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    (Original post by flyer_2k3)
    Sorry if the truth hurts.

    What is your problem?? You seem incapable of discussing anything without behaving in an insulting and immature manner.

    There are many people on this site who are very experienced and have lots of valuable advice to give, and most of us who post here are very grateful for their help.

    The RAF recruiters quote refers to people's experiences, which is based on an individuals perspective, and should be taken as such. The standards and entry criteria into the RAF (such as medical conditions that prevent you being a pilot) are FACTS, and not individual opinion, and should be taken as such.

    Have a look on the RAF website, where you will find all you need to know.
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    (Original post by Nikki J S)
    What is your problem?? You seem incapable of discussing anything without behaving in an insulting and immature manner.

    There are many people on this site who are very experienced and have lots of valuable advice to give, and most of us who post here are very grateful for their help.

    The RAF recruiters quote refers to people's experiences, which is based on an individuals perspective, and should be taken as such. The standards and entry criteria into the RAF (such as medical conditions that prevent you being a pilot) are FACTS, and not individual opinion, and should be taken as such.

    Have a look on the RAF website, where you will find all you need to know.
    Experienced? Oh so they're ex RAF pilots?

    Fact: You talk Rubbish.
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    (Original post by flyer_2k3)
    Experienced? Oh so they're ex RAF pilots?

    Fact: You talk Rubbish.

    Some of them are CURRENT RAF pilots, so yes they are experienced. Although I think I was referring more to the experience of those people who have been, or are going through the selection process.

    Instead of posting nonsense arguments on this thread, you're time might be better employed by doing some reading around the RAF and the particular branch you're interested in!!
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    (Original post by Nikki J S)
    Some of them are CURRENT RAF pilots, so yes they are experienced. Although I think I was referring more to the experience of those people who have been, or are going through the selection process.

    Instead of posting nonsense arguments on this thread, you're time might be better employed by doing some reading around the RAF and the particular branch you're interested in!!
    What happened to ignoring his posts
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    (Original post by Vladek)
    What happened to ignoring his posts
    Yup time to ignore him, he's just stirring to get a responce. lets move along and ignore.

    ex-recruiter has given a handy hint in what he has told us that nothing should be taken as gospal as things change all the time.
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    (Original post by Nikki J S)
    Some of them are CURRENT RAF pilots, so yes they are experienced. Although I think I was referring more to the experience of those people who have been, or are going through the selection process.

    Instead of posting nonsense arguments on this thread, you're time might be better employed by doing some reading around the RAF and the particular branch you're interested in!!
    Why are you the one reacting? You can't go around pointing your finger at anyone, ugly. People here are RAF pilots? LOL
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    (Original post by Nikki J S)
    Philos, have you been drinking?
    actually no but by looking at what i posted last night i can see why you may think so hahaha, man i got a B for english at GCSE that must mean i should b able to cnstruct some kind of readable sentence doesnt it lol, what i mean to say was, is your previous record at OASC carried over to the next time you come?? for example if you have a bad interview at your first attempt will the evidence and impression be carried over when you come back so they already have a impression of you??


    hopefully this time ive made some sence lol
    thanks phil
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    Come on chaps no one wants this site to be used for stupid fightin between people, i and most of the ppl i know on here come on this site to give and recive advice and information!! not to look at muppets having irrelevent arguments!!

    some of the advice on here you have to take with a pinch of salt and i hope that the information i gave about OASC isnt taken at the blueprint for all the OASC processes. It was my experience and obviously people will experience OASC differently from others, however tho you may want to change or argue about the facts you cant change them!! facts are like the say facts so whats the point in arguing!! if you have a difference in opinion then share it but not like it is some play ground squabble!!

    Come on chaps wats the point in arguning :confused: on here go somewhere else n argue!!

    thats my two peneth said bye Phil
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    (Original post by Wzz)

    Regardless, I'll be happy to see someone else from the RAF contributing here. It'll make this thread feel less like a personal crusade
    Happy to pick up the baton - since I'm coming up from the ranks for a commission (or at least trying to!), I don't know how much use I'll be, but I should be able to answer some of the issues that come up here.
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    (Original post by BUMPFFICHH)
    I sent this off to a candidate a while back, but my view of OASC has dipped even lower since then so now i think everybody should get a look.

