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I want to join the RAF as a pilot where I would get paid £25K while training and then £30K while working.

I am a single young guy, i do not live a very flashy or expensive lifestyle, if anything im too cautious with money.

I just wanted to know if around £30K a year was a good salary.

P.S. After 12 year service or longer I would like to consider a commercial airline job if possible. Is this feasible.
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I want to join the RAF as a pilot where I would get paid £25K while training and then £30K while working.

I am a single young guy, i do not live a very flashy or expensive lifestyle, if anything im too cautious with money.

I just wanted to know if around £30K a year was a good salary.

P.S. After 12 year service or longer I would like to consider a commercial airline job if possible. Is this feasible.
Of course. Any salary above the average is a good salary.
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I want to join the RAF as a pilot where I would get paid £25K while training and then £30K while working.

I am a single young guy, i do not live a very flashy or expensive lifestyle, if anything im too cautious with money.

I just wanted to know if around £30K a year was a good salary.

P.S. After 12 year service or longer I would like to consider a commercial airline job if possible. Is this feasible.
I'm pretty sure an RAF Pilot gets significantly more than £30k after 12 years service.
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Or you could fly commercially, get paid double or even triple that amount without dropping bombs on people. Just a thought :rolleyes:
I read learning to fly costs like £90K and i do like the other benefits and qualifications the RAF offers. I was thinking that doing the RAF would be good and stable while i am young but when i am older my saved money ande experince could benefit me in the commercial side of piloting.
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I read learning to fly costs like £90K and i do like the other benefits and qualifications the RAF offers. I was thinking that doing the RAF would be good and stable while i am young but when i am older my saved money ande experince could benefit me in the commercial side of piloting.
You can get a scholarship?
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You can get a scholarship?
I thought scholarships were for really determined people. Being a pilot to me is a recent thing and i am not the most passionate person in the world but it is the only real job i have ever pictured myself actually enjoying and wanting to do.
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You can get a scholarship?
No UK airline offers full sponsorships any more, but you may get an airline-backed loan.

e.g. http://www.ctcaviation.com/courses/virgin/

However they are very competitive. (Although so is becoming an RAF Pilot.)
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Of course. Any salary above the average is a good salary.
What is average though? and what an average salary being to get me a great house and car within 5 to 10 years
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I'm pretty sure an RAF Pilot gets significantly more than £30k after 12 years service.
I am talking about during the 12 years of service or more.
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I thought scholarships were for really determined people. Being a pilot to me is a recent thing and i am not the most passionate person in the world but it is the only real job i have ever pictured myself actually enjoying and wanting to do.
You would need to be extremely committed for either route - via the civil or military paths. And the RAF is by no means a good idea unless you are very committed and understand exactly what you are signing up for.
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I thought scholarships were for really determined people. Being a pilot to me is a recent thing and i am not the most passionate person in the world but it is the only real job i have ever pictured myself actually enjoying and wanting to do.
Well if you do become a pilot in the RAF, perhaps you'd enjoy being part of the air rescue team like Prince William was? I forget the official name of it. At least you could sleep peacefully at night knowing your bombs didn't accidentally kill an innocent person but instead you are saving peoples lives.

Then after your service you could join the police or civilian air rescue service.
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I am talking about during the 12 years of service or more.
You can see RAF Pilot pay scales for yourself. £30k is just the initial pay after training. It goes up in increments after that.
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No UK airline offers full sponsorships any more, but you may get an airline-backed loan.

e.g. http://www.ctcaviation.com/courses/virgin/

However they are very competitive. (Although so is becoming an RAF Pilot.)
I have researched quite a lot and i do not think that RAF pilot is competive but more that only people with the appropriate skills after training are accepted, obviously, They do not just let anybody in but i read the training seeks to push candidates through rather than weed them out.
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You would need to be extremely committed for either route - via the civil or military paths. And the RAF is by no means a good idea unless you are very committed and understand exactly what you are signing up for.
I know that is why i am in turmoil trying to find out everything i can.
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What is average though? and what an average salary being to get me a great house and car within 5 to 10 years
Depends where you live. U.K. average pay is 26k.
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I know that is why i am in turmoil trying to find out everything i can.
Ask the experts in this forum

https://www.thestudentroom.co.uk/forumdisplay.php?f=96
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You would need to be extremely committed for either route - via the civil or military paths. And the RAF is by no means a good idea unless you are very committed and understand exactly what you are signing up for.
I would most prefer to become a civilian commercial airline pilot. The RAF training and experience appealled to me because they pay me to learn and train. SInce pilot lessons or whatever cost like £100K the RAF seemed better. But a viable understanding of commercial airline pilot traing via scholarship or apprenticeship ETC will be appreciated.
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Or you could fly commercially, get paid double or even triple that amount without dropping bombs on people. Just a thought :rolleyes:
Somebody needs to do it. Can't have terrorists running around unabated.
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Well if you do become a pilot in the RAF, perhaps you'd enjoy being part of the air rescue team like Prince William was? I forget the official name of it. At least you could sleep peacefully at night knowing your bombs didn't accidentally kill an innocent person but instead you are saving peoples lives.

Then after your service you could join the police or civilian air rescue service.
stop trying to push your views on to other people :naughty: we get it, youre against military careers, thats not what this thread is about.
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I would most prefer to become a civilian commercial airline pilot. The RAF training and experience appealled to me because they pay me to learn and train. SInce pilot lessons or whatever cost like £100K the RAF seemed better. But a viable understanding of commercial airline pilot traing via scholarship or apprenticeship ETC will be appreciated.
Tagging Drewski for some insights

Also, TSR has this article:
https://www.thestudentroom.co.uk/con...become-a-pilot
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