People who think they are 'better' because they have a degree clearly don't know what the RAF is about ultimately. However, there is clearly something gained in having a degree, the stats show that vis a vis success rates in training.
I would argue that all your achievements, annual appraisals etc may well be effective in gaining you a commission, but a degree would almost certainly have been a quicker route, and one that gave you seniority/increased financial returns over your current route. I guess that you will have served for about 5 years before you march into your first JO office? Simple maths, join as an Airman, spend the best part of a year in various elements of training, won't be seriously considered for anything promotion commissioning wise before 3 ARs, then min 6 months going through the process, then at least a year going through IOT and professional training - little if any change out of 5 years, nearer 6. Your degree taking contemporary will have spent 3 years doing underwater basket weaving at Uni, a year doing IOT/professional training, and will have the best part of a tour under their belt when you join them in the Mess. I'm not saying that your decision is wrong at all, what I am suggesting is that there is, for the majority, a more efficient route that the RAF is more geared up to accepting.
There are, of course, alternatives to having a degree, but the evidence is that just being a determined DE with loads of extra-curriculars isn't the most effective one.
If someone implies they are 'better' in some way because they have a degree, treat them like the pr*t they are, but appreciate that they are offering the RAF some proof of ability in the context that the RAF wants.
You might not join the forces for the money, but looking at it, you get a hell of a lot of money for the job, considering 99.9% of people aren't doing it purely for the money.
(By the way, what is all this "not doing it for the money" lark, would you still join if they didn't pay you?)
Going back to the importance of a degree up until 1985 (I don't have any more recent figures) only 2 of all the CASs were graduates, food for thought at least.
oH and another point of note; my father was one of those bods who joined the RAF thinking he was overqualified or too clever for it; he almost failed IOT and stuggled to get Sqn Ldr (only getting it after his 16 years was up as he had an extra year added on for his masters) before the end of his commission.
I'm still on Mod1, seems to be taking forever. 3 weekends left until I start Mod2.