Specialist Operators

#1
So basically you guys intercept / disrupt enemy signals? Just wandering what its like. Do you have to go into the field or do you have remote listening posts like NSA and GCHQ? Are your skills actually of any worth in Civvy Street? Whats the training like? All help appreciated lads.
 
#3
Hootch said:
Still scaleys though! Coke bottle glasses, a bad case of acne and a teenagers crush on Gillian Anderson.
Hootch mate..

We know what we are like, and know what we do. You clearly don't. you're not going to get a bite, so take a rest.
 
#4
The best thing specops ever did was make Techs look like soldiers at 225. Good Sqn bar though! :p
 
#5
Oh Pal! Those questions made me laugh; no one in their right mind will answer any of them.

But, I can tell you this….

Streptococcus Epidermis is the bacterium, which makes your skin tacky when you do not wash; it also turns contaminated cloth yellow once subjected to oxygen.

Does that help in any way?
 
#6
Not answer cos of opsec or summat? i dont wanna know anything specific or secret or whatever, i ain't stupid. I jus wandered what the jobs like, or if its just glorified typing.
 
#7
i'm afraid that 23C is right. no one is ever going to answer those questions, well, no one who actually knows the answers that is. Just
one of lifes little disappointments i'm afraid.

On the plus side you (and i) have learnt something new about bacteria!
 
#8
HardMan_wannabe said:
Not answer cos of opsec or summat? i dont wanna know anything specific or secret or whatever, i ain't stupid. I jus wandered what the jobs like, or if its just glorified typing.
Do be brief!

When you pass phase 3 trg you get handed a bunch of passports under different names with degree certificates, job references, P45s etc - all false. You get to use them for a couple of wks at a time then have to change.

Job is fairly interesting but, if you get killed on duty, the govt will deny your existence and claim you were a civvy contractor doing security or a journalist. Not everyone's cup of tea but it depends what you want from a career in the Army.

:wink:

PD
 
#9
er...I was being sarcastic :!:
 
#11
If what I've heard is right, the training is pretty hard (bit techish apparently) and between 6 - 9 months long. I'm not sure exactly how long, as I heard talk of a big change in the trade training programme.

The postings are pretty limited - EOD (all over the place), 14 Sigs, (which is somewhere in Wales), NI, someplace near Lincoln, a slack handful of posts in Germany and Cyprus and thats about it!

The spec ops I've met seem to enjoy the job - when they get to do it! Biggest drawback would be actually being a spec op, as the rest of the Corps fookin hate 'em! Even techs get less sh1t! Promotion is not as fast as techs, but seems faster than RS Op etc. More than that I can't tell you, or I'd have to shoot you!
 
#14
El Gringo said:
If what I've heard is right, the training is pretty hard (bit techish apparently) and between 6 - 9 months long. I'm not sure exactly how long, as I heard talk of a big change in the trade training programme.

The postings are pretty limited - EOD (all over the place), 14 Sigs, (which is somewhere in Wales), NI, someplace near Lincoln (RAF Digby), a slack handful of posts in Germany and Cyprus and thats about it!
and don't forget good old FI, GCHQ and a few others small places
 
#15
When you pass phase 3 trg you get handed a bunch of passports under different names with degree certificates, job references, P45s etc - all false. You get to use them for a couple of wks at a time then have to change.
Don't forget the watch that cuts through metal!

Christ, I've been a Spec-Op for over 12 years now, and with the exception of EOD and 14, its toss. Save yourself and join as an RSOp if you must join the Signals.
 
#16
boney_m said:
http://www.army.mod.uk/careers/it_comms/jd_specialist_operator.html

Give that link a try HW, its probably the most information you're going to get. It doesnt however mention the requirement to resemble gollum from lord of the rings :wink:

Boney
and you must have the ability to piss off any roomies with your ability to tap out morse on you bedside locker whilst asleep.. (well in the old days anyway :lol: ) go bald before your 21! walk round with that smile that says i know something you don't, and make sure you get on well withg clothing storeman as you will wear out the arse of your trousers every 6 weeks!! :D
 
#17
I think that one of the biggest probs for spec ops is resettlement i.e. there isn't anything comparable in civvy street, except as a civvy within the MoD doing similar work.

I mean come on...even the infantry can get a job stagging on in Poundstretcher - trying to avoid getting stabbed by junkies for £3 an hour.

Meanwhile the ex spec op gets a job tapping out morse on a snare drum in a natty jazz-fusion band. Mmmm.nice 8)

In summary - don't do it!! Become an IS Engineer instead.

PD
 
#18
PoisonDwarf said:
In summary - don't do it!! Become an IS Engineer instead.

PD
Oh dear in one foul swoop an entire Corp of Systems Engineers start to form an angry mob.

Look out PD its pitch forks and fiery torches.

You cannot use the word Engineer on other trades apparently.
 
#19
Engineer
(n) Person trained in any branch of engineering.

Engineering
(n) Profession of applying scientific principles to the design and construction of engines, buildings, or machines.

Technical
(adj) of or specialising in industrial, practical, or mechanical arts and applied sciences.

Technician
(n) Person skilled in a particular technical field.

Engineering Technician
Engineering Technicians are generally involved in the application of proven techniques and procedures to the solution of practical engineering problems. They carry a measure of supervisory and technical responsibility and are competent to exercise creative aptitudes and skills within defined fields of technology. They contribute to the design, development, manufacture, commissioning, operation and maintenance of products, equipment, processes and services. They apply safe systems of work.
 
#20
Using the term "Engineer" to other trades results in a severe chest poking by the techs.

I know I have the bruises... :lol:
 

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