Station Visit Watch
I have recently been for my filter interview at the AFCO. All went reasonably well and will hopefully receiving a date to visit OASC in the coming weeks. In the meantime I would like to visit an active station to have a look around and ask questions etc. Has anyone organised trips around stations before. If so can you give me some info/advice please?
The position I am going for is Engineer Officer, so I would ideally like to get a look around an Engineering branch.
Any info will be appreciated.
Don't you have to be really hot on your maths? As in Further Maths type stuff, and mechanics mainly.
A good starting point is to ask for the Station Adjutant (or OC GD Flight..same thing). They'll be able to sort things out...or put you onto the right person at the least.
Don't forget to say that your AFCO sent you...and bear in mind that people are pretty busy. Keep ringing around until you get what you need.
Also, there are specialist Engineer, Airmen Aircrew and Medical liaison teams at OASC. Give them a ring (number from your AFCO) and they can sort you out!
By all means ask your AFCO to arrange something, and the Engineer Liason Team at OASC are a useful bunch of guys who do this for groups of engineers all the time. If you're going to speak to anyone on an RAF station, remember OC GD is likely to be a first tourist or perhaps pre-training admin officer, quite likely a Flying Officer or Pilot Officer immediately out of IOT, who doesn't necessarily have the authority to spuriously invite unknown people onto his/her Station Commander's base.
Speak to the Corporate Communications Officer, or Station PR representative; but the foolproof way for an engineer is to go through the ELT.
If your AFCO doesn't suggest that you organise a station visit, then be pro-active and ask them if you can have their 'blessing' to ring around stations.
Engineers, NCA, Legal and Medical candidates can all utilise their respective Liaison Teams....other branches don't have that luxury. As a last resort, ask your AFCO if they can help you out with organising a visit (although this deprives you of a decent boast at OASC about how you used your initiative )
I really would recommend that all Officer and NCA candidates organise themselves a Station Visit. For that matter...there's no reason why airmen/women candidates shouldn't do that as well.
When I held in the AFCO admin cell at Cranwell, any of the office commanders would be happy to properly arrange a station visit. I still maintain that's the best way to get one properly sorted rather than phoning up out of the blue.
And if you ever get ahold of an MOD operator, I suggest you hang up and give up.
Wzz...I think we met briefly on at least one occasion when I've been in to see Mr Higgins. Are you at Cottesmore now? (If so apologise for me about some of the phone calls I've been sending her way! )
Quite possibly; I worked alongside him for a few months in those very offices. Not at Cottesmore now, slightly further north; where're you?