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    (Original post by hatchleader)
    Well I've spoken to UBAS, Oxford, and east Midlands (after being told by northamptons local AFCO that they would likely take me) and they all told me that there were no exceptions. I asked my local AFCO to look into it and they also came back saying it was a definite no!

    I will give ULAS a call today during my lunch and see if i have any more luck. If everything fails then I'll head to another uni's freshers fair.

    Thanks for the help!
    Dude seriously, just rock up at the freshers fairs - speak to the instructors NOT the admin cell over the phone. The admin cell just stick to what they know and if you are a good egg they (the instructors) will make exceptions. They make the selection and do the final cut.
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    Do ULAS have a fitness test?
    From what i heard sounds like there is one.
    50 sit ups and 40 press ups
    1.5 miles in 10 minutes
    Are these correct?
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    (Original post by athuva)
    Do ULAS have a fitness test?
    From what i heard sounds like there is one.
    50 sit ups and 40 press ups
    1.5 miles in 10 minutes
    Are these correct?

    From what I believe it is level 9.1 on the bleep test, 13 pushups and 25 situps. I may be incorrect though.
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    (Original post by cornford4)
    From what I believe it is level 9.1 on the bleep test, 13 pushups and 25 situps. I may be incorrect though.
    Male: 9.10 on bleep test; 20 press ups in 1 minute; 35 situps in 1 minute.
    Female: Significantly less.
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    All the air squadrons do the fitness test every 6 months.

    9.10 bleep test, 20 press ups in a 1 min....etc
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    Why is the number of pushups required in UAS higher than the minimum for OASC? http://www.raf.mod.uk/careers/getfit...it_officer.pdf - see link for OASC requirements.
    I do appreciate that one does not aim to scrape through the fitness tests.
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    (Original post by cornford4)
    Why is the number of pushups required in UAS higher than the minimum for OASC? http://www.raf.mod.uk/careers/getfit...it_officer.pdf - see link for OASC requirements.
    I do appreciate that one does not aim to scrape through the fitness tests.
    It's the standard RAF fitness test.

    As far as I'm aware, OASC is the same. Publisher typo?
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    Hatchleader, join an OTC or a local TA unit. Dont bother with the UAS, it sounds like they are going to be funny about things. Ill wager youll get more out of the TA than youll get out of the UAS!
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    (Original post by ub2008)
    Hatchleader, join an OTC or a local TA unit. Dont bother with the UAS, it sounds like they are going to be funny about things. Ill wager youll get more out of the TA than youll get out of the UAS!
    My issue with that is the commitment side of things, by joining up you are effectivly commiting to far more than with the UAS. Personnally, whilst you can turn down instructions to participate in TA or RAF reserve operations, it seems a little rich to sign up for all the perks and then turn them down when they require something from you because your in Uni. At least with the UAS it is known and designed around student life, which makes everything far easier on that side of things.

    But yeah it does seem like UAS is pissing me about... Might have found a couple of back doors though, although after checking it seems that all the airforce bases are 2 hours away on the train anyway!!!

    Time to strap on a set and get used to long train journeys on a regular basis i think!
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    Hey there guys, regarding the subject of credited Uni's for UAS..In my case Liverpool, Liverpool John Moores and Lancaster. One of my former flight-sergeants at ATC joined UAS last september, LUAS (Liverpool uni air squadron), and he now recruits at the freshers events for each uni. He told me squadrons don't just credit candidates from the selected Uni's, thats just where they advertise their stalls for students at the fairs. He said there are members from all different types of Uni's including Chester, Edge Hill and Liverpool hope..practically all over the north-west, and said just come along to either of the freshers events at the Unis and apply, you will have just as good a chance as anybody else wanting to join.
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    Could anybody give me a rough idea how long after the more formal interview at the station is the fitness test. Thanks in advance
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    Hello guys, I've just been awarded a RAF University Bursary (just awaiting security clearance) and will start at Durham University in October. I'm extremely looking forward to joining NUAS. Am I correct in that the training nights at NUAS are held on a Tuesday, somewhere in Newcastle? Also, do many activities at NUAS happen at the weekend? I'm currently trying to get a transfer in work to Durham and need to state my hours.

    @ cornford4 - The requirements at OASC are different to those stated in that pdf. You need to be able to do 20 press-ups and 35/26 sit-ups in 1 minute.

