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    Heya

    Has anyone been through the process?
    My bf recently applied to be a pilot and two back up choices... What happens next?

    Also, does any one know anyone in the RAF that lives in a compound? (are they even called compounds?!?! ) Ive heard that you get discounted food and rent and stuff... or any random info?

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    You should ask your boyfriend, if he doesn't know those answers then he should probably find out asap.
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    Well i just wanted some info from people that have actually done it or have experience in the RAF...

    (he doesnt know any pilots anyhow :P )
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    (Original post by amt250)
    Has anyone been through the process?
    My bf recently applied to be a pilot and two back up choices... What happens next?
    He goes to the Officers and Aircrew Selection Centre at RAF Cranwell, where they put him through a 4 day selection procedure to see what he'd be suited to. Then he comes home and either gets a "yes," a "maybe, wait a few months while we look for someone better" or a "no" for one of his branch choices. His career starts properly when he goes to Initial Officer Training, a nine month course also at Cranwell.

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    Also, does any one know anyone in the RAF that lives in a compound? (are they even called compounds?!?! ) Ive heard that you get discounted food and rent and stuff... or any random info?
    No, they're called stations. You don't get anything "discounted," you pay a charge direct from your pay towards the cost of your accommodation in the Officers' Mess if you're single. You'll be expected to "live in" throughout training. It costs around £200-250 a month, and it's a bit like a university hall in a lot of ways.

    You also pay a food charge, which is something approaching £4 per day which covers the cost of your cooked breakfast and dinner in the mess. Lunch you pay for as part of your monthly "mess bill" which is how you also pay for mess services, laundry, drinks in the bar, etc.

    It's an irritating misconception that things like accommodation are "discounted" to the armed forces, which creates a fair bit of ill feeling. The bar prices are cheap because it's a private members club and the members (i.e. that station's officers) set the prices based on how much profit they want their mess to make. The only subsidised thing are families' quarters, where they don't expect you to pay market rent as you're presumably paying for a mortgage somewhere else, so your rent is a lot cheaper than a private home.
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    A useful thing to do would be to organise some station visits where you'll meet the officers doing the job your interested in and have a tour of the facilities, you can organise them through the AFCO
 
 
 
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