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I want to start training in the RAF as soon as I can I’m 16 years old and am about to start 6 form in September I’ve done a bunch of research but am bad at it apparently because I can’t find anything on the subject I don’t want to go to 6 form but my parents want me to while I wait to be acknowledged by the RAF ( I missed the application deadlines) so my question is does anyone know what I can do instead of 6 form while I wait ?
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I want to start training in the RAF as soon as I can I’m 16 years old and am about to start 6 form in September I’ve done a bunch of research but am bad at it apparently because I can’t find anything on the subject I don’t want to go to 6 form but my parents want me to while I wait to be acknowledged by the RAF ( I missed the application deadlines) so my question is does anyone know what I can do instead of 6 form while I wait ?
Why not do your alevels? You can then probably enter into a higher role. Depends what you want to do in the RAF?
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I want to start training in the RAF as soon as I can I’m 16 years old and am about to start 6 form in September I’ve done a bunch of research but am bad at it apparently because I can’t find anything on the subject I don’t want to go to 6 form but my parents want me to while I wait to be acknowledged by the RAF ( I missed the application deadlines) so my question is does anyone know what I can do instead of 6 form while I wait ?
You need to be in full time education until you're 18, which includes apprenticeships. So you need to find something.

An RAF application, even if you're successful at every stage first time, is going to take ~18 months minimum.

A lot of it depends on what you want to do in the RAF. Only having GCSEs limits what you can apply for, and while they do take U18s, you have to have your parents' permission.
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You need to be in full time education until you're 18, which includes apprenticeships. So you need to find something.

An RAF application, even if you're successful at every stage first time, is going to take ~18 months minimum.

A lot of it depends on what you want to do in the RAF. Only having GCSEs limits what you can apply for, and while they do take U18s, you have to have your parents' permission.
Some good points here. I think for the OP, they would be best looking on the site. You get way more choice with A-Levels. You can even apply for a pilot that starts at a minimum of £30,000+ in the first year, raising to £42,000+ after specialist training. Both also come with benefits. This if you have A-Levels. See the pilot page, below:

https://www.raf.mod.uk/recruitment/r.../aircrew/pilot

Here's the page to look at all options:

https://www.raf.mod.uk/recruitment/find-your-role
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I want to start training in the RAF as soon as I can I’m 16 years old and am about to start 6 form in September I’ve done a bunch of research but am bad at it apparently because I can’t find anything on the subject I don’t want to go to 6 form but my parents want me to while I wait to be acknowledged by the RAF ( I missed the application deadlines) so my question is does anyone know what I can do instead of 6 form while I wait ?
People who tell you you need to be in education until you're 18 are at the verge of being correct. You technically need to be in training, education or employment until you're 18. However, if you're not absolutely nothing will happen. The government won't chase you down with a lawsuit or anything. At best, they might get in touch to see if you need any help. This isn't to discourage you from pursuing opportunities, just telling you how it actually is.

The RAF application process takes months to complete so I'd say you should do something in the meantime.

Intead of going to 6th form you could:
-Go to college
-Do an apprenticeship
-Find a job
-Do a traineeship

At college you can do a BTEC which is much better for preparing you for a particular job/role than A-level. Traineeships are a waste of time for people who do them for any reason besides starting over. Apprenticeships are great - you get to work in a professional environment, earn a decent wage, and gain a qualification. But they take a while. Finding a job isn't the best option at 16. You will miss out on free education and probably won't be paid all that much unless you work crazy hours which is illegal for under 18s.
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