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My question is whether I should join right after finishing A levels, go to uni or my third choice was to wait a year until I’m 19 and in that time work for a nearby aircraft repair company while building hours on my PPL license. Also what are my chances if I join straight out of sixth form?
Many thanks for any help!
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What experience do you have of leading a team, of being in a position of responsibility over others?
While it is possible to join at 18/19, it's unlikely, given what they look for and the balance of people they want. Your best bet is to go to uni - join the UAS - and then apply afterwards. That way, if you don't get in, you've got a plan B.
Just as an FYI, the PPL won't really help you. Military flying is done differently, and while it will be useful to show your keenness for flying, the RAF don't use it as a tool to say "X candidate is better than y candidate" because of the resources needed to complete it and how they're not available for everyone.
It's also worth bearing in mind that the current rumours going around suggest there's about to be a drastic cut to the number of pilots being recruited. So waiting a few years might be advantageous.