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(Original post by Damir)
Rite, if ya wanna have a sample of questions on aptitude tests, go to your local ACO and ask for a "Joining The RAF, your next step", I have the booklet in front of me and gives you the low downs on selection process, and the whole booklet is focusing on aptitude questions, the book was printed 04/03, but I think the guy in the ACO said its for group trade, and looking at this booklet some questions are hilariously easy, like calculate 0.64+2.51 (its multichoice)
Individual questions are designed to be easy. Trouble is, you get quite a few to do in only a few minutes (e.g. 30 questions in 6 minutes) - in fact virtually everyone does not complete all the questions in each section (and you don't get a 15 second countdown or something to stop you randomly marking answers in the hope of getting one right!)

In addition, it sounds like these are the example questions for applying to join as a airman (ground trades) rather than a commission or NC Aircrew. There is a leaflet that describes five computerised tests which, although everyone takes them, are designed for selecting pilots, WSO's, Int, ATC, Fighter Control - think there's more; can't recall them to hand.

I would assume that there are other aptitude tests that need to be taken also that I don't know about... over to you Wzz
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Hi all,

As a little introduction: I am 20 years old and have been home educated since 13. I have attended college and gained 5 GCSE's and 2 A-Levels (all C and above). I also have a BTEC in Aviation Studies awarded by my local Air Cadets. I have 13hrs training on C150/152's towards my PPL. I have been working towards a career as a pilot in the RAF since I was 13. At the moment, I am working on lowering my weight by another stone. I also exercise (gym, run, cycle and swim) every day. So I will be in excellent shape for when I decide to submit my application to progress on to the first interview.

I am booked-in for a presentation on the 7th October. I keep hearing that I should have plenty of questions for the staff/officers that will be giving me the presentation but each time I try to think of questions to ask, I end up thinking about...

1. What will the training involve?
2. How long will the course be?

... and basic stuff like that, that will probably be answered in the presentation. Would anyone else be able to suggest some good questions so that I don't fall flat on my a$$ with a tonne of questions that have been answered during the presentation.

I have also been informed by the AFCO staff that I should work on my Leadership skills. I am going to join Air Cadets as a Civilian Instructor up until I go into the RAF. I am also trying to get a job and generaly brighten up my application.

All suggests will be much appreciated (for anything to do with the selection/application process)

P.S. I am 6ft 3", physically fit, good eye sight.

Regards

David (Dave)
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hiya phil,
I've been offered a job as NCO aircrew an i'm startin in january. i managed to pass all of the aptitude tests but failed pilot on eyesight (i don't wear glasses but there you go). apparently my aptitude for WSO, although 'pass' made me 'less competative' for selection, although i will still have the opportunity to be commissioned as a WSO later on.
about half of the people on my board got chopped on part one at the interview so after that i ended up being the youngest applicant (aged 18) on my board by about 4 years. the part two excercises were such a laugh though, as you'll know yourself. my AFCO rung me about 4 days after OASC to let me know unofficially that i'd got in which was gud cos it saved all the waiting.
don't worry about not being selected this year - your perseverence will pay off if you want the job enough.
gud luk. dave.
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(Original post by Daveo123)
Hi all,

As a little introduction: I am 20 years old and have been home educated since 13. I have attended college and gained 5 GCSE's and 2 A-Levels (all C and above). I also have a BTEC in Aviation Studies awarded by my local Air Cadets. I have 13hrs training on C150/152's towards my PPL. I have been working towards a career as a pilot in the RAF since I was 13. At the moment, I am working on lowering my weight by another stone. I also exercise (gym, run, cycle and swim) every day. So I will be in excellent shape for when I decide to submit my application to progress on to the first interview.

I am booked-in for a presentation on the 7th October. I keep hearing that I should have plenty of questions for the staff/officers that will be giving me the presentation but each time I try to think of questions to ask, I end up thinking about...

1. What will the training involve?
2. How long will the course be?

... and basic stuff like that, that will probably be answered in the presentation. Would anyone else be able to suggest some good questions so that I don't fall flat on my a$$ with a tonne of questions that have been answered during the presentation.

I have also been informed by the AFCO staff that I should work on my Leadership skills. I am going to join Air Cadets as a Civilian Instructor up until I go into the RAF. I am also trying to get a job and generaly brighten up my application.

All suggests will be much appreciated (for anything to do with the selection/application process)

P.S. I am 6ft 3", physically fit, good eye sight.

