wire October 2007
wire October 2007
The Royal Corps of Signals
SOINC(A) LETTER TO THE CORPS
As I draw to a close my time as your Signal Officer in Chief, I wanted to sign off with a few observations.
How are we doing? Firstly I would like to pay tribute to all of you, Regular, TA and Queen’s Gurkha Signals. You have been at the forefront of
activity across an incredibly broad spectrum at what has probably been the most tumultuous time since the Korean War. In many cases we are
recognized for what we achieve but it is fair to say that at times I get frustrated when we are not given due credit. In the CIS world, I often
wonder if the complexity of what you deliver is really understood by the wider Army and the other Services. Inevitably though, it is a signaller’s
lot to be noticed only when things go wrong. Equally, the struggle to define and execute our responsibilities with some pretty rigid service
provision contracts, yet at the same time satisfy the pressing needs of our commanders, demands an agility of mind and an ability to improvise.
That you meet this remit marks you out and I am deeply proud of all you achieve. Clearly it is important for us therefore to articulate the
importance of our business in delivering enabling capability to our formations and playing a key part in Decisive Command. We have stood up to
the mark in some very demanding circumstances and our reputation forged in the heat of the battlefield and elsewhere is hard won and well
deserved. Of course, the price paid in terms of loss of life is high and not a day goes by when I do not think of those who have lost their lives
prosecuting our business. We are not equipped properly but our flexibility, adaptability and sheer professionalism while effectively reroling as we
deploy into operational theatres is inspiring. So too are the opportunities for junior ranks to make a major contribution, particularly in such areas
as 18(SF) Signal Regiment, 1(SC) Signal Squadron and in the airborne role. I would encourage everyone to serve for at least one tour in any of
these specialist areas, which all offer much for those who are able and seek adventure. Such work is extremely rewarding, exciting and
worthwhile. Anyone inclined to operate in these demanding arenas should grasp the opportunity now. Additionally, we need our best to step
forward for service in the training environment (a must for those heading down the RD route) and also to achieve Supervisory Rank. The latter
presents excellent opportunities for commissioning with self development, challenging jobs and real job satisfaction. The Corps’ contribution is
much broader than just at work and we achieve significant success elsewhere. Our top international sportsmen and women continue to excel
and we have done exceptionally well on the sports field, shooting and adventurous training. I cannot do them all due justice and so will highlight
just a few. Army Shooting Champions for the 3rd year on the run with a significant number of people in the Army 100 is no mean feat. Ex
MERCURY CHALLENGE run over the past year, was a huge undertaking and more than a hundred of you were able to take part. It achieved
wide front page coverage in a number of countries because of the textbook rescue of the yacht KOOMOOLOO, which was sinking in rough seas.
This epitomised all that was good in the Corps - well prepared and trained, quietly executed and robustly delivered. Finally, TRAILWALKER, a
charitable activity involving a 100km run organised jointly by Queen’s Gurkha Signals and OXFAM. This year the event was won by Queen’s
Gurkha Signals from the 405 teams who took part. Overall it is hoped that the event will raise one million pounds for charity, a magnificent
What do I see for the future? The equipment programme and support to current operations will dominate the near term. The former has caused
us to think hard about our trade structures and to learn and take on new skills. Inevitably with any change in trade structure there is not a 100%
solution but against the pressures of resource, time and training capacity, our early work has put us on a good footing as we move into the
implementation of the Defence Training Review. On current plans, the training will move to St Athan in the 2012 timeframe, leaving the Home of
the Corps in Blandford, which will in itself remain a Corps hub. I am hopeful that we will be able to backfill with 14 Signal Regiment but the final
decision will not be taken until October. We will continue to make a vital contribution to current operations; whether in Rear Link Detachments,
Brigade Signal Squadrons, Special Forces, Support Helicopters, Electronic Warfare and Signals Intelligence or in the General Support Role
delivered from Signal Brigade level at Home and Overseas. You are being tested and will continue to be tested in terms of the nature, breadth
and type of operation, all of which draw heavily on your military and professional skills. I would have liked to accelerate some of the much
needed capability into service, FALCON and SOOTHSAYER, since we need these now but this is not to be. I am concerned at the lack of
coherence in some cases on the delivery of infrastructure and applications and see little relief in the need to conduct significant Special to Arm
training on route to and often whilst on operations. In this respect I have also been keen to ensure that equipment coming into service gives us
agility and freedom, not constraints. Often this is a hard debate as others focus on the relatively static here and now. The outcome is that there is
a requirement to deliver in an ad hoc fashion. Put simply we do not train as we fight and I am sorry to say I can not see this changing in the short
term. This, coupled with the erosion of more traditional ‘network’ training opportunities (FLYING FALCON of old) has already denuded our ability
to deliver at large scale while war fighting and remains a factor that we must be alert to. In all that we do though, we must remember that we
exist to support our Commanders and their staff. Thus we must be prepared to develop our skills to help them exploit the information being
presented to them. Of course this is not just the province of the Corps alone but we must be seen and respected as the source of best practice.
