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    Anyone got a Star Trek uniform I could buy instead?
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    Try Fylingdales. If you can't get hold of the unitard, you'll at least get the communicator badge!

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    (Original post by TownFanJamie)
    Hey Vizz,

    Quick question, probably not in the right place but I figured SOMEONE reading this will know. I have OASC on May 9th and have just been offered a teaching job in Poland until June 15th. I can definitely get the time off to come back for OASC but, what I want to know is, is it a problem for the RAF if I teach abroad for 3 and a half months before I go for OASC?
    Jamie,

    I honestly have no idea. PS, TPD or Wzz might have a better idea, but you know who'll have the best info don't you... get on down to your AFCO! Or, just don't tell anyone and hope it never comes out... oh, wait...

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    (Original post by TownFanJamie)
    I have OASC on May 9th and have just been offered a teaching job in Poland until June 15th. I can definitely get the time off to come back for OASC but, what I want to know is, is it a problem for the RAF if I teach abroad for 3 and a half months before I go for OASC?
    I'm sure my AFCO guys mentioned in passing that it's sometimes a problem if applicants have been abroad for a 28 day continuous period in the previous 12 months. I didn't ask for details as it didn't apply to me, but you may find it's only non-EU travel that's a problem, or it may just require extra security checks on their part. If it's just a continuous period they've a problem with you may be able to work around it by popping home one weekend each month.

    Best to check with your AFCO.
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    (Original post by TownFanJamie)
    Hey Vizz,

    Quick question, probably not in the right place but I figured SOMEONE reading this will know. I have OASC on May 9th and have just been offered a teaching job in Poland until June 15th. I can definitely get the time off to come back for OASC but, what I want to know is, is it a problem for the RAF if I teach abroad for 3 and a half months before I go for OASC?
    I studied abroad for one year in Hungary. This has caused problems with my RAF application. I studied as part of the ERASMUS program supported by my University. But because of this I have had to get a Hungarain CRB check, letter from the institution I was studying at, as well as a reference from one of my teachers.

    Today I had my filter interview and I had even more questions about Hungary and I had to fill in where I had gone, places I stayed and whom with. Including addresses and phone numbers.

    After my filter interview I asked the interviewer if my time in Hungary will cause a problem. She told me that for 90% of applicants, it doesn't. For 10% it does. Also, you can't get a definitive answer till after OASC. So I could pass my medical, fitness then OASC, and still not get into the RAF because of Hungary. Unfortuntatly I will not know until I completed the whole application process. She also stated that they have two categories for people who go abroad. Those who do it as part of their course and those who do a gap year either pre or post Uni. I'm not sure if you would fit into any of those categories.

    So the question I would ask you, is it a risk worth taking? But I can only give you my experinces of this. As has already been suggested, you need to go to your AFCO and ask the questions.

    And finally, to the point I came here today. As I mentioned here earlier I had my filter interview today. I just wanted to thank the thread creator and all the people in this thread. You gave me so much information about being an ABM. I passed my filter interview and my interviewer said she was impressed with my knowledge of my choosen branch, IOT and generally the RAF. Part of that is down to this thread, so once again. Thank you. Hope to be working with some of you soon.
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    (Original post by sypher1985)
    I studied abroad for one year in Hungary. This has caused problems with my RAF application. I studied as part of the ERASMUS program supported by my University. But because of this I have had to get a Hungarain CRB check, letter from the institution I was studying at, as well as a reference from one of my teachers.

    Today I had my filter interview and I had even more questions about Hungary and I had to fill in where I had gone, places I stayed and whom with. Including addresses and phone numbers.

    After my filter interview I asked the interviewer if my time in Hungary will cause a problem. She told me that for 90% of applicants, it doesn't. For 10% it does. Also, you can't get a definitive answer till after OASC. So I could pass my medical, fitness then OASC, and still not get into the RAF because of Hungary. Unfortuntatly I will not know until I completed the whole application process. She also stated that they have two categories for people who go abroad. Those who do it as part of their course and those who do a gap year either pre or post Uni. I'm not sure if you would fit into any of those categories.

    So the question I would ask you, is it a risk worth taking? But I can only give you my experinces of this. As has already been suggested, you need to go to your AFCO and ask the questions.

    And finally, to the point I came here today. As I mentioned here earlier I had my filter interview today. I just wanted to thank the thread creator and all the people in this thread. You gave me so much information about being an ABM. I passed my filter interview and my interviewer said she was impressed with my knowledge of my choosen branch, IOT and generally the RAF. Part of that is down to this thread, so once again. Thank you. Hope to be working with some of you soon.
    Congratulations! Fingers crossed you'll get a positive response from Cranwell too. It wasn't Leeds AFCO by any chance was it?

    On to my question; I've already done a term abroad in Poland as part of the Erasmus programme, fortunately only 4 months so I didn't need the CRB check but I DID need a letter from the institution in Poland, my university here, plus addresses of where i'd stayed and names, ages and nationalities of anyone I'd lived with.

    I still haven't accepted the job yet, going to ring my AFCO in the morning and see what the Flt. Lt. there has to say on it all. Thanks for your input guys, great help.
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    My AFCO is Luton. Cheers for the grats .

    Where abouts in Poland you planning on going? Also, where did you study for Erasmus? I frequent Poland often because that is where my girlfriend is from.

