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    Hi all, I've just started at Northumbria University in Newcastle doing Engineering with Foundation Year, which is a foundation year leading into a 3 year course in engineering (you can choose which type at the end of the year).

    My life time ambition has been to join the RAF, after a failed application for Weapons Technician (due to fitness issues) I decided to gain a degree in Mechanical Engineering and hopefully join as an Engineering Officer. While at university I would like to join the Northumbria UAS and I went to ask some questions at the Freshers Fair, I was all for joining but recently found out because I am on a foundation year I cannot be accepted but I will however be eligible to join next year.

    Also at the same time I have expressed an interest in joining the Air Training Corps as a CI, I was a cadet for 2 years and was a staff cadet Sergeant by the time I left, my OC is all for setting up an interview with my local squadron's OC but has warned me that if I am successful I will be taken on for 5 years, which means basically I either choose:

    - Waiting a year then joining the NUAS

    - Joining the ATC as a CI and hopefully progress to become an officer in the RAFVR(T)

    I would like to know which would be the preferred option from the RAF's point of view, which they would look more favourably on?

    Any advice would be greatly appreciated

    Many thanks,
    Liam Hunt
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