Int Corps v RN CT

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Hi all. I've recently applied to the RN as a CT and I'm currently waiting on redoing the hearing test in a couple of weeks as I was just under the required standard. At the time the doctor said I met the standard for RAF Int Analyst but who the hell wants to join the crabs? So it got me thinking about the Int Corps.
I'd never really thought about joining the Army before, the RN always seemed to appeal more to me, but the more I read about the Int Corps the more I liked the sound of it. I'm popping along to my local ACIO later in the week but thought I'd post on here first.

I'm wondering if anyone could give me a heads up the hearing standards, are they higher/lower/the same as the RNs? Obviously if they're the same as the RNs and I fail the hearing test again then there's no point in pursuing it further but if I meet the standards for the Int Corps its going to give me a bit to think about. I understand that the medical takes place down at ADSC so I don't want to start an application and waste everyones time and money if I'm not going to pass it!

The main advantage I can see over the RN is that the role covers a wider range of specialisations, whereas as CT is pretty much just dealing with SIGINT, the downside being less variation in deployents ie just Afghanistan.

Apologies if my question has been answered or my assumptions proven to be utter crap in the recruiting sticky but its a bloody long thread and I haven't finished reading it yet!
 
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With one or two exceptions, the RN CT branch is full of knobbers. Most of them wouldn't have made it past full screw if they'd joined the Army.
 
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With one or two exceptions, the RN CT branch is full of knobbers. Most of them wouldn't have made it past full screw if they'd joined the Army.
If that's the case, it's gone sharply downhill in the last 15 years or so, it used to boast some thoroughly gleaming blokes. Mind you, the job is probably just as awe-inspiringly pants as it used to be. Catastrophic career fail if you want any sort of life, CT.
 

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With one or two exceptions, the RN CT branch is full of knobbers. Most of them wouldn't have made it past full screw if they'd joined the Army.
Funny they say nice things about you. I take it some Matelot was banging your wife when you where on deployment then.....
 
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The RN CT branch nose-dived when they started taking ABs straight from Raleigh, which would have been ok if they had binned the timed promotion, but they didn't, hence the 22-year-old CPO CTs strutting around thinking they know it all. The RN CT branch has become a huge magnet pulling in every waster in the RN who wants an easy ride to CPO.
 
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K640 said:
The main advantage I can see over the RN is that the role covers a wider range of specialisations, whereas as CT is pretty much just dealing with SIGINT
Not correct.


Fraser said:
With one or two exceptions, the RN CT branch is full of knobbers. Most of them wouldn't have made it past full screw if they'd joined the Army.
Not correct either, imo.
 
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The main advantage I can see over the RN is that the role covers a wider range of specialisations, whereas as CT is pretty much just dealing with SIGINT
Not correct.
Care to elaborate?

With one or two exceptions, the RN CT branch is full of knobbers. Most of them wouldn't have made it past full screw if they'd joined the Army.
Not correct either, imo.
Gutted, was hoping that would mean easy promotion. Oh well.
 
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Joe if you can't give specific details would you be able to confirm that the work done by OPMI is more varied than CT (which is the impression I got from what I've read and heard about both) or is that a total misunderstanding on my part? The (perceived) greater variation is what is attracting me to the Int Corps.
 
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So it's not because you failed the medical for CT?
I haven't failed the medical (yet), it's been deffered until I retake the hearing test (I had a cold around the time of the medical and the doctor said this might impact on my hearing and as I was only fractionally under the required standard I could retake it.)
But in answer to your question yes, that was what initially caused me to look into it. Having looked into I am now considering it as an alternative to CT even if I do pass the medical which is why I'm trying to compare the roles.
 
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I take it that your breathing difficulties are no longer a problem.
I see you've been checking up on me over on RR.

My readings whilst doing my peak flow diary where normal (according to the nurse at my GP) and I haven't had any symptoms or treatment for something like 10 years so I'm hoping that's not a problem.

Anything else you'd like to know? Perhaps my name, DOB and address? Or is the interrogation/stalking over for now?
 
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Not entirely. You hinted that the work of CTs is more varied than I thought but not whether there was more or less variation than the Int Corps. The publicly available information suggests that its less varied. I appreciate that you can't go into details but I'm hoping you can clarify that for me.
 
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Bearing in mind that I've been out for ten years, my sense is that the Int Corps has a far greater variety of employments available while you're serving - and considerably better post-Service options once you finish. Plus you get to wear a lovely green hat and you don't often have to be anally raped by a Geordie stoker, well, not involuntarily, anyway.
 
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I did more than hint, I stated categorically. I don't believe that it is essentially possible to gain a more varied career from one than the other. What you really need to consider is 'do you want to spend big chunks of time at sea early in your career, working longer hours and a worse routine than most of the rest of the crew, and being treated as if you aren't a member of the crew?' vs 'do you want quick promotion, based on time and eligibility?'
 
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Thanks Joe, exactly the kind of answer I was looking for. Although its done bugger all to help me decide. Still, fingers crossed I actually get to make the decision.

Glad, just seen your post which seems to totally contradict Joe's. Oh well. Incidentally, being anally raped by Geordie stokers is one of the things that first attracted me to the RN ;)
 

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