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    I've just sat my AST and to my delight scored high 80's across the sections. I've been told I can continue and I'm really excited. The only thing is worrying me is the age and demand of the job.

    I wanted to ask any young members in the forces whether they got looked down at in the forces or if they still do. (although I should hope not).

    I'm 18 and will be 19 soon but the other man who applied for the position was easily in his 30's. Is this job for older people, and if so why is it open to 17 year olds?

    Any feedback would be great should it be advise or someone telling me to stop worrying and man up.

    Thank you.

    The system won't select you for the job if they aren't comfortable that providing you work at your training you will be able to do the job. Don't worry.

    You are more likely to do well at the technical and applied aspects of being an air traffic controller at your age rather than at 30. That's essentialy why there are age limits for pilot entry etc - you just respond better to the sort of technical aptitude type training when you are younger as you're more adaptable and your reflexes etc are sharper.
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    It's not necessarily a job for old people, but it is a job for mature people. As an SNCO you will be working with people of equal rank who are in their late 20s, early 30s or older. You will have to be a credible operator to work with them. You will also be more senior and in charge of people in their 20s and inevitably older than you, and to begin with, who have more RAF service than you. Again, you will have to present as a credible leader to these people, which takes not age, but maturity. So what they are looking for when selecting both SNCO ATC and WSOps, which they are not looking for in regular Airman candidates, is a relative and immediate maturity.
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