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    At the age of 16 and in year 12 i have decided to pursue a career in the RAF. Although, i feel quite disheartened as at a younger age i did not possess this interest and did not join the cadets, and it is nearly too late to at this age. Would it increase my chances of being accepted into the RAF for training? Is there anything i can do now to help me in the future achieve my goal?


    My brother is in the Navy not the RAF, so not totally the same thing but I think this may count for something. My brother did army cadets for a bit, ended up quitting because it wasn't that challenging for him, if I remember rightly. He then went and did work experience at our local RAF base, and ****ed it up by mentioning he'd prefer to work in the army haha :')

    At 19 he applied for the Navy, got in, and has been working in the Navy for the past 3 years (he's now 22) and loves it. I don't think they'll judge you if you haven't done air cadets. So long as you demonstrate the right traits and skills they are looking for, and do well in the interview, I'm pretty sure they'll give you a shot. You could still try getting work experience at an RAF base? Or, there's normally army career centres where you can go in and have a chat with one of the representatives in their about what you're interested in, they will be able to advise you. Doing sports and keeping fit will help as well, because you're required to be in good health to pass the physical exams, training etc.

    Hope this helps, good luck!

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