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In the Royal Australian Navy, what does a Boatswain's Mate actually do?
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In the Royal Australian Navy, what does a Boatswain's Mate actually do?

On defencejobs the BM seems to be all about weapons, helicopters and some interesting seamanship tasks. However I've heard that all you really end up doing is painting, is this the case?







Tim S
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Yes you will do painting... that comes under the heading "corrosion control". BM are experts in boarding operations, however they do not do all of them by themselves, the ships boarding party is made up of sailors and officers from all areas, however BM's are normally the only ones that will fast rope from helo's. put it this way, the ocean is a big place and there aren't always other boats and ships to board, and the navy wants its moneys worth out of you so you will be doing a lot of stuff that isn't all about weapons. Corrosion control and general maintenance of pretty much everything that isn't done by the mechanical or electrical sailors.


Gotta have more explosions!
In the RAN, they're taught to specialise in a variety of things - boarding other ships via fast boat or helicopter, steering the ship and operating the ship's weapon systems. I don't know where painting comes in, but they're expected to do a host of other tasks at sea as well. There's always work to be done on a ship, and I can't see how they'd be excluded from helping out elsewhere or cleaning the decks.


dankohner1
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As in any Navy they drive the ships.


PFC B
they drive boats for the navy and do any other work that needs to be done. their like a maintenence worker at a school







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