Signals or RLC...

Afternoon all,

Looking for a bit of advice/help if I may. I've spent the past 11 yrs or so serving in the RAC but I'm now looking for a slight career shift/change of scenery.

During my time in the RAC I've spent most of it in the QM/MT side of life, which is something I quite enjoy and dare say I'm good at. I've gained various quals, RSIs, GS Instructor, Skill at Arms Instructor, All Arms Storeman, Hazmat Instructor, MT Jr Management & accounting but to name a few. I'm currently a substantive full screw.

After looking at the OAVL I've narrowed down my options to either Supply Chain Operative (CLS in old money) in the Royal Signals or Driver Communication Specialist in the RLC. From what little I know or what I can gather they both seem to be very similar, if not the same, roles. Only difference is the capbadge. If I am wrong then please by all means ignore my ignorance and put me in my place.

Suppose I am asking for a little 'insider knowledge' of which one to go for/choose. What, if anything, is the difference, career prospects, money etc.

Any help would be greatly apprenticed.

(I've also posted this in the Signals forum bit too)

Thanks All,

IronBrew
 
From a Signals perspective I’m pretty sure there’s CLS in every unit, you could work out who’s got assignments at the best locations. Personally **** the RLC they’re a bunch of book following jobsworths that can’t think for themselves.
 

Glad_its_all_over

ADC
Book Reviewer
From a Signals perspective I’m pretty sure there’s CLS in every unit, you could work out who’s got assignments at the best locations. Personally **** the RLC they’re a bunch of book following jobsworths that can’t think for themselves.
To be scrupulously fair, they're nowhere near as obsessed with bull and stuff as the Royal Corps.
 
RLC Ammo Tech.

You’ve done 11 years and gained much experience and qualifications, pretty much any trade you go for means starting from scratch and with 11 years of your 22 to go you‘ll be a full screw or sgt at best.

Ammo Tech with 11 years to go you can easily hit WO2 and probably WO1 and LE commission.

Best job in the world.
 
Afternoon all,

Looking for a bit of advice/help if I may. I've spent the past 11 yrs or so serving in the RAC but I'm now looking for a slight career shift/change of scenery.

During my time in the RAC I've spent most of it in the QM/MT side of life, which is something I quite enjoy and dare say I'm good at. I've gained various quals, RSIs, GS Instructor, Skill at Arms Instructor, All Arms Storeman, Hazmat Instructor, MT Jr Management & accounting but to name a few. I'm currently a substantive full screw.

After looking at the OAVL I've narrowed down my options to either Supply Chain Operative (CLS in old money) in the Royal Signals or Driver Communication Specialist in the RLC. From what little I know or what I can gather they both seem to be very similar, if not the same, roles. Only difference is the capbadge. If I am wrong then please by all means ignore my ignorance and put me in my place.

Suppose I am asking for a little 'insider knowledge' of which one to go for/choose. What, if anything, is the difference, career prospects, money etc.

Any help would be greatly apprenticed.

(I've also posted this in the Signals forum bit too)

Thanks All,

IronBrew
@Bob65 why the dumb with no reason
OP look at the RAF they will snap you up, warning though the cookhouse food is crap
 
@Bob65 why the dumb with no reason
OP look at the RAF they will snap you up, warning though the cookhouse food is crap
I've been tempted by the RAF but from what I've been told the promotion is very slow. That put me off quite as a bit as I have career aspirations. I'm not really interested in doing my full 22 and leaving a Cpl or Sgt.

I cannot seem to find a straight answer either on whether or not I just transfer over to the RAF with my current service number, LSA days etc or I sign off completely from the army and resign on to the RAF...
 
As an Ammo Tech you would keep your full screw. You may have to relinquish a rank in other trades or start from scratch if you join the RAF.

If you passed selection for AT you would undertake your basic AT course (8 months) spend 12 - 18 months in an ammo depot or 11 EOD & S Regt the upgrading of 3 months and likely promoted to Sgt.
 
