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    (Original post by mark1010)
    Imagine being committed to job where you could find yourself for example at 600kts, 250 ft off the ground. It must be hell for those poor *******s.
    That statement has no logic in it, unless you're being ironic.
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    (Original post by DazYaABBB)
    That statement has no logic in it, unless you're being ironic.
    Coming from someone who wants to join the RAF as a pilot and will sign away even more than 12 years of his life, what do you think?
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    (Original post by Nikki J S)
    will probably earn for more in their careers than you will with your 'Internet Science' degree from the University of Essex(lol)
    I have no problem with you two arguing but don't insult courses or universities that other people might be using when they have done nothing to upset you.
    It doesn't insult me but tread carefully.

    PS.

    The title of the degree is 'Information Management Systems' which is classed as an internet science degree.
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    In the modern day RAF (you seem to be in the past) you may get a tour in Cyprus. God that would be an awful posting, even though i am sure you can take your family on tours like that.

    As for moving bases. Again if you look into the present RAF, you will see that a lot of jobs are actually relocating to a central location. The jaguars for example, are based at RAF Coltishall. It doesn't matter what squadron you get posted to, you still actually are based at RAF Coltishall, which leads on to a family. How does living in one place cause problems?

    Oh are you not committing you life to some computer job or whatever with your degree?
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    Does the training of RAF medics follow a GP-style pattern?
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    (Original post by shiny)
    Does the training of RAF medics follow a GP-style pattern?
    It can follow the same primary and secondary care career structures as civilian doctors, or you can go into specialisations such as aeromedical evacuation or aviation medicine.

    Have a look on www.rafcareers.com there's a lot of useful info on it
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    (Original post by Nikki J S)
    It can follow the same primary and secondary care career structures as civilian doctors, or you can go into specialisations such as aeromedical evacuation or aviation medicine. Have a look on www.rafcareers.com there's a lot of useful info on it
    What are the prospects like for reintegration back into the civilian medical service?
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    20-30,000

    I'm on a gap year and earning £18,000.

    (Original post by Airport Fairy)
    I'm on a gap year and earning £18,000.
    lol wtf

    how many hours are you working and where are you working/
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    (Original post by DazYaABBB)
    There is a LOT more discipline in the RAF than there is in any other job, and anyhow, i'll be running/managing people
    You should see the life of a bunch of student pilots. There was never much discipline on any of my courses... it was fun getting our fourth *******ing of the month because someone else had slept through met brief, or someone else had got hammered in town and couldn't fly, or someone broke a jet trying to be punchy to show off to a mate on the ground.... ahhh
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    (Original post by mark1010)
    I've experienced some work experience with a fast jet test squadron. Rather than having a disciplined atmosphere, people were left to get on with their tasks. They were trusted to do them.
    Yup. The RAF's one of the less discipline-heavy services because the people who do the front line work are all officers; not the case in the other two.

    We're all grown ups, we're all on first name terms (except with the Boss!) and we all do our bit. It's nice when you pass a task on to a mate, you know he'll do it, and do it well; be it in the air or on the ground.

    (Original post by Vladek)
    Whats wrong with being tied into the RAF for 12 years? surely if thats what you want to do you'd be over the moon with it? I'd be happy if i was working for the people i work for in 12 years time.
    Job security. Pays well, lets me do things most people will never get the chance to do, and assuming I don't crash into a hill tomorrow, I'll still be doing it in, oooh, I think I have a few left

    One of the only jobs that lets you go supersonic. It's a nice tick in the box to have.
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    (Original post by DazYaABBB)
    'Information Management Systems'
    Strange "Information Management" usually refers to librarianship - I'd have thought a degree in IMS would be based on database development
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    (Original post by DazYaABBB)
    No, but it means that you HAVE to serve for a period of time.
    No you don't, actually. You sign up for 12 years as aircrew on a short service commission, but at any time you can apply for a "premature voluntary release."

