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hey, a friend of mine is really interested in joining as a signal operator, but she cant find allot of info, and i cant tell her that much about what shes gonna be doing as her job there, so heres the question :what would her job be as a new private at Brigade HQ/ signal squadron..kinda like what she would do on a daily basis. Also if she can get posted to a unit as part of a sigs platoon,etc
any help is great, thanks guys
read that, those arent that much help, i mean what do u do on a daily basis what would your job be as a new private, tasks you would do, etc
Well I figured this question would be answered within a day - but since no one bit - I'll go:

Ok first off, I'd like to cover my butt by saying I'm not a Private in the Bde so I'm not the perfect person to give out the best info.  Secondly, I'd like to add that NO MATTER WHAT any one person tells you it's going to be like for your friend, I can almost guarentee that it really won't be.  Not sure why people like to exagerate/elaborate so much.  All part of story tellin I s'pose.

So I THINK that as a new Pte (Sig) in HQ & Sigs, you would be basically an entry level Signaller.  You could expect to possibly be a driver (Iltis, LS maybe - depends on the quals and the need).  You could end up being a det member but if you just came off of your basic trades training, then you should expect a Tac Rad det as you are now considered to be ready to go in that department - under a normal level of supervision and guidance of course.  I believe that as things seem to be changing very fast now in the trade, you could expect to find yourself (your friend) doing quite a bit of training.  Could be mostly exercises, troop and squadron level run stuff, but maybe you'll find yourself on some more formal training depending again on requirements.

As for day to day - that's really a question to be answered by Sig Bloggins that's there right now.  I know when I was there it was det maintenance, sweeping, shovelling, refresher training, anything really to keep out of the watchful eye.

I think that a basic Private in any trade will most likely be in the same boat.  Janitor, coffee maker, runner, getting your feet wet before you're thrown into the pool so to speak.

Anyway, to anyone who wants to poke holes in my info, I bow down to the superior recent experiences others may have at this type of unit.  But again, I think it could change at any time.  Oh, it just changed right there.  Did you feel that?

I'm not sure if Sigs are going directly to the out units right now either.  I know it does happen sometimes, but with all the training that they need first, it's sometimes best they spend a few years in the Sqn before moving onto a Sigs Pl where there is less of a watchful eye.  But yes, it is possible to get posted to almost any other unit on the base.  Again, you'd usually need those basic "vehicle skills" and a good level of knowledge of the trade.  Which you would have by the time you're looking at a posting anyway......hopefully.  In my opinion, I think being at the outunit is where it's at.  You really get to shine your stuff and do your job without having over a hundred other people (literally) criticizing what you do.  But alas, "THE SQUADRON BUNGEE CORD WILL ALWAYS PULL YOU BACK".  That's where training begins, and should be where the specialists are taught.  And I'll tell ya, some are special all right.

Good luck.........to your friend.

Or you could conceivably venture outside your Bn lines, visit the Sig Sqn down the road from you... and, well you could probably figure it out from there....
Been there, done that..
I was a Pte in Pet. Rest assured you'll be making alot of coffee and cleaning floors and stores.
You'll probably end up at HQ & Sigs in the CP or RadDet for a while until you can prove yourself. Or in Kingston.  No new Pte's go to outdets unless they really really like you!
But this trade is wide open to anything comms.
It's an awesome trade!
Good Luck.
I got outdet when I did my CT. What she does will depend where she ends up.
clinton_84 said:
read that, those arent that much help, i mean what do u do on a daily basis what would your job be as a new private, tasks you would do, etc

Were you posted now?  I can probably find a buddy who is willing to date, I mean, inform her of the trade.  lol