As an Ammo Tech you would keep your full screw. You may have to relinquish a rank in other trades or start from scratch if you join the RAF.

If you passed selection for AT you would undertake your basic AT course (8 months) spend 12 - 18 months in an ammo depot or 11 EOD & S Regt the upgrading of 3 months and likely promoted to Sgt.
I assume given the trade and all that's required of it...selection is quite competitive/difficult to pass?
 
I've been tempted by the RAF but from what I've been told the promotion is very slow. That put me off quite as a bit as I have career aspirations. I'm not really interested in doing my full 22 and leaving a Cpl or Sgt.

I cannot seem to find a straight answer either on whether or not I just transfer over to the RAF with my current service number, LSA days etc or I sign off completely from the army and resign on to the RAF...
You leave at 55 in the RAF
Look at load master or whatever it is called
 
As an Ammo Tech you would keep your full screw. You may have to relinquish a rank in other trades or start from scratch if you join the RAF.

If you passed selection for AT you would undertake your basic AT course (8 months) spend 12 - 18 months in an ammo depot or 11 EOD & S Regt the upgrading of 3 months and likely promoted to Sgt.
Hard course though, not knowing anything at the OP
 

B42T

LE
I've been tempted by the RAF but from what I've been told the promotion is very slow. That put me off quite as a bit as I have career aspirations. I'm not really interested in doing my full 22 and leaving a Cpl or Sgt.

I cannot seem to find a straight answer either on whether or not I just transfer over to the RAF with my current service number, LSA days etc or I sign off completely from the army and resign on to the RAF...

Fk me, slow, I was a Cpl in 4 yrs.
You've done 11 yrs, and still a Cpl in the army.
Mind you I was brilliant :D:D
 
I assume given the trade and all that's required of it...selection is quite competitive/difficult to pass?

Not really, you have to do the Technical Selection Test then the AT selection.

You’re an experienced soldier who looks like a good fit. There are many retreads into Ammo Tech from a wide range of other trades and Regiments.
 
So after a little digging about and research, I'm content what the Supply Chain Op does however there's another trade that's caught my eye...Cyber Engineer - Networks Engineer. Can anyone expand a little on what exactly this trade is? I used to know the trades by their old names, Comm Operator, Comm Engineer etc but now with them all getting a rebrand/rename they're all a little lost on me...

Thanks all
 
So after a little digging about and research, I'm content what the Supply Chain Op does however there's another trade that's caught my eye...Cyber Engineer - Networks Engineer. Can anyone expand a little on what exactly this trade is? I used to know the trades by their old names, Comm Operator, Comm Engineer etc but now with them all getting a rebrand/rename they're all a little lost on me...

Thanks all
I don't think the Corps knows yet, but essentially one group looks after the network, the other the servers. Not clear postings wise or how the transition will be managed by APC. Give it a punt, if it doesn't work out drop down to supply chain Op. There are a lot of varied postings tied to the two trade groups.
 

RedDinger

War Hero
So after a little digging about and research, I'm content what the Supply Chain Op does however there's another trade that's caught my eye...Cyber Engineer - Networks Engineer. Can anyone expand a little on what exactly this trade is? I used to know the trades by their old names, Comm Operator, Comm Engineer etc but now with them all getting a rebrand/rename they're all a little lost on me...

Thanks all
Information about all these trades is on the Army website. So if you have struggled to find that maybe Comms Engineering isn't for you.
But if it's career prospects when you leave you are after, then either of these will line you up for a well paid job later.
 
On an SJAR interview today I was informed the the Information Services Engineer is the old school CS Eng and the Networks engineer appears to be the old school CS Operator. This based on the current assignments plot, and Network Engineers are not going to units that only had CS Eng. This might not be correct, and it's also early doors. Quite what happens to the Yeoman of Signals I really don't know.
 

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