Thinking of joining IT/COMMS

#1
Hi, I'm New to the website, and seeking information on IT and Comms.

I'm 25 and Have recently Handed in my application to join, and really like what i have been told,found out about this area of the army.

Can anyone give me any real information about this trade, I understand there may be many different jobs that fall under this title but any insight would be of help.


  • Is it a good career Choice?
  • Pay and benefits of this trade?
  • Career advancement possibilities? will I be stuck at Lance Corporal for 22 years or possibly end up as a WO1

Any information, good or or bad would be appreciated.

Cheers.
 

Soggy4978

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#2
Is what a good career choice?
Benefits of what trade?
You'll be a Lance Jack for 22 years.

Might help if you narrow it down to what trade you actually want to do.
 
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PrinceAlbert

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#3
One of the worst things about joining the Royal Signals is the overwhelmingly gay cap badge.
 

Soggy4978

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#4
It's better than a bloody lightning/pony combination at least.
 
#6
I'm still not sure exactly which role I would like in this area.

Possibly Driver Comms specialist.
Artillery It systems operator.
Communication systems operator.
weapons intelligence analyst.

Cheers,
 
#7
have you looked at the jobs section on the army website? or ask your recruiter for more information on them.
 
#8
I have and will continue to find any information about the jobs I'm interested in.

What I'm Really looking for is an insight from people who are currently serving in these roles or have been.

The recruiters are really helpful but they are all Ex infantry, so cant offer as much about these jobs.

Cheers.
 
#9
I'm a cs eng. I drink loads of brews, surf t'web, look at a tv full of green lights, when they go red I go for a shit leaving it for someone else to ignore and I get paid a shit load for the privilege!

Hope that helps.
 
#16
I have a mortgage at the moment, planning to rent this out and have army accommodation for me and my wife, so our out goings should be fairly small. 17.5k seems a fair wage for the first couple of years.

I have narrowed it down to Communication Systems operator, Intelligence operative or Driver comms specialist.

What are the Houses like for married couples? they advertise swanky new houses but I'm guessing this is largely good advertising and the reality will be a council house look alike.

Cheers.
 
#17
Anything labelled 'operator' is not technical. You will learn how to operate what equipment there is not fix it. At lower ranks this may appear good but as you progress it isn't. Driver Comms specialist sounds like you would spend all day waiting for transport detail as there isn't any Comms to operate. Married Quarters range from shambolic to very good and cost accordingly.
 
#18
I have a mortgage at the moment, planning to rent this out and have army accommodation for me and my wife, so our out goings should be fairly small. 17.5k seems a fair wage for the first couple of years.

I have narrowed it down to Communication Systems operator, Intelligence operative or Driver comms specialist.

What are the Houses like for married couples? they advertise swanky new houses but I'm guessing this is largely good advertising and the reality will be a council house look alike.

Cheers.
For career progression and the chance for more varied roles look at OpMI (Intelligence operative). If you like the intelligence side of things but fancy a few signals type roles also, look at EWsysOp. The down side to that role is the length of training, it's a good job mind where you will spend the majority of your career actually doing the job rather than training for the job.

Married quarters vary depending on location, they are what they are and you get what you pay for.

With regards other R.Signals trades, slower career progression but more postings are available. EWsysOp have around 8 postings available for Junior ranks.
 
#19
For career progression and the chance for more varied roles look at OpMI (Intelligence operative). If you like the intelligence side of things but fancy a few signals type roles also, look at EWsysOp. The down side to that role is the length of training, it's a good job mind where you will spend the majority of your career actually doing the job rather than training for the job.
but 'the job' is almost entirely in support of one of only two or three agencies. It's very specialist, but also thus rather narrow.
 

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