    Dzien Dobra :P
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    (Original post by sypher1985)
    And finally, to the point I came here today. As I mentioned here earlier I had my filter interview today. I just wanted to thank the thread creator and all the people in this thread. You gave me so much information about being an ABM. I passed my filter interview and my interviewer said she was impressed with my knowledge of my choosen branch, IOT and generally the RAF. Part of that is down to this thread, so once again. Thank you. Hope to be working with some of you soon.
    Sypher,

    Thank you for this post, not just for your thanks, but also for the info you shared with TFJ. Much more useful than anything I could have said! Congratulations for doing so well at the filter; I hope you'll also be successful at OASC. Have you been up here on an RJP yet? If not, completing one would help you get a deeper understanding of what we do before you get to OASC; if you have, would you mind sharing your thoughts about the experience on here? Either way, hope to see up here sometime in the future!

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    (Original post by TownFanJamie)
    I still haven't accepted the job yet, going to ring my AFCO in the morning and see what the Flt. Lt. there has to say on it all. Thanks for your input guys, great help.
    Jamie,

    Hope that goes well for you today. If you don't mind sharing the result on here, I think it could be as helpful as Sypher's post for anyone else reading the thread.

    Best of luck!

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    (Original post by Dhalgren)
    Best to check with your AFCO.
    Dhalgren,

    Always the best advice! Thanks for your post, too. It all helps!

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    Is the logo in your avatar a new ABM logo? I noticed that they've put it on the front door of the SABM.
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    Hi Vizzini, you may remember my pestering during the run up to christmas before my OASC, i now have another question albeit one of ignorance.

    I seem to of lost the documentation about my RJP for RAF Boulmer (i'm coming on the 16th Feb), other than my train tickets, is there anything i should bring in particular?

    I'm already under the assumtion i'll need a suit/shirt/tie for the mess but other than this is anything else recommended?

    Cheers in advance,

    Jason
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    (Original post by Jason.faceplant)
    Hi Vizzini, you may remember my pestering during the run up to christmas before my OASC, i now have another question albeit one of ignorance.

    I seem to of lost the documentation about my RJP for RAF Boulmer (i'm coming on the 16th Feb), other than my train tickets, is there anything i should bring in particular?

    I'm already under the assumtion i'll need a suit/shirt/tie for the mess but other than this is anything else recommended?

    Cheers in advance,

    Jason
    A sense of humour if you are going to boulmer and possibly a spade to get through the snow, sunglasses for when you get dazzled by the bright daylight coming out of the bunker, new kidneys after drinking games in the mess, as for the rest Vizz will set you right
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    The snow has gone now so no shovel is required!
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    (Original post by Jason.faceplant)
    I seem to of lost the documentation about my RJP for RAF Boulmer (i'm coming on the 16th Feb), other than my train tickets, is there anything i should bring in particular?

    I'm already under the assumtion i'll need a suit/shirt/tie for the mess but other than this is anything else recommended?
    Hi Jason,

    Suit / Jacket / Shirt / Tie definitely required for: arrival, during the daytime and perhaps one or both of the evenings. However, it's worth bringing some slightly more casual clothing for the evenings in the Mess. By casual, I mean a collared shirt / polo shirt and smart trousers at a minimum - no jeans, t-shirts and definitely no trainers.

    For girls visiting - skirts must be below the knee and shoulders should be covered. You'd also need flats - not heels - during the day visits. Elf and Safety, see?

    As for the 'mislaid' documentation, don't worry. As long as you can get here and produce a form of identification to confirm you're the person we're expecting, that's fine. You'll be met at the train station by the Hosting Officer (in uniform) and escorted to the station, but you'll need a full (ie both parts) driving licence or some other form of, preferably, photographic ID (Passport, NUS card or somesuch) in order to be issued your pass to get in.

    Any other questions? I have absolutely no idea what hootandroar could possibly mean by any of his post btw :cool: ... other than the point about snow. As Wallazabal says, we've been snow free for the last couple of weeks, so all's well.

    See you tomorrow night, I'll be at the Meet & Greet.

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    I just bumped int the RJP folk in the sports hall while I was putting some kit away. Imagine my surprise when I saw my IFPT instructor from RAF Halton among their number!

    Bit of a career shift, from RAF Regiment to ABM!
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    (Original post by Vizzini)
    Sypher,

    Thank you for this post, not just for your thanks, but also for the info you shared with TFJ. Much more useful than anything I could have said! Congratulations for doing so well at the filter; I hope you'll also be successful at OASC. Have you been up here on an RJP yet? If not, completing one would help you get a deeper understanding of what we do before you get to OASC; if you have, would you mind sharing your thoughts about the experience on here? Either way, hope to see up here sometime in the future!

    Vizzini
    Hi Vizzini, as I don't know what an RJP is I'm going to say no. But from what you said I assume it is a visit to Boulmer. Incidentally this topic was raised on my station visit at RAF Cottesmore today. They told me to go ask my AFCO about it tomorrow when I go there for my medical. Is this two day visit the RJP you speak of? Also, what does RJP mean? I've tried searching but to no avail.

    Edits: Several off them because I'm tired. Apologies.

    Edit again: I'll leave my post as is because it's late and if I rewrite it'll be even worse. But I now know what and RJP is .
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    Also, I feel I must go to RAF Boulmer as on my station visit there were 6 people applying for ATC and one of the officers with us was also an ATCO, so yeah, they gave me some stick.
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    (Original post by sypher1985)
    Edit again: I'll leave my post as is because it's late and if I rewrite it'll be even worse. But I now know what and RPJ is .
    Really? Because it wouldn't be "RPJ" if you knew what it was :p:
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    Haha, I was tired last night, I'll edit it now. Thanks :P
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    (Original post by sypher1985)
    Haha, I was tired last night, I'll edit it now. Thanks :P
    Hi Sypher,

    Just so I'm clear: You're happy with the whole RJP process now? Have you spoken to your AFCO to get you on one yet?

    I can just imagine the sort of stick you got from the ATC guys, btw. Ho hum.

    Vizzini
 
 
 
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