In conclusion, as I travel around the Corps, I see that it is in good heart and doing a terrific job. My mantra for you is “Look Up and Drive On”.
You should stand proud in the knowledge that whatever you do, you do well whether fighting alongside your Infantry counterparts or in delivering
Command Support, EW and SIGINT. I can do no more than include the citation for Cpl Simmons from 16 Air Assault Brigade Headquarters and
Signal Squadron (216) as an example of what is being achieved on operations. He was awarded a Joint Commanders Commendation for his
“Cpl SIMMONS was part of a three man Rear Link Detachment attached to “Easy” Company 3 PARA Battle Group. He deployed to Combat
Outpost GRIFFIN in MUSA QAL’EH on 23rd August 2006 as part of a deliberate BG operation that enabled the relief in place of a Danish
Armoured Recce Squadron with Easy Company. During this deployment Cpl SIMMONS was responsible for maintaining rearward TACSAT
communications and also communication to the vital sanger positions in the compound. The district centre in Musa Qaleh is a small compound in
the centre of town surrounded by a low mud wall with a collection of small buildings that used to function as the local government offices. For
three weeks the TB fought tenaciously for the position in the belief that it had been abandoned following the withdrawal of the reconnaissance
Squadron. The fighting was unrelenting and at very close quarters due to the built up nature of the town.
Cpl SIMMONS was manning the operations room in COP GRIFFIN during a period of sustained and accurate enemy mortar fire. The enemy
mortars were highly effective inflicting nine casualties and two deaths. During several engagements enemy mortar fire broke the line to the
sangers, on three notable occasions Cpl SIMMONS left the relative safety of the operation room in order to repair the line. On the 27th August
during what was to become a two hour engagement the line was broken to sanger five, the furthest position and one that was also being heavily
engaged by small arms and RPG fire. Knowing how vital the communications line was and with no other way of establishing communications, Cpl
SIMMONS painstakingly checked the line and repaired it under incoming mortar fire. In an equally accurate attack that included small arms and
RPG fire on the 7th September Cpl SIMMONS was repairing the line to sanger three when it was hit by a volley of three RPGs. He quickly
stabilised the situation by engaging the firing positions before finishing off the repairs to the line. In that time the in place force had a chance to re
balance and with the arrival of the QRF, Cpl SIMMONS continued on his task of repairing the line to the position on the “Outpost”.
Cpl SIMMONS showed great physical courage and bravery in repeatedly exposing himself to what he knew to be effective enemy fire. His
actions greatly improved the tactical situation for the Company in MUSA QAL’EH. Cpl SIMMONS regularly took these risks in the knowledge that
the task was essential. His actions re assured his comrades and gave inspiration to the men in the fighting positions. Cpl SIMMONS’ outstanding
performance in extreme circumstances fully deserves official recognition”.
Finally, for me, service with the Corps originated in 1974 when on a familiarisation visit to 3 Div Signal Regiment in Carter Barracks, Bulford. I
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This is a packed edition of The Wire with reports on Corps and Page
Army sport and Adventure Training, in addition to the usual Movements and Retirements 361
reports from units and the RSA. Units must recognise that so
much interesting and informative material is being submitted by News of Training 362
every unit that cuts are necessary to keep the magazine within Recent Operations 364
its page limits. In addition, I believe key events such as the
reformation of 22 Signal Regiment and the Centenary of FANY
News from Regiments 364
must be recorded in The Wire, as part of the historical record. News from Squadrons 407
I have also received two letters which could not be included In Other Units 416
the relevant sections but which deserve to be printed.
