RPAS Pilot - Deployable/Entry difficulty? Watch
Is it difficult to get into this position? I don't know tons about the RAF right now, but I am planning to do a lot of research while I am doing my degree. I will likely apply with A levels of grades ABB in bio, maths and english, a 1st or 2:1 degree in bioscience and I have pretty good fitness and strength (I don't know if being more academically inclined/merited or having better fitness helps, or how competitive such a position is).
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To get in you have to be more than ok in everything.
As for deployability, yes, it has been a bit of a grey area for UAV pilots, but as the role has developed (remember, it's still pretty new) the deployment opportunities have increased. As an officer in the RAF you will be able to be sent anywhere.
As for academics and fitness, if you meet the requirements, you meet them. Join the UAS when you get to uni. Talk to your careers office and if you mention RPAS they may be interested as it's quite a new branch.