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    I'm looking to join the RAF as a pilot but if that doesn't work out i am looking into WSOp. The Acoustics and Electronic warfare don't really interest me but Crewman does. I was just wondering if anyone has any advice on how much freedom you get to choose which specialism you progress into? or weather the RAF just decides?
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    (Original post by jimbob_e)
    I'm looking to join the RAF as a pilot but if that doesn't work out i am looking into WSOp. The Acoustics and Electronic warfare don't really interest me but Crewman does. I was just wondering if anyone has any advice on how much freedom you get to choose which specialism you progress into? or weather the RAF just decides?
    It is extremely difficult to get onto, I've been on the "waiting list" for 2 years now for crewman role and so far the job role has only opened once. My advice would be to either be prepared to wait a long time to be accepted or go for the pilot role. Also you apply for what position you want eg crewman, acoustic, electronic or linguist role and then you specialise in that area I believe,
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    The RAF would put you where your aptitude fitted, and where they needed you. Choice isn't really coming into it.
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    (Original post by charrrrles)
    It is extremely difficult to get onto, I've been on the "waiting list" for 2 years now for crewman role and so far the job role has only opened once. My advice would be to either be prepared to wait a long time to be accepted or go for the pilot role. Also you apply for what position you want eg crewman, acoustic, electronic or linguist role and then you specialise in that area I believe,
    How have you been on a waiting list (to apply?!) for 2 years? Something sounds wrong there.
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    (Original post by Merlin55)
    How have you been on a waiting list (to apply?!) for 2 years? Something sounds wrong there.
    In 2 years the job role has only opened once, I must have been unsuccessful the first time I applied because I didn't get invited for an interview etc. I phoned the office to confirm I was on the waiting list and they said yes, I asked them when it was next open and apparently the job is opening in January so hopefully I am successful this time!
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    Jim & Bob

    First of all, I hope you had a very Merry Crimble and have a very Happy and healthy 2011.

    With all the seasons pleasantries out of the way, can I say, without wishing to squash your youthful aspirations, you take the time to read a few of the threads pertaining to RAF recruitment, SDSR etc etc

    Basically, the RAF have lots of pilots, WSO's and WSOp's. After the Defence Review was published in Oct this year, the Govt decided that it could do without a number of capabilities immediately, including Nimrod and Harrier and post Afghanistan (2014-15?) Sentinel. Tornado F3's are already finished, GR4's will drawdown earlier than planned as will C130's. All this means that the RAF is top heavy in the aircrew department - some will fade away (thats me!), others will take voluntary redundancy, some will have redundancy forced on them. The remainder will be redistributed to other roles or platforms.

    What this means for recruitment should be obvious to most people with half a brain! The RAF can afford to be uber picky about who it selects for the very, very few places it has available. I don't believe the window is open for Pilot at the moment, at least not to start training before 2012 at the earliest. For WSOps the position is probably bleaker. No EW / ACO or Cman (FW) are required TFN and Crewman (Rotary) already have a big backlog in the training stream. Think about the future; after we pull out from Afg in the timeframe above, there will be another Defence Review, and you can bet your bottom dollar the personnel trend will be even further downwards.

    Sorry to spoil your plans, Jim & Bob, but from where I'm sitting, the picture is not rosy unless there is a 180 in the Defence budget caused perhaps by one of those unexpected strategic shocks which catch us out every time! Iran anyone?

    Good luck pal- you can still achieve your dreams by working really hard at the academic side, and improving your saleability to ANY employer. If you do get into the RAF (or whatever it's called in the future) as aircrew, you can take heart from knowing that you truly are the best of the best!
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    (Original post by charrrrles)
    In 2 years the job role has only opened once, I must have been unsuccessful the first time I applied because I didn't get invited for an interview etc. I phoned the office to confirm I was on the waiting list and they said yes, I asked them when it was next open and apparently the job is opening in January so hopefully I am successful this time!
    It opened in August - thats when I applied anyway.
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    I'm in the same position as you mate - i'm 100% committed to being in the RAF but with the SDR i'm predicting my chances of being a WSOp are becoming slimmer and slimmer and i'm now thinking of Air Controller but EW WSOp was my first choice
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    (Original post by B3nny boy)
    I'm in the same position as you mate - i'm 100% committed to being in the RAF but with the SDR i'm predicting my chances of being a WSOp are becoming slimmer and slimmer and i'm now thinking of Air Controller but EW WSOp was my first choice
    same, i'm thinking of maybe leaving at a few years and maybe going travelling, i know that gives residency issues but I dont think there will be much recruiting going on for at least two years
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    Then say that. If you have a point to raise about the politics of the current operation in Libya, raise it. Making a random senseless comment in a thread about recruiting isn't making anyone think about anything.
 
 
 
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