Other Ranks (Non Technical)
Direct Entry to Submarines
On completion of Recruit training you will be posted to HMAS Stirling in WA to undertake a Submarine Selection Course (SSC) Course for 3 days.
The SSC is a two way process in which:
- Personnel can make an informed decision as to their suitability for submarine service; and
- The member’s suitability for submarine service will be assessed.
Once you have been assessed as suitable at the SSC you will return to HMAS Cerberus for category training as follows.
Communications and Information Systems Course
Duration: Approximately 30 weeks at the Maritime Wing of the Defence Force School of Signals, HMAS CERBERUS, Westernport, Victoria.
This course teaches:
- keyboard typing;
- computers, IS architecture and software application skills;
- security procedures;
- operating radio, satellite and other specific communications equipment, including flashing lights and flaghoists;
- interpreting flags and their meanings, including ceremonial procedures;
- interpreting naval tactical signals and related instructions;
- processing military messages, including accountability and security; and
- selection, operation and management of long and short range radio communications facilities and equipment.
At the end of category training instead of joining the surface fleet directly you will be posted to the Submarine Training and Systems Centre to undertake your submarine specialisation training.
Initial Collins Class Course (ICCC)
Duration: 5 weeks
Consists of a series of Computer based and instructor based modules that introduces the students to the construction, systems and inter-relationships that make up the submarine. The students also undertake Submarine Fire-fighting and Submarine Escape during this 5 week period.
Submariner Communications Information Systems Course
Duration: 3 weeks
Upon successful completion of CISSM training, the sailor is posted to an available training billet onboard a submarine where they undertake their Submarine Sea Qualification (SMSQ) task book. The task book is used to consolidate all the knowledge they have learnt in the STSC and prove they have what it takes to earn their "dolphins".
Further information is available on the Submariner pages.