Adventure Training 422
The first was from Jeanine Akehurst, who wrote to advise the Sport 432
Corps that her mother, Mrs N C North widow of Col J P North
CBE, late of Hunters Close, Carperby, N Yorkshire passed away Royal Signals Association 441
on 17th August. She wanted this to be noted in The Wire to let Donations 441
old friends know.
Last Post 446
The second came through the Secretary of the RSI and Obituaries 447
concerned Bill Venus¸ who was well known to many of the Lost Comms 449
Corps in the 1970s. Bill served with 21 and 22 Signal
Regiments, during which time he helped the former to win 6 Correspondence 450
Army Athletics Championships and several Army Cross Country Miscellaneous Stories 450
Championships, while he monopolised the Army Individual
Championships and competed regularly for the Army and Inter- FANY - A Century of Service 451
Service Cross Country teams. Bill is now sadly hospital bound, Tunnel Dinner 452
suffering from Parkinson’s and Motor Neurone Diseases and
would very much like to hear from old colleagues. He can be
contacted via his wife, Enid at 14 Sycamore Close, Exmouth
EX84 NF or on [email protected]
FRONT COVER BACK COVER
Comd 2 Sig Bde with his staff and guests ready for the farewell A member of the Blue Helmets proves that with a little assistance,
dinner in the underground complex at Corsham (See page 452). you can walk on water.
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UPDATE ON ROYAL SIGNALS TRADE REVIEW
The pace of change within the Defence environment in reaction to January 2008. The new Class 1 course is designed around
international political and economic factors is challenging to say assisting the Chain of Command in the preparation, deployment,
the least. Within the Corps this manifests itself through an maintenance, sustainment and recovery of comms assets. The
unprecedented rate of change across all Lines of Development. course will also provide the comms and management skills and
Although short to medium term structures have been agreed, it is knowledge required of a Det Comd, providing the foundation for
the Eqpt Programme, as part of the NEC initiative, and sustaining employment as future SNCOs and Supervisors (YofS).
current ops that are the key drivers for change.
There is now no need to sit a Class 1 entrance exam. A new
Future platforms will be extremely powerful, compared to their system is being introduced that will provide a natural selection
predecessors, and will offer users in HQs and fighting units process for Class 1 trg. The Class 1 course will be split into two
unparalleled access to a wide range of information services with parts, with Part 1 being the completion of a Comm Sys Op Class
which to prosecute ops. The deployment and maintenance of 1 Workbook in Unit. Part 2 will be delivered at the Defence
complex systems and the continuous provision of seamless, College of Communication and Information Systems (DCCIS)
uninterrupted services over strategic and tactical networks, in Blandford. On award of Class 2 in trade, the Comm Sys Op will
conjunction with those delivering managed services, presents the complete 1 year as a Class 2 tradesman before the Unit requests
Corps with an exciting and demanding challenge, particularly from DCCIS a Class 1 Part 1 Workbook for the individual. Each
during this period of transition. Workbook will arrive in A5 colour format with the soldier’s name
regtl number printed on it.
It is the men and women of the Corps, together with our technical
supervisors and the support of a strong Regtl Duty backbone and The Workbook contains Trg Objectives that will require a Class 2
ethos that will deliver the mil capability required across the Comm Sys Op to carry out a number of Det Comd tasks under
Spectrum of Conflict. In turn, they will only be able to discharge supervision and assessment of a Class 1 Det Comd. On
their responsibilities if they are properly trained and educated as completion of the Workbook, the soldier must receive a
soldiers, tradesmen and leaders. recommendation on their annual report from their CO that they
are ready for Part 2 of the Class 1 course at Blandford. Having
Although there is a clear need to evolve, it is essential that the received notification of the completion of the Workbook and
changes are set against an operational context. There must be recommendation from the CO, MCM Div will load soldiers onto
no dilution of quality in trade or at Regtl Duty. Increasingly trg, Part 2 of the Class 1 course, according to time served and rank
both for trade and employment, will become competency based. status.
Trg regimes need to accommodate the frequent upgrades or
updates to software operated and managed systems. As new The Workbook will take approximately 1 year to complete and
eqpt is introduced into Service, trg courses will be continually has been designed to allow completion either in the workplace or
revised. It is highly likely that operators and technical engineers on ops. Once completed, the Workbook is to be retained with
will attend the same modules for some future systems. the soldier’s personal file, before being taken on to Part 2 of the
course. Units will have received the first batch of Workbooks in
The following trade group updates outline in brief the evolving early September 07 for all qualified Class 2 pers to begin
policy within the Corps, which is being implemented to meet the completion prior to attendance on the first course in 2008.
challenges of our changing technological environment. These
updates are coordinated by SO1 Trg and SO2 ICS TDT but FREQUENTLY ASKED QUESTIONS FOR COMM SYS OP
written by the respective TDT Analysts as Subject Matter Experts.
