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    hiya im new....called jamie ,18 and all that...im applying for the raf in the next few days...altho i have one catch ...im invited to a testing session with a formula renault teaM...BUT RAF IS MY LIFES DREAM.., cant get pilot got 1 a level and 3 as'...any tips when applying...im nervus of corse...but im ringing then and applying for wsop.wat shud i say lol? my mate has just gone through oasc and he got a 3b which i hear is dam good lol but he doesnt stop rubbing it in that hes got it lol...he gets his medical and security results soon....
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    If you want to be a pilot then why not go to college and get the results for it? You're only 18, the age limit is 23. There's no rush, it is after all the rest of your career. Plus from application to training can take 1-1.5 years. Best thing to do is go into your local AFCO, and just pick up some information booklets and have a look at them and ask them any questions. I'd recommend looking at all branches of the RAF from trades to Officer level, learn about each one and then see what takes your interest. AFCO staff will be able to give you lots of information.
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    (Original post by mclaren_rock)
    hiya im new....called jamie ,18 and all that...im applying for the raf in the next few days...altho i have one catch ...im invited to a testing session with a formula renault teaM...BUT RAF IS MY LIFES DREAM.., cant get pilot got 1 a level and 3 as'...any tips when applying...im nervus of corse...but im ringing then and applying for wsop.wat shud i say lol? my mate has just gone through oasc and he got a 3b which i hear is dam good lol but he doesnt stop rubbing it in that hes got it lol...he gets his medical and security results soon....
    you can always delay the application to the raf, it will always be there, if you've got an opertunity to test in an F Renault, that should not be passed up on, as it may never come again, while the RAF will be there the week later.

    as BH said, its never too late to go to college and take the A levels that you need, then you can be in a position to apply for pilot or any officer position, while also putting you in a better position overall.
    Dont forget, Marc Gene is a graduate in business while Tiago Monteiro is a degree in hotel management. They made sure they had well grounded qualifications behind them while aiming for what they really wanted to do.
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    You should say to them what you're thinking: that you're interested in getting airborne (as you've opted for an NCA branch, rather than that of a CA branch - purely because you're interested in getting airborne and not the Officer role that runs with it). The training is quicker for NCA and you even get paid more straight afterwards, but they do overtake you, as you'd expect. They each have there benefits, for whatever kind of person is applying to them; look into them and if Pilot is what you really want to do - get your arse off to college!
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    (Original post by mclaren_rock)
    hiya im new....called jamie ,18 and all that...im applying for the raf in the next few days...altho i have one catch ...im invited to a testing session with a formula renault teaM...BUT RAF IS MY LIFES DREAM.., cant get pilot got 1 a level and 3 as'...any tips when applying...im nervus of corse...but im ringing then and applying for wsop.wat shud i say lol? my mate has just gone through oasc and he got a 3b which i hear is dam good lol but he doesnt stop rubbing it in that hes got it lol...he gets his medical and security results soon....
    Goodness. Sorry to sound like an off-cut from PPRuNe, but if you can't string together a more coherent post than this I wouldn't bother about applying. There's still an English diagnostic test, I'm sure! Seriously, buy a dictionary and get your old school English books out. First impressions count.
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    Oh yes Officer ranks needs the top dogs! However you say you got 1 A level and 3 AS. Why not ask if they accept 2 AS to 1 A level. Then your in hey!

    Also remember Officer ranks you have to train for up to an Year for basic. So be ready

    My tip is to be polite. Say thank you, shake there hand. Try and not use slang. It just looks good to them thats all..but best off all. Be your self
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    Oh yes Officer ranks needs the top dogs! However you say you got 1 A level and 3 AS. Why not ask if they accept 2 AS to 1 A level. Then your in hey!

    Also remember Officer ranks you have to train for up to an Year for basic. So be ready

    My tip is to be polite. Say thank you, shake there hand. Try and not use slang. It just looks good to them thats all..but best off all. Be your self
    Initial Officer Training (IOT) is 32 weeks long then you may go straight into your specialist training for your branch or be put on hold... spec training can last anything from 5 weeks to 3 years.....
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    (Original post by Fuzzy_Hamster)
    Oh yes Officer ranks needs the top dogs! However you say you got 1 A level and 3 AS. Why not ask if they accept 2 AS to 1 A level. Then your in hey!

