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    I am interested in joining the RAF as either a Training Officer or Administrative Officer. I have a degree in Computer Information Systems and 3.5 years experience as an IT Manager in a large school.

    I was wondering if anyone could give me more information about the training undertaken in these branches after IOT and the RAFs intake for each compared to applications.

    I would also like to hear from anyone who knows about pay scales as I have a family to support I would like to know what pay is given to entrants during IOT - I have heard it is a minimum of 'Level 5', which is about £21k but have also heard that enhanced starting pay is offered for applicants with experience, qualifications and skills.

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    branch training for admin lasts 3 months at raf halton. As your from an IT background (like myself) you'll find the training to be familier as it is based upon IT systems.

    Although the training is split into this:
    • Organisational management
    • Finance
    • Infrastructure management
    • Personnel

    As for pay during IOT, I beleave that is at the 13k mark for that time until graduation (someone will correct me if im wrong on this).

    With regards to experence and education, as a graduate you'll start IOT as a pilot officer rather then an officer cadet but I dont know if that plays any effect to the pay structure.

    raf halton website ( http://www.rafhalton.co.uk/ ) is worth a look as it gives some information there, although it is a little criptic over the branch the training is for, it is for admin.

    Also this is the branch im applying for

    Any other questions feel free to ask
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    Does anyone have information about the Training Branch?
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    For the training branch, I dont unfortunately.
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    (Original post by Scorg)
    As for pay during IOT, I beleave that is at the 13k mark for that time until graduation (someone will correct me if im wrong on this).

    With regards to experence and education, as a graduate you'll start IOT as a pilot officer rather then an officer cadet but I dont know if that plays any effect to the pay structure.
    It does; I've just posted a fairly chunky reply regarding this in another thread. You're paid around £12k as an officer cadet, which is your rank through IOT if you're a direct entrant without a degree. With a degree, you're technically commissioned from day 1 and are a Plt Off through IOT, on £21k.

    Off Cdts graduate as Acting Plt Offs, on around £15k, then follow a progressive system of time promotions to end up with them as Flt Lts within somthing like 5-6 years.

    Student Officers serve 6 months as a Plt Off, which includes time at IOT. I'm not sure if this will be restructured for the new course. After that 6 months, you become a Fg Off, and enter the Fg Off rank at a certain pay point depending on previous qualifications and relevant experience if you're in a branch which pays heed to it. The pay point not only determines your pay (which will be around £26k), but also time to Flt Lt. As a Flt Lt, you'll start on level 1, which pays something just over £30k, unless you're something barking like a doctor.
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    (Original post by Wzz)
    As a Flt Lt, you'll start on level 1, which pays something just over £30k, unless you're something barking like a doctor.
    in which case... ?
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    (Original post by medic_bex)
    in which case... ?
    I found the forces pay review as a pdf a few months back, it had details for doctors in that. Once I get back from having to go out now, i'll try find it again
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    http://www.mod.uk/issues/pay/index.htm

    there you go
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    I am posting this here because it is of the same interested-in-the-raf vein.

    I've been following some of the threads and because some of you- well, all of you!- are more knowledgable about the RAF take on things I would like your advice on my situation: I had intended to be an academic, but I no longer have an interest in that, albeit late in the day because I am doing a PhD. The armed forces, raf in particular, are one of the few alternative careers I am considering. Problem is that my CV is pretty blank in terms of the things that I assume would be advantageous (team activities, sports and the like). What are my chances? Slim to miraculous?

    Thanks for any comments
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    Well you don't really know until you try. You may not have sports and such but you may be excellent in leadership qualities and planning. You won't be discounted because you weren't the captain of the rugby team but you will be asked if you had any oppertunities to play in team events and why you did/did not. I think you'll find that a lot of people don't have many extra curricular activites but now is the time to get involved if you want to. Volunteer down your local charity, pick up a sport with a friend that you may enjoy, etc.
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    I work long hours all week and look after my kids at the weekend which means I don't have much time for extra things that look good on the CV, will the fact that I live in the real world and have such limits be taken into consideration?
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    well have you looked at anything else? I volunteer with the RSPCA and it takes me 15 minutes a week.
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    Yeah i'm in the same situation.

    Currently doing an undergrad degree in war studies, have one two year old son and another child on the way in november. This leaves very little time for anything outside of study time.
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    a good idea would be to go to your local afco and ask their advice... you don't have to sign anything straight away, they might be able to point you in the right direction...

    btw, thanks BH and scorg for t'info
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    There is always time to do something. Like I said you can do 15 minutes a week at an RSPCA centre. Nothing prearranged, just walk in and ask to help out. Also why not volunteer one lunch time a week to a charity shop? If you want to do it then you can.
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    have a look at http://www.yearofthevolunteer.org
    There are at times listings for volunteers to work on a one off oneday project that can get yourselfs about and into voluntary work.
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    (Original post by envoy)
    I am posting this here because it is of the same interested-in-the-raf vein.

    I've been following some of the threads and because some of you- well, all of you!- are more knowledgable about the RAF take on things I would like your advice on my situation: I had intended to be an academic, but I no longer have an interest in that, albeit late in the day because I am doing a PhD. The armed forces, raf in particular, are one of the few alternative careers I am considering. Problem is that my CV is pretty blank in terms of the things that I assume would be advantageous (team activities, sports and the like). What are my chances? Slim to miraculous?

    Thanks for any comments
    I would say...Don't be put off, but be prepared to put in alot of work!!
    And I say this from experience...I too decided I was interested in a career in the RAF towards the end of my PhD (in a very unrelevant neuroscience) and, like you, I hadn't done many of the sporting/outward bound things that you might think you need. I'd done other things eg music/dance and voluntary teaching (to undergrads/school projects)...don't forget that things that you might dismiss as part of your PhD like teaching or presenting at conferences look good too.

    At my first meeting at the AFCO I was told to get out and get some adventure training...and I was asked about what I had done everytime I went back...it was an "if you don't do something then you don't want it enough" situation. Although I don't have the additional family responsibilities you do, so they might take that into some consideration. Anyway what I did was some hillwalking, running and climbing as best as I could around writing and a full time job.

    I got to OASC, but having only submitted a few weeks earlier I didn't have enough depth of knowledge to make it through the interview...I'm gonna try again next year.

    Looking back I wish I'd delayed applying longer and got my PhD done first. That's what I'd recommend...trying to prepare both didn't work in the end. It takes several months to get to OASC after applying, so maybe start the process before you finish, but make sure you've got a good chunk of time to recover from PhD-land and prepare before OASC.

    Feel free to PM me if you'd like to chat more,

    Good luck...

    Val

    P.S...sorry if I went on too long...
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    I'm in the Special Constabulary, which is voluntary I suppose.
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    yes, it is.
 
 
 
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