Regards

David (Dave)
To be honest with you, you don't have to ask any questions as the presentation is only there to promote the RAF. if you are intent on asking a question ask along the lines of ' when do you think would be the right time to pull troops out of Iraq?' or something like that.
if you are going for pilot at least learn the aircraft which the RAF operates and what they are used for, as the officer may flash up pictures on the screen and ask what they are (www.raf.mod.uk is the best place for this information). also try and read up on current affairs (nothing in deapth) because the officer may ask 'whats going on in 'this place' at the moment...' etc. the presentation and filter interviews are merely formalities so nothing really to worry about.
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Well, I'm off to OASC on sunday! after a months preperation I better do well! wish me good luck! I might need it!!
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Well, I'm off to OASC on sunday! after a months preperation I better do well! wish me good luck! I might need it!!

Good luck. Let us know how you get on.

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Well, I'm off to OASC on sunday! after a months preperation I better do well! wish me good luck! I might need it!!
rafaelshumy:

Please please please e-mail me and let me know the in's and out's of your experience! I am off for my presentation a week today (07/10/04), then I will be gearing up for the interview etc so your experience would be very much appreciated.

Regards

Dave

E-Mail me at: dm112233[AT]hotmail.com (please change the [AT] to @)
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Hello again people, aint been on for a while. Having overcame my worries about having asthma, I just realised another possible problem. Altough im in good phsical shape, good eyesight, interested in RAF service and aircraft, and got good GSCE's (10 A-C's and B's in maths English and sciences). Im studying Physics, English and ICT at A level. I have done very little in the way of so called extra curricular activities. I dont go Duke of Edinburgh, I dont go hiking rock climbing or any of that, and im not a member of the Air cadets. I have thought about joining, but i dont know if im too old, as im 17 now. Do many start as late as this or should i do something else? Any advice would be great.
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(Original post by Jamie_JAGGERS)
Hello again people, aint been on for a while. Having overcame my worries about having asthma, I just realised another possible problem. Altough im in good phsical shape, good eyesight, interested in RAF service and aircraft, and got good GSCE's (10 A-C's and B's in maths English and sciences). Im studying Physics, English and ICT at A level. I have done very little in the way of so called extra curricular activities. I dont go Duke of Edinburgh, I dont go hiking rock climbing or any of that, and im not a member of the Air cadets. I have thought about joining, but i dont know if im too old, as im 17 now. Do many start as late as this or should i do something else? Any advice would be great.
Cheers,
Jamie
Jamie, you cant get much of a late starter then me, im 24 and having never considered the RAF until the begining of this year, so from between school and this year i'd done nothing outside of college, uni, work other then attend motor races and travel (photography). So now im trying to resolve that situation. For me ive arrange to join a training club in edinburgh which starts next week while someone has suggested to me about getting involved with the local running club. Also as well ive a friend that loves indoor rock climbing which I may just join him on. Convince friends to play tennis or badminton. There is things that can be done, im slowly working that all out now.

hope thats of some help to you
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Yeah thanks I hadnt really considered activities like tennis or badminton, and thee is new sport centre thats just been built down the road, so ill probably have a look at whats on offer there. Also i have decided to join my local ATC, and get that sorted out. Thanks, at least now i know im not the only one who aint done aything about it real early.
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(Original post by Jamie_JAGGERS)
Yeah thanks I hadnt really considered activities like tennis or badminton, and thee is new sport centre thats just been built down the road, so ill probably have a look at whats on offer there. Also i have decided to join my local ATC, and get that sorted out. Thanks, at least now i know im not the only one who aint done aything about it real early.

There's a couple of lads who joined my ATC when they were seventeen and sound as though they were in a similar situation to you. They've now nearly finished their gold D of E, done a BTEC in Aviation studies and have got involved in squadron sports, adventure training and RAF camps;so it's not too late to achieve some of this stuff.
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Does anyone know anything about the Royal Auxiliary Air Force?