    Also remember Officer ranks you have to train for up to an Year for basic. So be ready

    My tip is to be polite. Say thank you, shake there hand. Try and not use slang. It just looks good to them thats all..but best off all. Be your self
    Not neccesarilly; they need people to do their jobs of officers well. If that's what you consider 'top dog' status - fine, but that's not the way to look at it - altleast for me: they're not any better than NC's - purely that they 'thrive' for the leadership; are more academic per se or that they simply want the stripes (though they'd have to be a rather convincing liar in their interviews, as that's not a good enough reason to give someone a place at Cranwell/ Dartmouth/ Sandhurst ). The fact they are an officer doesn't make them any better, or more important than those who do the work from the subordinate world - it does, however, make them different.

    The requirement to apply states you need a certain level to apply, so you need it (I don't know about the English system, so I'm no use - but someone will be able to help, I'm sure). They did, change the system so that you no longer need '2 A-Levels'; but you need a certain UCAS grading (140 or so), so as to include people with BTEC's etc. If you get two A-Level's then you've got enough, so as a rule of thumb - stick to that.

    As Lou stated, IOT is 32 weeks (excluding any problems that may arise); I forget Sandhurst and Dartmouth - but they're both longer? I remember Dartmouth being 11 months (49 weeks? Could be wrong); so you've got a load of training. A load of training whic hthose who are looking to become an officer are more than happy to do and don't think of it as a burden.

    Try this, try that, try the next thing - but be yourself? How about you'repolite (saying thank you, polite - but is also expected (good luck to anyone who doesn't say it!)); youshake their hand (I can't imagine anyone who wouldn't?) and don't use slang in your everyday runnings? Then, it's not an act, but a representation of yourself. A represenation of yourself which they will find better than ''acting the way you think an officer acts.''

    It's a long and arduous career (so I've been told :p:), but if it's what you want - you shouldn't look elsewhere, as you'll never get the job satisfaction that you would knowing you've been through all that training!
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    (Original post by djmarkmclachlan)
    Not neccesarilly; they need people to do their jobs of officers well. If that's what you consider 'top dog' status - fine, but that's not the way to look at it - altleast for me: they're not any better than NC's - purely that they 'thrive' for the leadership; are more academic per se or that they simply want the stripes (though they'd have to be a rather convincing liar in their interviews, as that's not a good enough reason to give someone a place at Cranwell/ Dartmouth/ Sandhurst ). The fact they are an officer doesn't make them any better, or more important than those who do the work from the subordinate world - it does, however, make them different.

    The requirement to apply states you need a certain level to apply, so you need it (I don't know about the English system, so I'm no use - but someone will be able to help, I'm sure). They did, change the system so that you no longer need '2 A-Levels'; but you need a certain UCAS grading (140 or so), so as to include people with BTEC's etc. If you get two A-Level's then you've got enough, so as a rule of thumb - stick to that.

    As Lou stated, IOT is 32 weeks (excluding any problems that may arise); I forget Sandhurst and Dartmouth - but they're both longer? I remember Dartmouth being 11 months (49 weeks? Could be wrong); so you've got a load of training. A load of training whic hthose who are looking to become an officer are more than happy to do and don't think of it as a burden.

    Try this, try that, try the next thing - but be yourself? How about you'repolite (saying thank you, polite - but is also expected (good luck to anyone who doesn't say it!)); youshake their hand (I can't imagine anyone who wouldn't?) and don't use slang in your everyday runnings? Then, it's not an act, but a representation of yourself. A represenation of yourself which they will find better than ''acting the way you think an officer acts.''

    It's a long and arduous career (so I've been told :p:), but if it's what you want - you shouldn't look elsewhere, as you'll never get the job satisfaction that you would knowing you've been through all that training!
    True - it's horses for courses!
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    Oh, and nice to see you back again Wzz. Hope you're well
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    Goodness. Sorry to sound like an off-cut from PPRuNe, but if you can't string together a more coherent post than this I wouldn't bother about applying. There's still an English diagnostic test, I'm sure! Seriously, buy a dictionary and get your old school English books out. First impressions count.
    D*mn it Wzz, and I bit my tongue so hard to resist the Pprunery!!!
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    Too be honest, I'm sure the Pprunery has helped many a person who couldn't string a sentence together from looking (too) stupid at the AFCO!
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