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    Hi all
    I really want to join the RAF as non comissioned AC, however I'm still quite young and have been told that life experience is quite important.

    What exactly do people mean when they say life experience?

    I believe I do have some life experience in that I have completed Bronze and Silver D of E, the Ten Tors Expedition, The RAF WARMA Cosford 2 day march, am going to do the Nijmegen Marches this year, also in April am doing the half marathon in my home town, planning on going winter climbing next year to Scotland, I'm a member of the ACF and have done lots of things in there, including a leadership course. I love adventorous training, been skiing a couple of times and going again in 5 days (:woo: cant wait lol) and also have a part time job.

    Does any of that class as 'life experience'?

    Any support and guidence highly appreciated

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    Generally speaking, life exprience is the 'politically correct' way of saying 'a bit older'
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    Thats all great stuff. Keep on doing what you are doing, get involved in the organizing of things and the leadership of activities. Don't forget your academic studies and do the best you can with them to keep you balanced.
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    Sounds like your doing great and all those activities are perfect evidence for the 'life experience'.

    It also shows them that you have self motivation, ambition, leadership and most importantly want to take responsibility.

    Compare yourself with some of the others around that just loaf around getting hammered every weekend and play on their X-Box. You will win every time hands down.

    With what you have achieved I wouldn't bother with NCO Aircrew either, go for a Commision if you can get the academics to back up the rest.

    Nijmegen is a blast too - hope you enjoy it - just make sure you do plenty of training as a team and not just as an individual.
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    I used to want to go officer, but I'm not liking college at the moment lol. I'm very impatient and so in a way I don't like the sound of waiting after uni or after my 2 years at college to have the necessary qualifications to apply as an officer. So if given the chance I would join tomorrow lol. And espicially now with all the cut backs, thats just another reason to get in asap.

    But then in a way I do want to finish my AS and A levels and go uni, that way I'll have a back up if all fails (hopefully it won't) and also when I leave military life and go back to civi street, it will give me a good chance of getting a good job.

    So stretcho, you done Nijmegen have you? How was it? I really wanted to do it last year but I hardly did any training due to exams Some of my mates did it, they said it was awesome. Hopefully I wont miss out this yr.
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    Nijmegan was tough and we reserved ourselves for any partying until the last night.

    To see some of the other teams coming in wasted from partying just as we were leaving for the day at between 4-5am was funny - and our overall times beat just about all the Army teams too!

    It is hard though and like I said it really is a team effort to get back as soon as possible to recover for the next day. If there are people in your team who just want to go for the 'party' then I would seriously think twice as you'll be 'carrying' them.

    The last night was worth it though and the biggest street/town party I've ever been to!

    It doesn't look good either for entry at the minute, sounds like all courses have been effectively put on hold for about 6/12 months and no doubt be well after the election until something more solid is decided due to the spending cuts that are needed.
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    (Original post by 03daws69)
    I used to want to go officer, but I'm not liking college at the moment lol. I'm very impatient and so in a way I don't like the sound of waiting after uni or after my 2 years at college to have the necessary qualifications to apply as an officer. So if given the chance I would join tomorrow lol.
    Just a note on the highlighted, the qualifcations needed to become commissioned aircrew are a minimum of 2 A-Levels and 5 A*-C GCSE's in major subjects. Degrees are only required for specialist trades such as Medical, Engineering, PEdO etc, although you are sensible to consider one "just in case".

    In terms of your original question, I was turned away from my first application at age 17 due to "lack of life experience". I decided against uni, got myself stuck into the big wide world in as many ways as possible. I started doing a lot of volunteering, got myself into full time work and joined the RAuxAF part time also. I travelled around the world on two seperate occasions, and the impression I got of all that from my OASC interview was very positive.

    What you've done so far, especially as you're still young, sounds very good. Follow the advice of the previous posters such as ProStacker and you'll be on the right tracks.

    Good luck.
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    (Original post by 03daws69)
    I used to want to go officer, but I'm not liking college at the moment lol. I'm very impatient and so in a way I don't like the sound of waiting after uni or after my 2 years at college to have the necessary qualifications to apply as an officer. So if given the chance I would join tomorrow lol. And espicially now with all the cut backs, thats just another reason to get in asap.

    But then in a way I do want to finish my AS and A levels and go uni, that way I'll have a back up if all fails (hopefully it won't) and also when I leave military life and go back to civi street, it will give me a good chance of getting a good job.
    "Life experience" means you've developed a mature outlook.

    It's mature to realise that AS and A levels, and/or a degree, are a good thing in themselves, for all sorts of reasons. If you think you'd enjoy them, and they'd be useful in later life, NOW is the time to do them. It's very hard to go back and get qualifications later in life, and you don't sound as though you'd be happy in life without them - two years to get your A levels, followed by a career as an officer, might be more satisfying for you in the long run than immediate entry with just GCSEs. "Life experience" aside, it's perfectly possible to join as an officer without a degree, but as you point out, life after the RAF might be easier with one, and you might want to do a degree for its own sake.

    Even with cut backs, there will still be room for strong candidates in the Armed Forces by the time you complete a degree - and if you keep going the way you are, you sound as if you have the potential to be a very strong candidate. A levels and a degree will only make you stronger, of course!
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    (Original post by stretcho)
    With what you have achieved I wouldn't bother with NCO Aircrew either, go for a Commision if you can get the academics to back up the rest.
    Complete nonsense. In reality, it's six and half a dozen, even on the academics side.
 
 
 
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