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    Yesterday at school there was a careers event in the hall, which years 9-13 went to for 35 minutes (half a lesson).
    At the careers fair, the RAF were there and I spoke to them about Air Traffic Control, and they said that I could sign up and join when I'm getting close to the end of Y13 (I'm in Y12 now)
    Then I talked to two colleges in the area, and both do this type of course that is sort of a taste for the armed forces, so I considered that.
    The thing is, the entry requirements for an SNCO ATC in the RAF are to be the age of 17.5, and have 5 GCSEs at a minimum of grade C, including English Lang and Maths and possibly science as well. I have those grades, and I turn 17.5 next month. I really hate school, so I could drop out and apply, but my mum and dad aren't allowing me to drop out.
    Another option is NATS, which is an ATC company that own the towers of about 20 towers in the UK, including Gibraltar. The entry requirements for this is 5 GCSEs, the same as the RAF, but the age of 18, so I will have to wait about 6.5 months before I can apply.
    GATS is similar, but dosen't own any towers apart from it's base, in Gloucestershire.
    I don't really want to stay on for further education at Newcastle or Gateshead college, but was told to look at the colleges to find out about the course that they offer.

    Please help
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