New Navy initiative provides expanding career opportunities

Published on Mr Andrew Bujdegan (author), LSIS Richard Cordell (photographer)

Topic(s): Training

L-R: Commander Matt Butcher and newly promoted Lieutenant Brett South from SUBFOR HQ, and Commander Dylan Findlater from the Collins System Program Office. (photo: LSIS Richard Cordell)
L-R: Commander Matt Butcher and newly promoted Lieutenant Brett South from SUBFOR HQ, and Commander Dylan Findlater from the Collins System Program Office.

It was a significant day for two submariner Warrant Officers as they progressed to the commissioned ranks under the Navy’s Associate Engineers Direct Entry (AEDE) scheme.

Part of a recent initiative to provide a significant opportunity for technical category senior sailors to advance their careers, the AEDE scheme draws on the experience and technical mastery already achieved by the members, and allows them to further contribute to Navy in their chosen field.

With 27 years of Navy experience – predominantly in submarines, Warrant Officer Marine Technician Brett South is looking forward to his commissioning, achieving the next goal in his career and also getting back to sea as a Marine Engineering Officer Submariner (ME SM).

Warrant Officer Marine Technician Mark Layton is also looking forward to the next stage of his Naval career, enabling him to meet new and different challenges and further advance in what already has been an exciting and diverse career.

L-R: Mrs Tracy Layton with her husband, newly promoted LEUT Mark Layton, Commander Dylan Findlater and Director Submarine Sustainment Captain John Sammons all from the Collins System Program Office.

L-R: Mrs Tracy Layton with her husband, newly promoted LEUT Mark Layton, Commander Dylan Findlater and Director Submarine Sustainment Captain John Sammons all from the Collins System Program Office.

Collins Lifecycle Engineering Officer, Commander Matthew Butcher, congratulated the new engineering officers on behalf of the Submarine Enterprise for achieving a significant and well-earned milestone.

“The promotion from Warrant Officer to Lieutenant demonstrates an attractive alternative career path for senior sailors that enables them to continue with a valuable and rewarding career within Navy.

“I look forward to seeing both officers engage this new opportunity to lose the spanners and rise to the challenge of becoming Heads of Departments of major combatants and potentially progress to become senior officers,” he said.

The AEDE Scheme is just one of the opportunities Navy people have to advance in their chosen careers and continue to do what they love.