Drafted in August 07 for the October 07 Edition of The Wire, Q1. I am an ex-Area Systems Operator (AS Op), do I have
some options and decisions will have been overtaken by events to attend a conversion course to become a Comm Sys Op?
instigated by the Trade Sponsor Steering Groups (TSSG) of TDT
and the Implementation Working Groups (IWG) of the Trg Branch. Answer. No. On 1 April 2007 all Operators became Comm Sys
The most up to date data will be on the SOinC(A) ICS TDT Ops. When you are posted to a unit with a comms system that
Website. Career advice is always available through RCMOs and you have not been trained on, you will receive Pre-Employment
MCM Division. Training (PET) for that system. For example if you are an ex-AS
Op and posted to a Bowman unit then you will attend 2 short
COMMUNICATION SYSTEMS OPERATOR PET modules. First, the Radio Fundamentals Course at
Blandford where you will be taught Radio Fundamentals,
On 1 April 2007, the Area Systems Operator and Radio Systems Antennae and Propagation for HF & VHF as well as a Voice
Operator CEQs were merged into a single roster, the Procedure module. The second course is the Bowman Advance
Communication Systems Operator (Comm Sys Op). The first Signaller course, also at Blandford. Each PET for the Comm Sys
Class 3 course outputted from the DCCIS in May 07. The chosen Op is around 3-4 weeks long and will be available for every
medium for Phase 2 trg is Bowman, with the Class 3 course Comms System in service.
leading to the qualification of a Bowman Advanced Signaller. The
course also provides all underpinning knowledge required to Q2. I am already Class 1 in trade. Will I be expected to
complete trg on other systems (FALCON, Cormorant, Ptarmigan return to Blandford to complete the Comm Sys Op Class 1
and REACHER), which will be delivered as separate Pre- course?
Employment Trg (PET) as required. As pers progress through their
careers and move to different employment roles, they will be Answer. No. You are already a Class 1 Comm Sys Op. The new
provided with the appropriate PET to allow them to carry out the course contains no eqpt trg; therefore any further trg required by
tasks required in the new role. Requirement for a PET will be you will be conducted during PET on arrival at your new unit.
articulated on an Assignment Order and be the responsibility of a Q3. Is there a start standard for the Comm Sys Op Class 1
receiving Unit. course?
Class 1 trg for the Comm Sys Op is scheduled to begin in Answer. Yes. Every Comm Sys Op coming on the course must
be a Bowman Advanced Signaller and have completed the Class trades, but will focus on future technologies, eqpts and
1-Part 1 Workbook. The new course uses 2 days of Advanced procedures.
Signaller (Systems) trg to teach generic Network Management
principles, therefore every soldier attending must have the Q2. What will be the tasks, roles and responsibilities of the
Bowman Advanced Signaller qualification. On completion of Part new Engineer?
1 of the course through the Workbook, MCM Div will identify the
courses each soldier will require to meet the start standard. Answer. The new trade will have its roots in skills and education
to support the delivery, maint and system management rather
Q4. I have already passed a Class 1 entrance exam. Will I than eqpt manipulation and operation.
have to complete a Workbook to attend the Class 1 course?
The timing for implementing changes has been determined, the
Answer. Yes. We are currently identifying all soldiers that are necessary documentation and associated issues have been
waiting to attend their Class 1 course. These soldiers will receive resolved to allow the introduction of the first Comm Sys Eng
the Workbooks first. Units will be instructed to look at these Class 3 course in 2008, graduating to the Field Army before
soldiers closely and to complete the Workbook as soon as Christmas. A key issue being addressed is the implication for
possible. It is realised that, initially, this will involve prior trg being Engineers of contractor-led repair and Whole Fleet Management,
recognised and tasks signed off retrospectively. The Workbook given that repair and maint will also be increasingly software
requires completion, as it is an integral part of the Part 2 trg of driven.
the course. Each soldier must also meet the start standard of the
course. MCM Div will identify the courses each soldier will Q3. Will there be any conversion trg?
require to meet the start standard.
