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Hi,
I am 19 years old soon to be 20 and I have just finished my A-levels and I’m currently in a position of uncertainty. I have been looking into joining the raf for the past 1-2 years, with the interest of becoming an officer, specifically a pilot, however if I didn’t reach the desired requirements I would be more than open minded to applying for other roles. The passion stands more on the side of becoming an officer, undoubtably I would be extatic if I did pass through the selection process which from research I understand is incredibly difficult. I just don’t know if I would even stand a chance applying to become a pilot, I have 4As, 6Bs at GCSE and a BTEC in IT. I also have 2 C’s at Alevel in biology and psychology. I understand these are the minimum requirements needed to apply but that’s my problem, they are MINIMUM. Without a degree or outstanding Alevel results is there any real point applying? I 100% without a doubt in my mind want to apply for an officer role within the raf I just don’t want it to come as an insult to such a prestecious profession by me assuming I have what it takes to apply. Any help here would be greatly appreciated, thanks.

Also just so people are aware I have spent hours upon hours researching into the raf as a whole including a lot of research about officers specifically pilots so I feel confident in what it is I would but applying for but I’m not sure I’m 100% confident in myself.
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Hi, as I'm sure you're acutely aware, especially if you've been reading the threads on this board, the majority of roles within the RAF are highly competitive. This means you have to be at the top of your game for any role you apply for, particularly any aircrew roles.

However, you have the required minimum qualifications so can apply and, in theory, have as much chance as anyone else. But the advice would be to go the extra mile and get the degree which will increase your chances. Not only that, but it will make you a more rounded individual, providing you some breathing space in which to mature and demonstrate the qualities required of a junior officer. And, of course, you will have the added security of a degree if the RAF training doesn't work out or when you eventually decide to leave and find other employment outside the wire.

Do not worry about your confidence level just now, the vast majority of people your age will be equally unsure of themselves. I certainly was, but just persevered with the challenging times, listened, learned and eventually grew bit by bit. That's life, and that's what the majority of your peers will be going through. the RAF will be looking for your potential as an officer, rather than expecting the finished article at OASC, that's what IOT is for.

It is incredibly wise to consider other roles other than pilot. In the military, you are a 'warfighter' first, specialist second, and OASC will be very interested in your potential as an officer - if you can offer them other role options other than pilot, that will be a positive. However, to succeed as a potential pilot and get to the front line, you will need to have extraordinary amounts of capacity and resilience.

Think about it carefully and good luck with whatever you choose to do.

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Hi,
I am 19 years old soon to be 20 and I have just finished my A-levels and I’m currently in a position of uncertainty. I have been looking into joining the raf for the past 1-2 years, with the interest of becoming an officer, specifically a pilot, however if I didn’t reach the desired requirements I would be more than open minded to applying for other roles. The passion stands more on the side of becoming an officer, undoubtably I would be extatic if I did pass through the selection process which from research I understand is incredibly difficult. I just don’t know if I would even stand a chance applying to become a pilot, I have 4As, 6Bs at GCSE and a BTEC in IT. I also have 2 C’s at Alevel in biology and psychology. I understand these are the minimum requirements needed to apply but that’s my problem, they are MINIMUM. Without a degree or outstanding Alevel results is there any real point applying? I 100% without a doubt in my mind want to apply for an officer role within the raf I just don’t want it to come as an insult to such a prestecious profession by me assuming I have what it takes to apply. Any help here would be greatly appreciated, thanks.

Also just so people are aware I have spent hours upon hours researching into the raf as a whole including a lot of research about officers specifically pilots so I feel confident in what it is I would but applying for but I’m not sure I’m 100% confident in myself.
Hi

Have you looked at the entry requirement listed on the role page on the RAF Recruitment website? You do not need a degree to be able to apply for the pilot role in the RAF, GCSEs and A levels are what is required.

As long as you meet all of the entry requirement AND all of the eligibility criteria for the role you wish to apply for you will be able to submit an application. It's how you do at Officer and Aircrew Selection (OASC) that will determine whether you get to be a pilot in the RAF.

At this point you will need to show maturity (you're applying to be an Officer, to lead others), leadership experience and teamwork experience will be of benefit.

Also, the Aptitude Tests are the first part of the process for the Pilot role, which is also the biggest hurdle people fail on. It's in place for a reason, to make sure you have the aptitude for the role. If you don't score for the role applied for you will be advised of your options and other roles that you have scored for etc.

Before you apply, make sure you're ready to. make sure you're fitness is up to standard (another area people fail in the application process). Make sure you've looked into a revised about the role you're applying for and the role of the RAF, you'll get asked!

If you have any further questions feel free to ask.

Kind regards
Adam
RAF Recruitment
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