Naym Rahman
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Hi, I’m 16 and in sixth form and am looking to be a commercial pilot in the future.

The reason this chat is named RAF is because my family don’t have enough money to pay for my flight lesson so I don’t want to have to put that burden on them but I then found out that by joining the airforce as a pilot you can get paid and learn how to fly at the same time saving you a lot of money and time for the same end goal.

(If anyone has any information about the RAF please comment. )

Anyway I am planning to join the RAF as a reserve whilst I go to university or maybe full time and just skipped university as it’s pretty pointless in my career pathway. My question is how do I tell me ‘traditional’ parents I want to join the Royal Air Force as a pilot without them thinking I’m going to war and shooting missiles and also without crushing their dreams of me becoming either a lawyer dentist or doctor
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(Original post by Naym Rahman)
Hi, I’m 16 and in sixth form and am looking to be a commercial pilot in the future.

The reason this chat is named RAF is because my family don’t have enough money to pay for my flight lesson so I don’t want to have to put that burden on them but I then found out that by joining the airforce as a pilot you can get paid and learn how to fly at the same time saving you a lot of money and time for the same end goal.

(If anyone has any information about the RAF please comment. )

Anyway I am planning to join the RAF as a reserve whilst I go to university or maybe full time and just skipped university as it’s pretty pointless in my career pathway. My question is how do I tell me ‘traditional’ parents I want to join the Royal Air Force as a pilot without them thinking I’m going to war and shooting missiles and also without crushing their dreams of me becoming either a lawyer dentist or doctor
i'm afraid this isn't really a practical plan. To join the RAF is highly competitive, probably more so than civil aviation, and you almost certainly will be going to war and quite possibly shooting missiles along the way. You need to do 12 years before you can leave, and you don't get your civilian licences automatically anyway. If you want to be a civil pilot, then try the various flying scholarship schemes and then look at civil flying academies etc.
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