Answer. There are currently no plans to instigate any conversion
Q5. I am an ex-RS Op with no C&E licence. Will I receive trg during the implementation of the Comm Sys Engr. There may
this as a Comm Sys Op? be some PET modules that individuals may have to complete
prior to attending the Class 1 course.
Answer. When you are posted to a role that requires a C&E
licence, at a Cormorant unit for example, then you will have the Q4. How does the course differ from current trg?
opportunity to gain the qualification. C&E Driver trg will only be
provided when required for the Job Role. Answer. The Comm Sys Engr Class 3 and Class 1 courses are
based on the key areas of current trg, utilising existing trg as
COMMUNICATION SYSTEMS ENGINEER appropriate, releasing any legacy trg and employing new trg to
meet current (and future) needs of the Field Army. It is envisaged
From 1 May 2008, it is intended that the Systems Engineering that both new courses will be longer than current IS Engr
Technician and Information Systems Engineer CEQs will become courses, but shorter than current Sys Eng Tech courses.
a single roster, the Communication Systems Engineer (Comm Sys
Engr). The foundation trg to be provided at Class 3 level, starting Q5. Will the new courses lead to civilian accreditation?
May 08, will be based on the requirements to support Bowman
and DII(FD), leading to a single group of pers capable of dealing Answer. This area remains under investigation. Work is
with both hardware and software problems as well as the maint of underway with partners from industry and the civilian environment
Networks, Bearers and supported Applications. to identify any areas of the proposed trg that would attract either
civilian or vocational qualifications and accreditation.
The Class 3 course will also provide the required skills and
knowledge for pers to undertake PET modules as required to fit Q6. What will the pay/rank be of a newly qualified Comm
them for employment in units with specific roles. The Class 1 Sys Engr?
course is currently being developed, with the requirements having
been identified and the planned date for the first delivery is Answer. The aspiration is for the Class 3 Comm Sys Engr to
November 08. receive the pay and rank advantages currently awarded to the
Sys Eng Tech (High Band LCpl at Class 3).
In line with the above changes, it will also be necessary to re-
evaluate the requirements of a single Technical Supervisor to be Q7. Does the Class 1 course have an entrance exam?
drawn from the ranks of the Comm Sys Engr roster. A study into
these requirements will commence in Autumn 07, with the Answer. This has yet to be decided, however the aspiration is for
intention of initiating a single Technical Supervisor course in the course to be loaded in line with the Comm Sys Op Class 1,
2011/2012. the process for which is described earlier.
The challenges in creating the new roster are considerable, Q8. I am already a Class 1, what does it mean to me?
however retaining the status quo would lead to greater difficulties.
With careful management and co-ordination through the TSSG Answer. The study into the single Technical Supervisor, due to
and IWG processes, all Lines of Development are being begin in Autumn 07 will identify the future supervisory
synchronised to produce the new capability to support the next requirements.
generation of eqpt, applications and ops.
SYSTEMS ENGINEERING COMPETENCY AUGMENTATION
FREQUENTLY ASKED QUESTIONS (SECA) COURSE
Q1. Why do we need a single Engineer? Many of you will be aware of the impact on ops (TELIC and
HERRICK) of the shift in emphasis in the provision of IS services.
Answer. The Army ICS TDT have conducted reviews of the Recently it has been necessary to send non-IS Engr on IS centric
structures and content of core trg as a result of the demands of Pre-Deployment Trg courses to deflect the shortage of qualified
the New Eqpt Programme. Due to the “Whole Life Approach”, pers. This has had an impact on the capability we provide. Even
the intent is to create fewer, but larger trade rosters based on the in barracks, Comds are frustrated by the lack of suitably trained
New Eqpt Programme. This includes the consequences on future IS pers and are attempting to meet the demand with inefficient
structures and organisations. An investigation report, supported (from a focus and cost basis) civilian delivered courses.
by evidence from the Field Army, focussed on the creation of a
single engineer roster, which was ratified by the People Line of A decision was made at the HQ SOinC(A) People Line of
Development Steering Committee in 2006. This roster will deliver Development Steering Group to implement an initiative to
the capability that is currently provided by the two engineering increase the number of IS trained pers in advance of the
introduction of the Comm Sys Engr. This initiative should On completion of both modules the EW Sys Op will attend C
minimise the impact on ops and in barracks until the full effect of licence driver trg. On posting to their first unit, EW Sys Ops will
the Comm Sys Engr comes into play. The initiative consists of be required to attend PET trg appropriate to EW or ECM/EOD
the provision of additional trg to Sys Eng Techs to allow them to employment.
undertake IS tasks. The package will be primarily targeted at
Class 2 pers, as the minimum requirement, and will provide a FREQUENTLY ASKED QUESTIONS
series of IS orientated modules for up to 60 pers. This will make
the individuals more flexible and employable, while offering them Q1. Why do we need to make these changes?
attractive trg and skills for the future.