    INTERVIEW SPOILER

    Ok, you get two boarding officers interviewing you. One of whom will pick you up from reception and give you a brief talk about the interview on the way to the room, where he wil introduce his colleage. The first half is personal family/education/work/sports/hobbies history, the second is RAF knowledge/motivation and current affairs. This as much as i can remember is a list of the questions i was asked.

    What is your date of birth?
    How old does that make you in years and months?
    Where do you live?
    How long have you been there?
    Did you have any particular problems growing up with your parents? (what he was getting at is emotional family stuff, they want to know you had a stable upbringing.)
    How do your parents feel about joining the RAF?
    Are you in a relationship?
    How does she feel about your joining the RAF?
    How many GCSE's did you get?
    How many A levels did you get?
    Looking back, how do you feel about the results you got?
    What opportunities at school (up to the age of 16) did you have for joining Air Cadets or Army Cadets or Sea cadets?
    What opportunities at school did you have for travel?
    What opportunties at school did you have to join clubs?
    What sports if any did you play with the school?
    What organisations or schemes (i.e. Duke of Edinburgh Award etc) were you involved with at school?
    What was involved with your D of E Award?
    What sports were you involved with outside of school?
    What else were you involved with out of school?
    What university did you attend?
    And what was the result of your degree?
    How do you feel about that result?
    **Same questions about sport and club involvment but now at university.
    What if any, leadership roles did you have during this time?
    What opportunities have you had to travel, either with you family or by yourself?
    What employment did you have whilst you were at school?
    At university?
    Between University and now?
    On to the second bloke.
    So why do you want to join the RAF?
    You've chosen Pilot, Intelligence and WSO, what are your reasons for chosing these branches in particular?
    So you've been accepted, how does your training start and where?
    And then?
    **he will pick on one or more of your branches ask you to run through the training including duration and places or pick one point out in detail**
    Given that i was going for pilot he asked;
    What Aircraft do the RAF operate?
    Where is that based? (picked couple at random)
    What new aircraft are the RAF getting?
    What new capabilities are the RAF getting? (he was talking about ASTOR (Airborne StandOff Radar) for battle field surveillance)
    Where does the RAF have permanent bases overseas?
    If you were unsuccessful in your application, what do you plan to do?
    Having put on a uniform, you are now a target. How do you feel about that?
    Give me some headlines that have grabbed your attention from around the world? (have enough to reel off at him till he stops you because they will wait to see when you stop and thus if you have just learnt a few for this occasion)
    **he will go into detail about one or more of these, i had Isreal and the failed road map to peace**
    So what would be your 'road map to peace'?
    What roll if any do you think NATO plays or should play in the world since the fall of the Soviet Union?
    Give me some news stories that have struck you recently at home? (again, be able to reel off a **** load, make him stop you. Go for a wide range of topics but be able to back them up with some understanding just the same as world topics)

    Then the 'Standard' questions (he may pretend to read them off a card) dont let you guard down, these count too.
    If you failed in gaining a commission, would you be interested in a NCO position?
    We realise that in this day and age many of are younger applicants may have had some experience with drugs. What if any contact have you had with drugs?
    Have you ever used drugs yourself?
    We operate a random drugs testing program in the RAF how do you feel about that?
    Do you feel that infringes on peoples privacy?
    What are your veiws on drug taking within the armed forces?
    What are you view on drug taking in the general population?
    Have you ever faced a criminal conviction/ had a/ have a outstanding court order on you etc etc.?
    Erm.... thats pretty much it. I think you get the gist of it from this. Understyand that this was my interview and some stuff will be quite diffeent from yours, for exampl, as you are not going for quite such a technical branch as i was going for, then on the RAF knowledge bit they may ask you more about RAF organisatio/ joint operations etc. The interview is 45 mins. It will go FAST. Don't get nervous, try to sound cheerful and eager. Two girls got cut very fast because they were nervous. The rooms are quite small, you are only a couple of meters away from the two interviewers and there is a table between you, so its not like you are on a chair out in the middle of a big room or anything. If your hand tend to shake or you fiddle with your hair or anything like that when your nervous then keep the bloody things firmly in place on your lap. Probably not meant to give out the format of the interview like i just have, but sod them, they didn't do me any favours so im very keen that at least somebody should benefit from my experience.
    On the rail warrent question, go to the ticket office of the station you are traveling from, same day will do, i did mine 20 mins before my train. They should know what to do with it. They will gove you two single tickets, one there, one for three days later, that date should be on the warrant. On the return ticket it will say 'valid until **/**' so even if you get cut as early as i did, you will still be able to use that ticket to get home. Ok hope that has helped. Anything else just gimmie a shout.

