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Hi im female 15 and in the Air Cadets, i would really like a career as an officer in the RAF but i have heard that most officer jobs are male only, is this true? If so, what officer jobs are open to females and do you need a degree to become an officer or can you join straight after completing your a-levels?
I have tried finding out information from Raf-careers webpage but it says its temporarily unavailable. Anyone with any advice/ answers, could you please email me on...
[email protected] ail.com

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Strange, http://www.raf-careers.co.uk is working fine from here.

Would suggest you search the A-Z of jobs, there are LOADS, and each will have a profile.

I don't really think they can discriminate too much between male and female.

Maybe the opinion you hold is common amongst females, so discouraging them from applying, hense it turns out to be true.

Find out where you local RAF careers office is, and pop in, there'll be no one better to give you advise.

In terms of entry, Administrative Officer says 2 A Levels and 5 GCSEs including English Language and Maths, whilst Engineering Officer says GCSE in English Language, and a Scientific or Engineering Degree.

I guess it depends on which sort of officer you are looking to be.

Good Luck.
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The only jobs in the entire air force not available to women are RAF reg gunner and RAF reg officer. Every officer needs 5 a-cs at gcse including english language and maths as well as 2 a-levels in any subject. Only some branches need a degree ie training officer, PEdO, Engineering. Particularly with the pilot branch, you spend so long tarining that they like you as early as possible. They encourage this through the direct entry 'pilot scholarship' for people in their second year at sixth form to join when they are 18. Hope this helps. I will be happy to answer any questions you may have.
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Hi im female 15 and in the Air Cadets, i would really like a career as an officer in the RAF but i have heard that most officer jobs are male only, is this true? If so, what officer jobs are open to females and do you need a degree to become an officer or can you join straight after completing your a-levels?
I have tried finding out information from Raf-careers webpage but it says its temporarily unavailable. Anyone with any advice/ answers, could you please email me on...
[email protected] ail.com

thanks, sam x
If you do need a degree, it is likely that the RAF will sponser you. It is probably a good idea to contact them.
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i'm 15 an ive had my heart set on becoming an raf pilot all my life i was wondering have you got any advice on what steps i should take to become one when i leave school.
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I don't know whether you have the career pack from them, but if not request one from their website when you can get it working.

You can get sponsorship through your a-levels and through university if you choose to do a degree at Newcastle or one of their selected uni's. I wanted to be a pilot for a long time (wanted to go with BA but places are too limited) so if you have any questions just ask and I'll try and help.
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what will I have to do to get a scholarship.
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Thankyou for the advice. I was wondering if you new if you have to have 20-20 vision to become a pilot.
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Hi there.
I am attending my OASC in November and am going for a ground spec.
As far as the aptitude tests go, do aircrew and non-aircrew sit the same tests and if so, are the scores required for ground specs the same?

Any info on this would be most appreciated.
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You do not need 20-20 vision; besides, that's a US term, we refer to it as 6/6. Your eyesight is important and must be around 5/6.

You do not need a degree. However, they do not encourage people in early. The majority of fast jet pilots (the top stream) have degrees, and ex-students tend to fare better in flying training.

There is no discrimination. You cannot join the RAF Regiment for obvious reasons.

To be honest, if you don't know the medical requirements etc. then it's unlikely you know enough about the job to know whether or not you want to do it!

Email with questions; have been in the air force for several years.

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Army and Air Force don't have the fun, it's the Navy that get to do all the travelling and such.
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Unless you've served in both the RAF and the Navy I suggest you take that back

I have a lot of colleagues in the Navy and they've never been anywhere I haven't been. The main difference is they spend months getting there in a cramped ship, I spend hours getting there in a jet and then get to wear a flying suit when I'm out there.

Oh, and earning flying pay while I'm at it.

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Hi there.
I am attending my OASC in November and am going for a ground spec.
As far as the aptitude tests go, do aircrew and non-aircrew sit the same tests and if so, are the scores required for ground specs the same?

Any info on this would be most appreciated.
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Hi, I am also attending the OASC in november! When in november? You can contact me at [email protected]
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Hello! My friend is at Bristol Uni being sponsored by the RAF to do a medicine degree, she's then going into the force. She also got into that through the air cadets. Apparently there's another girl on her corridor doing the same thing, so there's probably quite a few girls going every year. She did have to do quite a lot of tests and things to get sponsored by them, and got AAA in her A levels, so it's very competitive.

Good luck!
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Hi im female 15 and in the Air Cadets, i would really like a career as an officer in the RAF but i have heard that most officer jobs are male only, is this true?
Completely untrue. There is absloute equal equality for all Branches/Jobs (except for RAF Regt because they are front-line combat soldiers).

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If so, what officer jobs are open to females and do you need a degree to become an officer or can you join straight after completing your a-levels?
All jobs except RAF Regt. You only need a degree for Engineer, PEDo, Training Officer and other specialist Branches like Doctor, Dentist etc.

Min qualifications for the majority of Branches are 5x GCSEs (C+) incl Maths and English and 2 A-Levels (E+). You can join at 18 with these minimum qualifications, but many candidates of this age do not have sufficient confidence, leadership or 'life experience'. However, I do recommend giving it a shot...even if you aren't successful it will help you when you apply again a few years later. Basically, a win-win situation!

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I have tried finding out information from Raf-careers webpage but it says its temporarily unavailable.
The web site has been updated recently. It worked when I visited yesterday.
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You Can Be Any Sex To Be An Officer In The Raf For Most Trades And You Omly Need A Levels For Some Of Them
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You do not need 20-20 vision; besides, that's a US term, we refer to it as 6/6. Your eyesight is important and must be around 5/6.

You do not need a degree. However, they do not encourage people in early. The majority of fast jet pilots (the top stream) have degrees, and ex-students tend to fare better in flying training.
are there any specific subjects to get a degree in?
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are there any specific subjects to get a degree in?
Nope.
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I was under the impression you did need top vision (20/20 or 6/6 or watever) :confused:

If i go uni, (not sure bout it) as i want to be a pilot i would like to idealy do aeronautical engineering + pilot studies, but id have to take a vocational A level next year to do that..... actually ive posted this problem on the RAF Ofiicer entry thread...
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as i want to be a pilot i would like to idealy do aeronautical engineering + pilot studies
Why? Do you think a few years studying civil aviation will help at all with a career in military aviation? You'll still have to learn everything the military way, and won't get any free "byes" through any groundschool.

I did maths and physics. My mate did biology. Another mate did ancient history, and another mechanical engineering. I can confidently say that "pilot studies" will be very little use to a potential military aviator.
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