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    Hi all, I am aware there are plenty of forums on the OASC already, however I haven't found the answers I am looking for!

    I have my OASC coming up, and have been working like mad for it. However, the RAF website is out of date and I can't seem to find any bulletproof information on the RAF current operations. Can anyone help?

    I am applying for Aerospace Battle Manager and would much appreciate any help at all. Does anyone know how much information is needed about specific aircraft for the interview? I know which aircraft is at which base but do I need to know specifics?

    Thanks
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    Current RAF Ops -
    Falklands Islands .
    Op Shader - Syria/Iraq.
    Op Kipon - Presence of UK assets in the Gulf states (Oman, Bahrain, Qatar etc) .
    There was an RAF detachment in Nigeria at one point searching for the missing school girls but that may now have ended.
    Baltic air policing from Estonia.

    You should aim for a good knowledge of what aircraft are based where & what their roles are. I'd definitely suggest you learn exactly what bases ABMs are primarily at. Off the top of my head, it's usually Boulmer & Scampton.
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    Hello Maisy.

    Have you been on RJP?
    When is your OASC?
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    (Original post by ABM Hopeful)
    Hello Maisy.

    Have you been on RJP?
    When is your OASC?
    Hey, I haven't as I work full time and would not be able to get the time off! I wish! My OASC is the beginning of October
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    (Original post by Tempest II)
    Current RAF Ops -
    Falklands Islands .
    Op Shader - Syria/Iraq.
    Op Kipon - Presence of UK assets in the Gulf states (Oman, Bahrain, Qatar etc) .
    There was an RAF detachment in Nigeria at one point searching for the missing school girls but that may now have ended.
    Baltic air policing from Estonia.

    You should aim for a good knowledge of what aircraft are based where & what their roles are. I'd definitely suggest you learn exactly what bases ABMs are primarily at. Off the top of my head, it's usually Boulmer & Scampton.
    Hey! Really appreciate the reply, you've been a lot of help. From what I have found Op Kipion has finished? With the Puma and Merlin Helicopters being taken out of the airport in 2009!
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    I was on Kipion in 2014 so I can say for definite didn't end in 2009 . The base I was stationed at isn't really used by the RAF any more but there's still 906 EAW at Minhad & 902 EAW at Mussanah which are both very much still in use.
    Not everything on the Wikipedia page is totally up to date but those two deployments are.

    https://en.wikipedia.org/wiki/Expedi...#Deployed_EAWs

    There's also an RAF presence in the Combined Air Operations Centre (CAOC) at Al Udeid Qatar.

    https://en.wikipedia.org/wiki/RAF_Al_Udeid
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    (Original post by MaisyRAF)
    Hey, I haven't as I work full time and would not be able to get the time off! I wish! My OASC is the beginning of October
    That's a real shame as it was really helpful.

    We were told the names of the following Ops, some are current but most have finished:

    Telic - Iraq
    Herrick - Afghanistan
    Ellamy - Libya
    Luminous - Syrian Aid
    Ocean Shield - Somalia anti piracy
    Shader - ISIS
    Azotize - Baltic Air Policing


    And I added Toral, which they weren't familiar with but a few of us were. It is the Pumas assisting with Op Resolute Support in Kabul.
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    (Original post by ABM Hopeful)
    That's a real shame as it was really helpful.

    We were told the names of the following Ops, some are current but most have finished:

    Telic - Iraq
    Herrick - Afghanistan
    Ellamy - Libya
    Luminous - Syrian Aid
    Ocean Shield - Somalia anti piracy
    Shader - ISIS
    Azotize - Baltic Air Policing


    And I added Toral, which they weren't familiar with but a few of us were. It is the Pumas assisting with Op Resolute Support in Kabul.
    Thank you so much for this. Why is none of this information on the RAF website? It makes it really difficult to find out anything accurate!
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    (Original post by ABM Hopeful)
    That's a real shame as it was really helpful.

    We were told the names of the following Ops, some are current but most have finished:

    Telic - Iraq
    Herrick - Afghanistan
    Ellamy - Libya
    Luminous - Syrian Aid
    Ocean Shield - Somalia anti piracy
    Shader - ISIS
    Azotize - Baltic Air Policing


    And I added Toral, which they weren't familiar with but a few of us were. It is the Pumas assisting with Op Resolute Support in Kabul.
    Also, another things I have been a little confused about. Are there 2 or 3 specializations for an ABM? On the RAF website under the training for ABM is says you specialize as either surveillance or weapons. However, it says on other site that there is also a space specialization. Do you have any insight?
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    It is a shame you haven't got a little longer because the RAF NEWS newspaper has lots of information on current operations, I believe that most of them have been covered previously in this post.
    In terms of how much information to know on aircraft, I have learnt the squadrons that fly each aircraft and which base they are at too... I have a document on them if needed! II guess you could go further into what armament each aircraft carries to show good preparation and in depth knowledge.
    Unfortunately I am going for an aircrew role, but not ABM, so I am unsure how many specialised branches there are. If in doubt say... 'According to the RAF website'

    All the best in your application though Maisy!
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    (Original post by JFitch18)
    It is a shame you haven't got a little longer because the RAF NEWS newspaper has lots of information on current operations, I believe that most of them have been covered previously in this post.
    In terms of how much information to know on aircraft, I have learnt the squadrons that fly each aircraft and which base they are at too... I have a document on them if needed! II guess you could go further into what armament each aircraft carries to show good preparation and in depth knowledge.
    Unfortunately I am going for an aircrew role, but not ABM, so I am unsure how many specialised branches there are. If in doubt say... 'According to the RAF website'

    All the best in your application though Maisy!
    Thanks for the reply!