I like the career i've got and i don't really want to give it up now to join the RAF, but i'm still really interested in the RAF, i don't think the TA is for me but have been reading about the RAAF, does any one know anything about them, would i join as an Airman or is ther a direct route to becoming an officer using my engineering degree, i haven't go any issues about joining as an airman though i'm just wondering if they have a specialist unit like the TA?
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Damn it ppl, is it just me or all the RAF procedure takes ages, well I can understand why, but I can still complain rite, gotta presentation on 13th of Oct. some ppl mite thing unlucky but I cant wait to get things moving. Anyone else living in easy Yorks, well Hull as a local ACO, just to make clear, I dont actually live in Hull, no offense. Annnnnywho, does/is anyone in a serious commitment when the opposite sex or same...., dont wanna discriminate, but I was wondering what are they prospects like, does ya gf or bf follow you where ever you go!? does RAF try to find her/him...I'll just stop with this him/her tom foolery, coz the gf is not tooooo hot about following me without a prospect of a job, p.s. the misus isnt in RAF, well not english neither, but lets not get into that....now. So do they get help in finding a job when ever I'm sent on a different post? Anyone. Gracias
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Well i went to the AFCO today, as did a few other people interested in going in as officers, basically just told them i deffo wanted to go in as pilot. Found out a few things i didnt know though: That maximum height for pilot is 5.11 and there are 20 places on the fast jet course for next year when i apply. :eek: he also said that women make better pilots but i think he was just saying that to comfort the girl at the meeting who found out she was too tall lol!
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(Original post by Damir)
Damn it ppl, is it just me or all the RAF procedure takes ages, well I can understand why, but I can still complain rite, gotta presentation on 13th of Oct. some ppl mite thing unlucky but I cant wait to get things moving. Anyone else living in easy Yorks, well Hull as a local ACO, just to make clear, I dont actually live in Hull, no offense. Annnnnywho, does/is anyone in a serious commitment when the opposite sex or same...., dont wanna discriminate, but I was wondering what are they prospects like, does ya gf or bf follow you where ever you go!? does RAF try to find her/him...I'll just stop with this him/her tom foolery, coz the gf is not tooooo hot about following me without a prospect of a job, p.s. the misus isnt in RAF, well not english neither, but lets not get into that....now. So do they get help in finding a job when ever I'm sent on a different post? Anyone. Gracias
Damir, sorry to shatter your illusions but the RAF will not make allowances for your partner if you are not married. It doesn't matter how long you have been together. It's basically up to him / her to decide whether to follow you on your postings and to find their own employment. Although there may be employment in the RAF community he / she won't get any preferencial treatment because you are serving.
HTH
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(Original post by Jamie_JAGGERS)
women make better pilots but i think he was just saying that to comfort the girl at the meeting who found out she was too tall lol!
Even considering the use of G suits, female pilots can generally tolerate higher G forces because of their frame size and distance blood is pumped from heart to brain. High G's cause blood to pool in the lower parts of the body and eventually lead to seeing stars, tunnel vision and then blackout.
As for as being better pilots technically, the ratio of male to female pilots in the RAF is stacked massively in male favour so there aren't that many to compare.
Were you just refering to fast jet with the AFCO's quoted max height of 5'11"?
I know at least 2 C130 pilots who are taller.
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Even considering the use of G suits, female pilots can generally tolerate higher G forces because of their frame size and distance blood is pumped from heart to brain. High G's cause blood to pool in the lower parts of the body and eventually lead to seeing stars, tunnel vision and then blackout.
As for as being better pilots technically, the ratio of male to female pilots in the RAF is stacked massively in male favour so there aren't that many to compare.

Of course we make better pilots;it's scientifically proven that women are good at multi-tasking!!
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Damir, sorry to shatter your illusions but the RAF will not make allowances for your partner if you are not married. It doesn't matter how long you have been together. It's basically up to him / her to decide whether to follow you on your postings and to find their own employment. Although there may be employment in the RAF community he / she won't get any preferencial treatment because you are serving.
HTH
But if you're married then there is more help? dont know what else to say, so I'll leave it at that.
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Does anyone know anything about the Royal Auxiliary Air Force?

I like the career i've got and i don't really want to give it up now to join the RAF, but i'm still really interested in the RAF, i don't think the TA is for me but have been reading about the RAAF, does any one know anything about them, would i join as an Airman or is ther a direct route to becoming an officer using my engineering degree, i haven't go any issues about joining as an airman though i'm just wondering if they have a specialist unit like the TA?
Actually, I don't know very much about it. Most RAuxAF (Not RAAF; That's the Royal Australian Air Force) units I've encountered tend to be specialists, like medical units.
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and there are 20 places on the fast jet course for next year when i apply. :eek: he also said that women make better pilots but i think he was just saying that to comfort the girl at the meeting who found out she was too tall lol!
Which fast jet course is that?

Right now, there's probably something like 6-10 slots on a BFJT course, with one starting every 8 weeks. However, you won't be worrying about BFJT slots until you've passed OASC, IOT, and EFT. What's this AFCO been quoting you?
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