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Hey, I’m starting my initial training in 2 weeks time and have been focusing heavily on my fitness and mindset in preparation, one thing I’m unsure about is do I need a strong amount of knowledge about what aircrafts the raf have and the bases that are in operation, I want to be completely prepared and don’t want to feel as though I’m not interested in which I have lived and breathed the raf the last few months, as my start date is getting closer I’m getting more worried I’m not prepared knowledge wise, I completed a specialist interview which required me to complete the bleep test to level 7.9, 15 push ups and 36 sit ups is this the same form of testing down at Halton or is it the 2.4km run, both I am confident with as I say it’s more peace of mind for what’s in store when I get there!!
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(Original post by Cez_mc)
Hey, I’m starting my initial training in 2 weeks time and have been focusing heavily on my fitness and mindset in preparation, one thing I’m unsure about is do I need a strong amount of knowledge about what aircrafts the raf have and the bases that are in operation, I want to be completely prepared and don’t want to feel as though I’m not interested in which I have lived and breathed the raf the last few months, as my start date is getting closer I’m getting more worried I’m not prepared knowledge wise, I completed a specialist interview which required me to complete the bleep test to level 7.9, 15 push ups and 36 sit ups is this the same form of testing down at Halton or is it the 2.4km run, both I am confident with as I say it’s more peace of mind for what’s in store when I get there!!
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A lot of the answers depend on your age, gender and trade. Assuming you're male and 17-29, at RTS you'll have to get to 9.10 on the RAFFT 20m Bleep Test, 20 Press-Ups and 35 Sit-Ups. If you're older and / or female, your pass scores will be lower. It's been 10 years seen I completed RTS, but there was no 2.4km pass / fail RAFFT run at Halton. If I remember correctly, there may have been one to allow the PTI's to gauge your fitness levels but this may have changed.

The more you know about RAF aircraft, basing and history the better. But if you're joining as a junior rank and you've already passed your interviews, you already know the minimum required to start RTS. I remember there being a General Service Knowledge (GSK) Test after a few weeks into RTS. This covered rank structure, RAF history and a few other subjects. I remember it being easy (I think it was multiple choice). I certainly don't remember anyone being re-coursed over it or anything draconian.
Depending on your trade, you may need to know more about RAF aircraft in your Phase 2 training. I was TG9 (now TG7) and there was a aircraft recce type lesson on that but again, it wasn't particularly difficult.
The easiest way to brush up on current RAF aircraft types is their website and Wikipedia.

https://www.raf.mod.uk/aircraft/
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Thankyou for your message I’m an 18 year old female going in as a firefighter, I had to get level 7.9 on my specialist interview however I know it is lower for general entry to the RAF, what I am also finding difficult is information on where firefighters are currently based, as I know I will be asked to give my 3 preferred bases at the end of Phase 2 however I have looked high and low to find bases where they operate, Thankyou for your help !!
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(Original post by Cez_mc)
Thankyou for your message I’m an 18 year old female going in as a firefighter, I had to get level 7.9 on my specialist interview however I know it is lower for general entry to the RAF, what I am also finding difficult is information on where firefighters are currently based, as I know I will be asked to give my 3 preferred bases at the end of Phase 2 however I have looked high and low to find bases where they operate, Thankyou for your help !!
I understand that quite a few bases use non-RAF firefighters but certainly the larger, more operationally focused ones will use RAF pers. Certainly bases like Brize Norton, Waddington, Lossiemouth and Akrotiri (as this is in Cyprus, you won't be sent here for your first posting) but perhaps smaller units like Northolt, Cranwell, Shawbury, Coningsby and Marham too will be available.
I must admit that I don't know much about the firefighter trade but one can imagine that you'll need decent aircraft knowledge as you could well be pulling personnel out of a burning plane.

Good luck at RTS. While it's not easy, most people pass it; plus it sounds like you're already fitter than necessary if you meet the firefighter levels. It's also worth remembering that the "real" air force generally isn't like life at Halton. As a firefighter, you'll probably spend most of your time playing sport instead of actually working once you're out of the training system ;-).
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Thankyou for your message I’m an 18 year old female going in as a firefighter, I had to get level 7.9 on my specialist interview however I know it is lower for general entry to the RAF, what I am also finding difficult is information on where firefighters are currently based, as I know I will be asked to give my 3 preferred bases at the end of Phase 2 however I have looked high and low to find bases where they operate, Thankyou for your help !!
This one came up recently, search through the threads.

There are, I believe, 8 bases. They're all the main operational flying bases.
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