Answer. The changes are being made to meet the changing op
The SECA course aims to augment the competencies of requirements of LAND and the JSSO as well as the demands
successful candidates and the aspiration is for these individuals driven by the new eqpt programme.
to become the Corps’ first Class 2 Comm Sys Engr. Work is
ongoing to develop their opportunities. Q2. When will the changes to trg take place?
The pers will return to their original units once they have Answer. The first Basic Comms Exploitation Course (BCE)
completed trg. It is planned for the first course to begin in Module 1 will commence at DCCIS in October 07, with the
January 08, with each course being 10 weeks in length, catering Module 2 graduating from DCI in March 08.
for 15 students per course. The trg will take place in Blandford.
Units have already been notified of course details and booking Q3. I am currently a Comm Sys Op, how do I apply to
procedures in a LAND G6 Tasking Order. become an EW Sys Op?
FREQUENTLY ASKED QUESTIONS Answer. Any Comm Sys Op wishing to apply to become an EW
Sys Op should firstly contact their Chain of Command, who will
Q1. Why is the trg only for Sys Eng Tech Class 2? refer the individual to the RCMO. The RCMO will then process
the application to Change of Career Employment (CCE). If the
Answer. To design a coherent and useful course it was decided application is successful, the individual will be loaded onto a BCE
that there had to be a common start standard. Taken together Module 1 course at DCCIS. The policy documentation to support
with the intention of awarding the Comm Sys Engr qualification the application should now be at Units.
and a uniform approach to prior learning and competencies it
was deemed logical to make only one trade roster eligible. Q4. Will there be any conversion trg for existing EW Sys
Q2. What kind of trg will it be?
Answer. There are no plans to instigate any conversion trg, as
Answer. The content of the SECA course will be largely based on the BCE Modules are an amalgamation of the current FCC/HF
the core module of the current Class 3 IS Engr course, including CAST/AHF CAST courses designed to meet the current op
Network Hardware, Electronic Messaging, Data Comms, IP, and requirements within one bespoke course.
LAN/WAN Architecture. The course will culminate in a
consolidation ex to practice the skills and competencies taught Q5. What is the pay/rank of a newly qualified EW Sys Op?
on the course.
Answer. The EW Sys Op will receive the pay and rank
Q3. Does the course lead to any accreditation? advantages that were awarded to Special Operators (High Band
LCpl at Class 3).
Answer. This issue has not yet been resolved, but is currently
being investigated. DRIVER LINEMAN AND TECHNICAL SUPPLY SPECIALIST
Q4. How do I apply for the course? Following an extensive study, proposals are now being developed
to merge both of these trades into a single Comms Logistics
Answer. Your first point of contact should be through your Line Specialist roster.
Manager. Details of course dates and booking procedures have
been sent through the Chain of Command. The study had identified that many of the trg requirements of
these rosters had a degree of similarity, which will be catered for
in future trg. Future demands have also been identified, including
ELECTRONIC WARFARE SYSTEMS OPERATOR additional IT trg and the requirement for pers to possess Fibre
Handling skills to supplement Line skills. These additional skills
The Special Operator trade name was changed on 8 September will become essential in assisting with the building of deployable
06 to Electronic Warfare Systems Operator (EW Sys Op). HQs in the field.
Previously the individual had been recruited from the outset at
ACIOs and AFCOs in line with all other CEQs. It was recognised Progressive trg, PET, will be designed to be introduced
that this may be too early in a soldier’s career. It was also throughout a career and will be delivered at all levels as required.
recognised that amongst the Royal Signals Operator community, This will allow pers to undergo their own development and
there are a number of soldiers who would make excellent EW Sys consolidate skills before moving onto additional requirements
Ops once they had gained some op experience. It was decided driven by rank and Job Role within the unit.
to cover the annual requirement for EW Sys Ops from a mixture
of Direct Entry and C
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