    Do you feel at points in the interview particularly pressured by questions or tones of voices, do you feel that sometimes they are trying to put you under pressure to see how you hold your nerve and how well you think straight under pressure and in a nervous situation? It's just I read somewhere about how the two interviewers play sort of good guy/bad guy roles. Also the fact that you called it "interview spoiller" implies that it is meant to be a suprise and perhaps catch you unawares to topple yuor nerve. Any truth in this?
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    (Original post by flyer_2k3)
    People here are RAF pilots? LOL
    Yes, and have been for nearly 10 years. If you don't believe me, drop me a private message with your details; if you're within a sensible train ride of my current base, are an appropriate age, and are interested in flying, you can come and visit.

    Alternatively, if you're just stirring, I suggest you disappear until you come up with some conclusive proof that no-one here's in the RAF. They've been paying me for so long they'd be glad to hear it.
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    (Original post by Arch-Angel)
    Happy to pick up the baton - since I'm coming up from the ranks for a commission (or at least trying to!), I don't know how much use I'll be, but I should be able to answer some of the issues that come up here.
    .... especially regarding things that I know less about, having only worked as an officer and in OASC recruitment. Thanks!
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    (Original post by Wzz)
    I've seen every candidate make it through to part two, and I've seen very very few make it through; it's random because the way we allocate people to boards has virtually nothing to do with their ability.

    Wzz, can you be more specific on how people are allocated to boards?
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    I went to the careers office and they have asked me to get a letter from my doctor confiming i have never suffered from asthma. I did suffer slight symptoms around the age of 4 and was clear after 2 weeks on an inhaler and a course of drugs. I do not have a clue if this was genuine asthma. Does anyone know how strict they are on this, are they likely to reject me even on these slight symptoms?
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    (Original post by Jamie_JAGGERS)
    I went to the careers office and they have asked me to get a letter from my doctor confiming i have never suffered from asthma. I did suffer slight symptoms around the age of 4 and was clear after 2 weeks on an inhaler and a course of drugs. I do not have a clue if this was genuine asthma. Does anyone know how strict they are on this, are they likely to reject me even on these slight symptoms?
    lucky enough I had just read about this on another forum.
    the raf are very strict on this and will make you wait 4 years without signs of symptoms before being able to join. As long as your medical records show it as not being asthma you are clear. If they do, your best bet is to get forwarded to a chest specialist to clear the matter up as they can overule the original doctors verdict.
    Seems doctors prescribe the use of an inhailer by default even if its not required just to be on the safe side.
    Anyhow, good luck with that
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    (Original post by Nikki J S)
    Wzz, can you be more specific on how people are allocated to boards?
    Not really; been a while since I worked at OASC and I can't remember everything; especially as I wasn't responsible for this. I'll check with a couple of mates who are still there.
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    If you've ever had actual asthma; for any amount of time at all; then you can't be aircrew. 4 years clear and you can join in a ground branch.
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    Hope everyone reading and contributing to these threads is thinking of those left behind by the crew of the Canberra T4 that crashed at Marham last night. Timely reminder that it's not the safest job in the world. My thoughts are certainly with them all.
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    Could someone tell me what level of mental arithmetic I should be at to be commissioned aircrew? for instance what kind of calculations should I be able to do in my head and what arithmetic will I encounter at OASC in the aptitude or group planning tasks?
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    (Original post by flashman)
    Could someone tell me what level of mental arithmetic I should be at to be commissioned aircrew? for instance what kind of calculations should I be able to do in my head and what arithmetic will I encounter at OASC in the aptitude or group planning tasks?

    Have you got a date to attend yet?
 
 
 
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