    Okay I'll make sure I know as much as I can on the aircraft in that case! Which document do you have? Or is it just one you've made yourself? I appreciate you will probably need to know more information on aircraft specifically if you are going for an aircrew role!

    All the best to you too!
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    Bare in mind that the more you appear to know, the more they'll ask.

    The questions are designed to test your knowledge / how well you've researched, yes, but they're also there to see how you react under pressure. No matter what the topic, they will keep going until they get you to an area that you don't have the answer for. They're looking for how you react under that pressure and what you do next.

    You don't need encyclopaedic knowledge of the RAF.
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    (Original post by MaisyRAF)
    Thanks for the reply!

    Okay I'll make sure I know as much as I can on the aircraft in that case! Which document do you have? Or is it just one you've made yourself? I appreciate you will probably need to know more information on aircraft specifically if you are going for an aircrew role!

    All the best to you too!
    It is just one that I created myself it is one of those, that there is no limit on how much you can research... I suppose it would be better to have a good knowledge of everything rather than excellent on a few bits and less in others!
    But thank you very much PM me if needed!
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    (Original post by Drewski)
    Bare in mind that the more you appear to know, the more they'll ask.

    The questions are designed to test your knowledge / how well you've researched, yes, but they're also there to see how you react under pressure. No matter what the topic, they will keep going until they get you to an area that you don't have the answer for. They're looking for how you react under that pressure and what you do next.

    You don't need encyclopaedic knowledge of the RAF.
    Good point Drewski!
    I suppose that is very true... As I put in my reply I'm guessing it would be better to be consistently good over all questions rather than just be excellent in some areas and less in everything else.
    Have you been through the RAF application?
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    (Original post by JFitch18)
    Good point Drewski!
    I suppose that is very true... As I put in my reply I'm guessing it would be better to be consistently good over all questions rather than just be excellent in some areas and less in everything else.
    Have you been through the RAF application?
    Tbh, what they expect you to know isn't that hard, there's no reason why you can't know a great deal. There's the additional point of why wouldn't you want to know all you could about what you're trying to do for a career? It's in your interest to know the things they're asking you to look up, not just from the point of view of 'getting the job'.

    Yes I have. Successfully, I might add.
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    (Original post by Drewski)
    Tbh, what they expect you to know isn't that hard, there's no reason why you can't know a great deal. There's the additional point of why wouldn't you want to know all you could about what you're trying to do for a career? It's in your interest to know the things they're asking you to look up, not just from the point of view of 'getting the job'.

    Yes I have. Successfully, I might add.
    This is my problem though, I am desperate to find out more but the website is incredibly unreliable. Although this isn't the only source of information, it is definitely the first port of call for aspiring recruits!

    I was just after any additional information on operations and how much I would ideally need to know about aircraft. As an aspiring ABM I am obviously keen to know about the equipment I would be working with and where it currently is!

    Even the specifics about the job itself aren't entirely accurate - does anyone have any insight into specialisations in the ABM branch?
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    (Original post by Drewski)
    Bare in mind that the more you appear to know, the more they'll ask.

    The questions are designed to test your knowledge / how well you've researched, yes, but they're also there to see how you react under pressure. No matter what the topic, they will keep going until they get you to an area that you don't have the answer for. They're looking for how you react under that pressure and what you do next.

    You don't need encyclopaedic knowledge of the RAF.
    Thanks for this tip!
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    (Original post by MaisyRAF)
    This is my problem though, I am desperate to find out more but the website is incredibly unreliable. Although this isn't the only source of information, it is definitely the first port of call for aspiring recruits!

    I was just after any additional information on operations and how much I would ideally need to know about aircraft. As an aspiring ABM I am obviously keen to know about the equipment I would be working with and where it currently is!

    Even the specifics about the job itself aren't entirely accurate - does anyone have any insight into specialisations in the ABM branch?
    Have you searched here? There's an old thread dedicated to ABM, information won't have changed that much.

    Outside of branch specific information, open source information is available everywhere and not hard find.
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    (Original post by Drewski)
    Have you searched here? There's an old thread dedicated to ABM, information won't have changed that much.

    Outside of branch specific information, open source information is available everywhere and not hard find.
    I found a thread called 'Ask an ABM', however reading through it there wasn't a huge amount of information. It was a lot about aptitude testing and such. If there was another thread that I haven't found could you point me in the right direction? I haven't found an up to date one.
    Hence, starting this one
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    (Original post by MaisyRAF)
    I found a thread called 'Ask an ABM', however reading through it there wasn't a huge amount of information. It was a lot about aptitude testing and such. If there was another thread that I haven't found could you point me in the right direction? I haven't found an up to date one.
    Hence, starting this one
    Due to the nature of the branch you probably won't find out a lot more than that. What's available open source already is. Doing a station visit is your best bet to get more.

    And if that's your intention for this thread, you might want to change the title to reflect that, at the moment it's quite general.
 
 
 
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