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Hello, for the past 1 - 2 years i have had the thought of joining the RAF / really getting motivated for it. Recently my friends have been telling me. that if I join the RAF at 16 then I will miss out the fun of my teenage life like going out partying etc. Is this true. I am going to the careers office on Tuesday to talk about joining. But this has started giving me doubts on joining. The thing is I don't know what to do. as my college application got denied.

Another thing that is doubting me from joining the RAF is that I can swim but probably not for 100m. I really want to learn but I haven't gone swimming in probably 2+ years.

To be honest I actually don't know what to do anymore. Im stressing for my gcses. I want to revise but when it comes to it, It just doesn't happen and it p****s me off so much how I really want to do well but my body is like no. I do want to go into the RAF. But what if I fail my gcses? I wont get in.

I understand that I am thinking negatively a lot but this is genuinely going through my head.

PS. Just a side note my overall goal is to be a pilot and I understand you need a levels but. Like I Just don't think I'll get that so I want to have a look at a cyberspace communication specialist.


Sorry didn't know where to post if it was here or somewhere else . I primarily talk about RAF So I put it here.
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(Original post by TheLostHDPenguin)
Hello, for the past 1 - 2 years i have had the thought of joining the RAF / really getting motivated for it. Recently my friends have been telling me. that if I join the RAF at 16 then I will miss out the fun of my teenage life like going out partying etc. Is this true. I am going to the careers office on Tuesday to talk about joining. But this has started giving me doubts on joining. The thing is I don't know what to do. as my college application got denied.

Another thing that is doubting me from joining the RAF is that I can swim but probably not for 100m. I really want to learn but I haven't gone swimming in probably 2+ years.

To be honest I actually don't know what to do anymore. Im stressing for my gcses. I want to revise but when it comes to it, It just doesn't happen and it p****s me off so much how I really want to do well but my body is like no. I do want to go into the RAF. But what if I fail my gcses? I wont get in.

I understand that I am thinking negatively a lot but this is genuinely going through my head.

PS. Just a side note my overall goal is to be a pilot and I understand you need a levels but. Like I Just don't think I'll get that so I want to have a look at a cyberspace communication specialist.


Sorry didn't know where to post if it was here or somewhere else . I primarily talk about RAF So I put it here.
Will you 'miss' some stereotypical teenage stuff? Sure. But you'll also experience far more than your peers. The friends you leave behind will miss out on what you're doing.

No matter what path in life you choose, you'll not do something else. That's the nature of life.

The things you do by joining the RAF are going to massively overshadow a few parties that you might go to as a kid. And it's not as if you won't socialise, have fun, or try new things or go to new places in the RAF... And you're going to get paid

Swimming isn't that important. It's nice to have, but not being a strong swimmer won't hold you back, so don't worry about that. Might just mean you can't do quite as much adventurous training until you're a bit stronger.

The bit about wanting to be a pilot is different, though. If you're joining as one thing but really wanting to be something else, you could be in for a rough ride if you don't enjoy the other trade.
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(Original post by TheLostHDPenguin)
Hello, for the past 1 - 2 years i have had the thought of joining the RAF / really getting motivated for it. Recently my friends have been telling me. that if I join the RAF at 16 then I will miss out the fun of my teenage life like going out partying etc. Is this true. I am going to the careers office on Tuesday to talk about joining. But this has started giving me doubts on joining. The thing is I don't know what to do. as my college application got denied.

Another thing that is doubting me from joining the RAF is that I can swim but probably not for 100m. I really want to learn but I haven't gone swimming in probably 2+ years.

To be honest I actually don't know what to do anymore. Im stressing for my gcses. I want to revise but when it comes to it, It just doesn't happen and it p****s me off so much how I really want to do well but my body is like no. I do want to go into the RAF. But what if I fail my gcses? I wont get in.

I understand that I am thinking negatively a lot but this is genuinely going through my head.

PS. Just a side note my overall goal is to be a pilot and I understand you need a levels but. Like I Just don't think I'll get that so I want to have a look at a cyberspace communication specialist.


Sorry didn't know where to post if it was here or somewhere else . I primarily talk about RAF So I put it here.
I joined the RAF straight from school and often worried that I would miss out on the 'breaking free' aspects of going to university in the same way that you mentioned.

As it turns out you're hanging around in shared accommodation with a load of people who are the same age as you and generally up for a good time, the major difference being that you're all being paid a decent wage and can afford to go out and have a great time.

Bottom line, don't worry.
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Will you 'miss' some stereotypical teenage stuff? Sure. But you'll also experience far more than your peers. The friends you leave behind will miss out on what you're doing.

No matter what path in life you choose, you'll not do something else. That's the nature of life.

The things you do by joining the RAF are going to massively overshadow a few parties that you might go to as a kid. And it's not as if you won't socialise, have fun, or try new things or go to new places in the RAF... And you're going to get paid

Swimming isn't that important. It's nice to have, but not being a strong swimmer won't hold you back, so don't worry about that. Might just mean you can't do quite as much adventurous training until you're a bit stronger.

The bit about wanting to be a pilot is different, though. If you're joining as one thing but really wanting to be something else, you could be in for a rough ride if you don't enjoy the other trade.
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I joined the RAF straight from school and often worried that I would miss out on the 'breaking free' aspects of going to university in the same way that you mentioned.

As it turns out you're hanging around in shared accommodation with a load of people who are the same age as you and generally up for a good time, the major difference being that you're all being paid a decent wage and can afford to go out and have a great time.

Bottom line, don't worry.
Ok thank you very much. This has helped me a lot. do appreciate it. <3
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There's also nothing wrong with having doubts. Perfectly natural.
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