Postings after training

First off P-P, are you an officer? Have you passed out of RMAS?

If so, I wouldn't have thought there are many langauge related jobs you can do just yet, they tend to be based around attache posts for officers. If you haven't joined up yet, ask your careers chap about Op MI (L).
Petit_prince said:
First off, my apologies if this has been covered in detail elsewhere- I have in my defence checked through the stickies and availed myself of the search function, but have only found the barest of information; that a first posting will involve commanding a sub unit either collecting, collating analysing information.

Could anybody tell me what postings (in more specific terms) an officer might expect after junior officer's course? Is it possible to express a preference for a particular posting? I'm keen to learn some more languages- is this feasible early on in one's career?

Without going into too much detail, I'm imminently (subject to manning clearance etc) transferring to the Int Corps, and am not really sure what to expect post Chicksands. I'm not able to get any useful information locally, hence my question.

Please PM me if you have any useful information.

Thanks in advance


PChick. Com'on! Cause he's a rodney...check out the language fer's like Victorian Dad. Are you takin' the piss my lad?
*shudders*...back's to the wall lads...back's to the wall

and before anyone asks...I'm trying not to be in the same room as CBB and Jade Wassername. Fucking shite t.v


he can be my boss. when he asks for a hot wet from the galley, i will just look confused and send the guys home early, pleading confusion due to the language barrier :)
CR...I could be your boss...I like the call about getting all sweary and getting past the Fast Show parlance...Niiice, grrreat...
CRmeansCeilingReached said:
or you could just check his other posts and conclude he is at sandhurst having come across from the senior service...

Oooh, NOW you're scaring me! Job at the DVA perchance when you retire?

As it happens, being an educated chap myself, I thought everyone spoke like that. Sadly I am obliged to lower my usual impeccable standards when I'm conversing with you ruffians and ne'er-do-wells. ;-)


howayman, yes but the fucking twats have deleted the thread :D

now i've said that they will edit what i've said I like being bummed by paras and I have a small penis
*cough*...penny for a small family Sir? *cough*

Sorry...completely missed opportunity. Just ignore this one and move onto where CR admits his para loving...


Howayman said:
*cough*...penis for a small boy Sir? *cough*

Sorry... I completely miss primary school. Just ignore this perversion and move onto where CR's posts are edited by sneaky moderators...

at least i'm not a complete sicko perve, my army of gay lovers are at least above the age of consent :D


i must confess to being surprised by this path. with respect to the AIB / RN officer training process... do you not have to learn about tactics etc?

the norm is that our young officers from RMAS do a 6 month operational infantry attachment before doing their YO course at chicksands. are you also skipping this stage?

i am baffled as to how an officer from the RN - no matter how good - can move across and slot into an army post without being properly trained.

and if you've got a few months left at sea, i'd send off for an Arabic tape ;)


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Petit_prince said:
Perevodchik et al- yes, I am indeed an Officer, currently in the RN. I've been told that I'm not required to go to RMAS, and am slated to go to Chicksands after my current posting ends later this year.

Are there any opportunities for officers to study for language qualifications, or is this the sole preserve of the Op MI(L)? Equally, is either Russian or French of any use in the current climate (or am I 20 years too late)? I'm trying to get to Beaconsfield to sit more exams, although being at sea isn't entirely conducive to good preparation. I've so far acheived AdCert French, and need to retake written Russian to gain my AdCert. I've also completed Operational German, but so long ago that I've little faith in my ability to actually make use of the language now.

Finally, is there any convention as to where officers are sent post JO's course? I've been told by friends in the Army (admitedly not in the Int Corps) that the majority of 1st postings are to Op Int based work, with a small number going to Humint. Is this the case, or just rumour?

Sorry for the number of questions,



Can't really help with much of that, but my own Beaconsfield course all those years ago had (Army) one 2Lt, two Lts, a shedload of Captains, a clutch of Majors and a Brigadier, plus a never-ending supply of fish head Lts and Lt Cdrs, who all seemed to be nuke engineers or aviators for some reason.

To the best of my knowledge, Her Majesty's trusty and well-beloved friends tend to use languages in either diplo or integree posts, so OF-3 and upwards almost exclusively. There may be some language-reliant HUMINT slots, don't know, there may still be some other E2 linguist slots around on the national side of things.

Whichever, the Int Corps DE officer isn't a specialist or a tradesman, really, he's an Army officer like all the others and has similar roles and responsibilities, not least making sure that his senior NCOs and Warrant Officers get bacon sandwiches, Embassy cigarettes and frequent brews (that's what I always told my DE officers, anyway). The Corps tends to keep its technical expertise in the ranks and with the LE officers.

That all said, welcome to the Corps.
Fraser said:
Not forgetting the DE posts on the darkside. There opportunities for posting to 14 as an Int Off or a Tp Cmdr.

Good point. However there are few things worse than an officer who thinks he's a linguist peering over your shoulder when you are on set. That said, quite a few good japes to be had there. (Any of you who remember Lt S****** L*** at 9 Sigs in about '93 and the fun you could have with a RA1792 on speaker will know what I mean :) )

And yes, CR, the fcuking time does fly by......


P'Chik, you wanna be careful - yo're showing your age love ;) Best person to speak on this particular point would surely be Bagster? After all, he's Senior Service, does the lingo thing and knows everything!