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Im hoping that someone currently in the RAF Newby or more experienced can help me. Im 25 and I last year finnished my Masters degree, I decided that the average office job wasn't for me so decided to apply to join the RAF. Based on my experience in education (political science/International relation) background i felt I had a lot to offer in the intelligence side of thing and as the website said the Raf aren't currently hiring officer in this branch applied to the specialist role, sat the AST and qualified for all trades.

It was suggested at the AFCO following this that if I wanted I could apply for an officer role and as I'd looked at the Air Ops branch over the period between first apply and my AST I decided to apply for Flt Ops and do the CBAT. Unfortunately I didnt pass apart from for the WSOp Lng (I was very run down and under preperared when I sat the test due to long working hours the weeks before).

I have decided that I would still like to join to do one of the apprenticeships despite it being a significant pay cut from my current office job. My main reason for wanting to do this is that I would like to do something more interesting than the general 9-5 and I am also looking for something with potentially a bit more excitement as well. Being very active I want a job whilst requires rather than trying to cram it in around my normal work life.

The roles im considering at the moment are Int An and Air and Space flt Ops.

Im looking for:
Reasonably quick progression or good entry conditions as I'm getting on abit now

To be as physically active as possible.

Good training opportunities in niche/interesting areas.

Travel opportunities.

I have queried this with my careers advisor but the response wasn't particularly helpful just that they all are pretty similar. Can anybody advise on the various pros and cons of these trades based on what I aim to get from the RAF. Or perhaps others that I may not have though about, for example i was told that PTI is good for most of these things by someone I know who has been in and out of the Raf with a 20 year career as a driver.

Thanks in advance
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1. Reasonably quick progression or good entry conditions as I'm getting on abit now:
Entry requirements are detailed on the RAF Recruitment website; you'll need to read up as only you can decide what counts as "good". Progression depends on what jobs are available when you are ready for a move, what slots are available at the next rank when the promotion board sits and how you've performed in your primary and secondary duties; in other words, a lot of unknown factors so you can't be given a definitive answer.

2. To be as physically active as possible:
You can be physically active outside of your job with gym, sports, adventure training etc.

3. Good training opportunities in niche/interesting areas:
Again, depends on your definition of "good" and when jobs become available, as per q1.

4. Travel opportunities:

Again, job wise, depends what is happening in the world, though you could do an exercise or benign deployment overseas rather than frontline. Adventure training and sports can take you other places.

The AFCO staff aren't there to start comparing jobs or give you every option, mostly because they don't know! They have knowledge of other jobs solely from their experience doing the role in which they joined up; recruiter is a tour for high-petforming candidates before moving back into their own trade or branch, and you are taught the selection and interview process, not the ins and outs of every available job. Also, it takes a lot of time go through the details of each role with an individual and they don't know all your preferences, and they can't leave themselves open to someone complaining they were steered into wrong trade when they join up. You need to do the research.

When you say "do one of the apprenticeships" do you understand how that works? An apprenticeship comes on completion of tasks and a portfolio through specialist and on-the-job training; it's not a separate qualification to being in the military.
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(Original post by DawsLe)
Im hoping that someone currently in the RAF Newby or more experienced can help me. Im 25 and I last year finnished my Masters degree, I decided that the average office job wasn't for me so decided to apply to join the RAF. Based on my experience in education (political science/International relation) background i felt I had a lot to offer in the intelligence side of thing and as the website said the Raf aren't currently hiring officer in this branch applied to the specialist role, sat the AST and qualified for all trades.

It was suggested at the AFCO following this that if I wanted I could apply for an officer role and as I'd looked at the Air Ops branch over the period between first apply and my AST I decided to apply for Flt Ops and do the CBAT. Unfortunately I didnt pass apart from for the WSOp Lng (I was very run down and under preperared when I sat the test due to long working hours the weeks before).

I have decided that I would still like to join to do one of the apprenticeships despite it being a significant pay cut from my current office job. My main reason for wanting to do this is that I would like to do something more interesting than the general 9-5 and I am also looking for something with potentially a bit more excitement as well. Being very active I want a job whilst requires rather than trying to cram it in around my normal work life.

The roles im considering at the moment are Int An and Air and Space flt Ops.

Im looking for:
Reasonably quick progression or good entry conditions as I'm getting on abit now

To be as physically active as possible.

Good training opportunities in niche/interesting areas.

Travel opportunities.

I have queried this with my careers advisor but the response wasn't particularly helpful just that they all are pretty similar. Can anybody advise on the various pros and cons of these trades based on what I aim to get from the RAF. Or perhaps others that I may not have though about, for example i was told that PTI is good for most of these things by someone I know who has been in and out of the Raf with a 20 year career as a driver.

Thanks in advance
With a Masters in IR, you should look at either waiting for the officer branch to open, or at the Int opportunities in the Army, or doing the CBAT again when you are better prepared.
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