    There used to be a 6-18 month "cooling off" period, but now there's none. You PVR, paperwork goes through, you take terminal leave, resettlement leave, and when your leave finishes, you're out.
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    (Original post by mark1010)
    As for moving bases. Again if you look into the present RAF, you will see that a lot of jobs are actually relocating to a central location. The jaguars for example, are based at RAF Coltishall. It doesn't matter what squadron you get posted to, you still actually are based at RAF Coltishall, which leads on to a family. How does living in one place cause problems?
    All Jags are at Colt, but in a few years they'll be shutting Colt and one remaining squadron will move to Coningsby.

    All Harriers are at Cottesmore and Wittering, which are 10 miles apart.

    GR4s are at Lossiemouth or Marham, and people tend to stay at one and move squadrons, unless an opening appears for someone with a very very specific qualification.

    F3s live at Leuchars and Leeming; see above.

    Typhoon's going to live at Coningsby initially, then Coningsby and Leuchars. I imagine it'll be the same. Live at Coningsby in Lincolnshire, then have kids and want them to get some sea air? Posted to Leuchars. etc etc.

    Postings are run by a bloke who looks after each branch; you KNOW your poster. You can call him up and say "mate, you know I want to stay here, is that ok?" and he'll always do his best.

    Very few people get things they don't like. None of the good blokes get anything bad.
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    I live about 4 miles from Colitshall and I hear about 1 jag a day, must be tough times or sommit?
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    (Original post by Wzz)
    All Jags are at Colt, but in a few years they'll be shutting Colt and one remaining squadron will move to Coningsby.

    All Harriers are at Cottesmore and Wittering, which are 10 miles apart.

    GR4s are at Lossiemouth or Marham, and people tend to stay at one and move squadrons, unless an opening appears for someone with a very very specific qualification.

    F3s live at Leuchars and Leeming; see above.

    Typhoon's going to live at Coningsby initially, then Coningsby and Leuchars. I imagine it'll be the same. Live at Coningsby in Lincolnshire, then have kids and want them to get some sea air? Posted to Leuchars. etc etc.

    Postings are run by a bloke who looks after each branch; you KNOW your poster. You can call him up and say "mate, you know I want to stay here, is that ok?" and he'll always do his best.

    Very few people get things they don't like. None of the good blokes get anything bad.
    Wzz,

    Do you know if this level of stability applies to ground based branches too i.e Admin/Engineering/Training Officers etc, or are these jobs more likely to get get posted to the far flung regions of the globe?

    J
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    Well, you still know your poster so have a friendly voice you can ring up and chat to about where you're going. However, aircrew have the advantage that to an extent they're tied to one fleet.

    Obviously a Harrier mate can find himself sent to Valley to teach on the Hawk, or when gunning for promotion might ask for a ground tour based at Whitehall; but if he stays flying Harriers, there're only three squadrons at Coltishall with RAF number plates for him to move between, and the OCU at Wittering.

    I imagine the ground branches are a little less secure, but only in that they have the full RAF available to them. I imagine, however, that if you're specialising in a certain area of engineering you might be able to narrow your posting scope.

    At the end of the day it's a man in your branch who posts you, and he won't want to screw you.
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    (Original post by Wzz)
    Well, you still know your poster so have a friendly voice you can ring up and chat to about where you're going. However, aircrew have the advantage that to an extent they're tied to one fleet.

    Obviously a Harrier mate can find himself sent to Valley to teach on the Hawk, or when gunning for promotion might ask for a ground tour based at Whitehall; but if he stays flying Harriers, there're only three squadrons at Coltishall with RAF number plates for him to move between, and the OCU at Wittering.

    I imagine the ground branches are a little less secure, but only in that they have the full RAF available to them. I imagine, however, that if you're specialising in a certain area of engineering you might be able to narrow your posting scope.

    At the end of the day it's a man in your branch who posts you, and he won't want to screw you.
    Thanks.

    I suppose I should look at it more as the opportunity for diversity as opposed to potential for constant upheaval.

    J
 
 
 
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