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Im 16 and I don't know which role in the RAF I should go for! I am very interested in the WSOp and ATC but I am still undecided! I know more about the WSOp only because I've done more research! Could I have help on deciding please?
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You have to make the decision or at least work out what things you are looking for in a career and what you are not looking for in a career. We don't know what is important to you in a possible career so we can't add anything useful and answer your question helpfully.

If you like those 2 roles, what about the dozens of other roles didn't appeal to you?
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(Original post by Rosslinnane26)
Hi,
Im 16 and I don't know which role in the RAF I should go for! I am very interested in the WSOp and ATC but I am still undecided! I know more about the WSOp only because I've done more research! Could I have help on deciding please?
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Hi, as with a lot of current and former service people on this forum, I'd be very happy to help you come to a decision about which path to take if you decide the military life is for you. However, as Stacks says, with such a minimalist query, it's frankly impossible to provide you with any meaningful information which would assist you in this task - in other words, throw us a bone here and maybe tell us a bit more about you, your interests, ambitions and where you want to be in 5 / 10 and maybe 20 years time. And what is your Plan B if the dream career doesn't work out (for any number of reasons). Life can be a real roller-coaster of fun if you just 'wing' it, or it could all go horribly wrong. Having a life plan may be boring, but it can also help you to clarify what's important to you and enable you to make wise choices.

At 16 you have the whole world at your feet, but as soon as you start making choices, then other doors start closing, so it's important to get them right in order that you don't have big regrets further down the track.

Why ATC and why WSOp? What are the aspects of those roles which attract you and what do you think are the downsides? Have you considered any other jobs in the Army / Navy or RAF?

I can help you with the WSOp side of things, but not a clue on the ATC role other than seeing them in the tower a few times and receiving some excellent talk downs. To answer your question, you need information about both roles so that you can compare and contrast.

Have a good think about it and come back with a bit more detail and focus. There's a whole pool of experience in TSR land, so tap into it and find out what you'd like to know.

Best wishes

Ikky
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Hi,
Im 16 and I don't know which role in the RAF I should go for! I am very interested in the WSOp and ATC but I am still undecided! I know more about the WSOp only because I've done more research! Could I have help on deciding please?
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Hi Rosslinnane26,

Its ArmyJobs here, Have you thought about any of the other Forces? I know that looking at careers when your 16 can be a little daunting but we are here to try and help! Do you have any interests or hobbies that you like doing, that could help you choose a career? Unfortunately I cannot comment on the RAF or Navy roles but if you fancy a look at Roles in the British Army, any questions you have, I'm more than happy to answer.

Check out our roles here: www.army.mod.uk/rolefinder.

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Thanks for getting back to me

The thing that interested me about the WSOp is the flying side of it! I always wanted to be a pilot but as I di not have a grade B in maths I do not think I would be able to get there!
As I saw it said wavers will be considered on a case by case basis I thought I would have more of a chance and as I looked in to it it started to appeal to me! I considered ATC because that way when I came out I know I could have a decent job after!

I love being outside, I play football a lot and go out with mates
I have considered jobs in the army but not in the navy.

I'm not sure what more to put but thanks for taking your time to reply!

Ross
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I see your motivation for WSOp - I was selected for pilot, but migrated to non-commissioned service as an Air Electronics Operator (AEOp) after a hiccup at Officer training and thereafter enjoyed a brilliant 30+ years. Non-commissioned aircrew are now known generically as Weapon System Operator (WSOp) regardless of role.

I was really happy and immensely proud to have been an AEOp, but it would have been really cool to have had a shot at pilot - the point is that you should always aim for the top and if you have to slip down the ladder, then so be it. You say that maths isn't a strong point, but at 16, you have a bit time on your hands to remedy that. It would be a shame to throw away the chance to go for pilot, if that was the only obstacle. If so, my advice would be to retake maths and work harder for that extra grade.

However, for a bit more research and discussion about the WSOp role, you should check out this thread from last October.

Enjoying the outdoors life, playing football etc demonstrates an element of robustness and teamwork, both excellent qualities the military are looking for in all their recruits. Keep at it, and look at trying to achieve a leadership role, such as team captaincy. All good ticks in the box for when you apply.

You hinted at making an RAF role choice based on future employment opportunities outside the military. This is good, but don't assume there is a direct correlation between the roles (WSOp and ATC) you talk about and jobs outside. I'm not an expert on careers in air traffic, but from what I've read elsewhere, you can't simply walk from RAF ATC to Civvy ATC - so you would be advised to research that aspect a bit more. As for post WSOp careers, the RAF careers site suggests 'Crewman on a civilian helicopter; air cargo specialist; air surveillance specialist'. I know that a lot of RAF SAR helo crewmen have transferred straight to the new civvy Bristows SAR contracts, but that is a very specific role. All my former Nimrod WSOp / AEOp mates are doing something completely different from their service careers - a lot of Oil&Gas related jobs including ROV operator, H&S and Survival instructor; others are teachers, consultants, run their own companies etc etc one is running a very successful tree surgery business. What they all share is a huge amount of ability and confidence to try something out of left field - they have developed skills from working closely as a team but also in making dynamic decisions individually.

That's the benefit of life in the military and specifically as a WSOp.

I'm sure you have a lot to think about, but don't make rash decisions just now as you still have a few years to develop your character and achieve the highest qualifications you can. Armed with those, you'll be able to widen your career choices.

Feel free to ask any other questions, either in thread or PMs.

Best wishes

Ikky
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