I was arrested at 17. Can I still become an RAF Pilot? Watch

Cpt Jack
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Hi there,
For a few years now I've been interested in joining the RAF. I am 21 years old and I meet all the requirements to be eligible to apply to become an RAF Pilot.

My only worry is that at the age of 17 I was arrested on the way to a festival for possession of Cannabis, and due to being underage, was taken to a police station and processed.

I hadn't tried the drug before that (nor since), but thought a trip to a festival would be a good time, as a lot of young people do. I had no idea what I wanted to do as an occupation at that point either. Unfortunately I was searched by a sniffer dog on my way into a coach station and immediately owned up to having possession of it.

Whilst being processed in the police station, the police officers were comforting and told me that once I turned 18 my record would be wiped, and that I would never have to declare that the incident occurred.

However I would assume that the RAF background checks are thorough and that they would find out.

Therefore I am asking;
1) Am I still eligible to apply?
2) Should I admit if asked that I arrested at 17?
3) Would admitting it have an effect on my selection?
4) Should I say nothing and hope they never find out?

Thanks
Jack
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I got arrested when I was 14 or 15 I think, for something which was somewhat serious for my age anyway. I didn't get any criminal convictions though, just had to attend some classes and my record was wiped when I turned 18 (now 19). So to answer your question, so long as you didn't get any convictions because of it you don't have to admit to it and it's as if you never did it in the eyes of the law pretty much.
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Yeah but this is the RAF. Surely they are more strict about these kinds of things, especially considering how strict the requirements already are?
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Yeah but this is the RAF. Surely they are more strict about these kinds of things, especially considering how strict the requirements already are?
Why don't you take the proactive approach and phone them to ask then? Nobody on here is going to know if your individual circumstances are going to affect your chances of admission.
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Yeah but this is the RAF. Surely they are more strict about these kinds of things, especially considering how strict the requirements already are?
Nope, there isn't. I wanted to join the army till I was like 16? So I did the research and you'll be fine They can ask if you've been arrested but if you didn't get convicted there is no legal obligation for you to say.
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You could apply for the banter.
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Just come clean and tell the recruiter. It's unlikely it would be a bar to you entering but at least you'll get the official answer and not need to wonder any more!
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Everyone and their mum wants to be an RAF pilot. They reckon they need 16,000 people to walk into an AFCO for every one pilot they train to completion.

You need to ask yourself - namely so you can convince the recruiters - why they should employ you over someone with a perfect record, been in Air Cadets all their life, done an Aerospace degree etc.
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Wouldn't it be spent anyway? Pretty sure its only legal / dental / medical branches that require you to declare spent and unspent convictions?

Don't take this as gospel though, I'm no legal expert!
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