'a choice of two musterings'
The nature of the SA Navy’s communication requirements
necessitates that all formal communication is conducted in a
secure format. Thus the Communication mustering is very
important to safeguard the integrity of communication within
the SA Navy.
MSD members who wish to be trained as Telecommunications Ratings
in the South African Navy have a choice of two musterings i.e. Radio
Communication or Telecommunication Tactical.
Radio Communication entails communicating by means of radio
frequencies. Tactical Communication entails communicating by visual
means i.e. flags, semaphore and flashing light.
The entry requirements to become a Telecommunications Rating are:
- Grade 12 with Mathematics and Physical Science as school
- Must be proficient in English
- Have no speech impediments
- Have at least applied for a Confidential Security Clearance.
The MSD sailors who enter this branch have to complete the
Communication Part 1 course which is nine months long and is held at
the Maritime Warfare Training Centre in Simon’s Town.
Some of the subjects covered include Morse Code, Telex Net
Ceremonial, Flags and Pennants, Voice and Radio Procedures, Flashing
Lights, Semaphore and Microsoft Word.
Radio Communicators are employed onboard warships and at the
Naval Communications Centres in Cape Town and Durban.
Tactical Communicators are employed onboard warships and at the
Main Signal Offices in Cape Town, Durban and Pretoria.