computers than were available in my day. Geotechs are those data manipulators
 

NSP

LE
.....go up a few posts and the video I posted describes what a military Geographic Technician does. These days it's about providing satellite imagery and techno-geekery and GIS data analysis to help the battlefield decision makers in their task .

In my day Geo Tech didn't exist as a trade but part of our role as Military Survey was to provide Terrain Analysis and cross country movement info to commanders. It's just that that data is now mainly digitised and available for far more sophisticated interpretation by GIS operators using high-performance computers than were available in my day. Geotechs are those data manipulators
Ah-ha - so it's basically a surveyor-cum-data processor then, in my terms...?
 

chimera

LE
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Ah-ha - so it's basically a surveyor-cum-data processor then, in my terms...?
Yes, but these days less of the theodolite and more of the "overhead imagery", digital mapping, and terrain analysis.
 

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