    Thanks,
    Chris
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    Hey everyone,

    I just wanted to ask a couple of questions, I am applying to the RAF now for a University bursary for my second year (I am starting uni this month but obviously too late for this year). Im applying for pilot and basically I have just read through the medical stuff in the application pack and as far as I can tell I am all ok except that I had 2 minor operations in december last year on my elbows and it states "no joint operations within the last 12 months". Now obviously I personally know my elbows are now perfect, but what I am asking is, is it likely OASC will be before or after december this year and will my operations put me at a disadvantage. More to the point, I will be applying to UAS this month and will it stop me joining there?? I will stress that my elbows are in perfect order and can easily pass all the fitness tests without any problems,

    Thanks in advance
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    (Original post by hatchleader)
    My issue with that is the commitment side of things, by joining up you are effectivly commiting to far more than with the UAS. Personnally, whilst you can turn down instructions to participate in TA or RAF reserve operations, it seems a little rich to sign up for all the perks and then turn them down when they require something from you because your in Uni. At least with the UAS it is known and designed around student life, which makes everything far easier on that side of things.

    But yeah it does seem like UAS is pissing me about... Might have found a couple of back doors though, although after checking it seems that all the airforce bases are 2 hours away on the train anyway!!!

    Time to strap on a set and get used to long train journeys on a regular basis i think!

    Not quite sure what you mean by the commitment side of things.

    If you join the OTC you will have no more or less commitment than in the UAS. At the risk of getting shot down, I would suggest you will also get plenty of (probably more) leadership training and military skills training than you would get in the UAS, which will stand you in good stead as a potential RAF Engineer officer.

    If you subsequenty manage to get an RAF Bursary then you will automatically be attached to your nearest UAS anyway.

    You could also look at nearby TA units. You have three years to offer them - which is plenty of time to get some decent return out of you. As a student you won't get called up . Most TA units have a couple of students in them (see lots of other threads on here about that) who are planning to go regular and so long as they get something out of you are generally pretty happy with that.

    You could also look at the RAuxAF, (see the RAF reserves web site). I reckon Cottesmore and Benson are both within travelling distance. Again most RAF reserve units have a few students looking to go regular. You might even be able to get in a short tour over the summer as the RAF reserves are much more flexible about op tour length than the Army.

    So lots of options.

    Good luck
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    Hatchleader, there are students in most TA units, three years, like armyboy says, is more than enough to offer them. I did an operational tour in my gap year and am now going to uni. I am looking into the TASO scheme as it seems like a good way of maintaining the links with your old unit whilst getting all the "benefits" of the OTC. The TA is probably even better than the OTC in some ways, as youll be with people who are, on the whole, much older than you. This gives you bags of confidence and also gives you the opportunity to socialise with a different group of people from the ones you are used to socialising with at university.
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    Is anyone going to answer my question??
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    (Original post by dontlookhere)
    Hey everyone,

    I just wanted to ask a couple of questions, I am applying to the RAF now for a University bursary for my second year (I am starting uni this month but obviously too late for this year). Im applying for pilot and basically I have just read through the medical stuff in the application pack and as far as I can tell I am all ok except that I had 2 minor operations in december last year on my elbows and it states "no joint operations within the last 12 months". Now obviously I personally know my elbows are now perfect, but what I am asking is, is it likely OASC will be before or after december this year and will my operations put me at a disadvantage. More to the point, I will be applying to UAS this month and will it stop me joining there?? I will stress that my elbows are in perfect order and can easily pass all the fitness tests without any problems,

    Thanks in advance

    If you apply early in the year you will go to oasc in decemberish. If you apply around sept to nov then its probably the next year.

    Ask at the freshers fair, or even better, phone up oasc. Or the Afco.
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    (Original post by Billboy05)
    If you apply early in the year you will go to oasc in decemberish. If you apply around sept to nov then its probably the next year.

    Ask at the freshers fair, or even better, phone up oasc. Or the Afco.
    Ok thanks, it should be ok then as far as I can tell.
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    Tell the UAS you have an ongoing application to the RAF, it will (no doubt) increase your chances of getting in.
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    (Original post by ub2008)
    Tell the UAS you have an ongoing application to the RAF, it will (no doubt) increase your chances of getting in.
    Thanks mate, I'll bear that in mind.

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