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    I'm currently at university but im interested in joining the RAF. If i was to apply this year, would i be able to finish my degree (going into my 2nd year now) or would i have to drop out/start again in the RAF?
    I'd also be interested in doing a different degree later on, is it hard to do a degree in the RAF?
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    it depends i guess... i think there's a chance that you might, but if you say that you don't want to go in til after uni, then i doubt they'd make you...
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    hi,

    im not in the raf myself but am looking at in later in the future.

    the raf give you a certain amount every year especially for education like an allowance apparently, asaccording to their website,

    why dont you apply for sponsership for whislt you are at uni?

    i would stick with uni, as at ccf camp we had a talk by people from Cranwell (where their do initial officer training) and they said uni graduates start off as a rank above non graduate officers
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    Stay at university. You can apply at the same time and finish your degree first. As pointed out by other posters you will graduate from IOT a rank above non degree-holders.

    Doing a degree whilst in the RAF would not be the same as going to uni: enjoy the experience.
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    I would advise you to finish your degree before applying to join the RAF. Your degree will make you marginally more attractive to the selection board over those that are applying to join as non-graduates.

    Sugar-Plum-Fairy is correct, graduates finish IOT (Initial Officer Training) at the rank of Flying Officer, whereas non graduates (also known as "direct entrants" ) finish at the rank of Acting Pilot Officer, and will only be promoted to Flying Officer approximately 18 months - 2 years after IOT (if my memory serves me).
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    (Original post by sugar-plum-fairy)
    hi,

    im not in the raf myself but am looking at in later in the future.

    the raf give you a certain amount every year especially for education like an allowance apparently, asaccording to their website,

    why dont you apply for sponsership for whislt you are at uni?

    i would stick with uni, as at ccf camp we had a talk by people from Cranwell (where their do initial officer training) and they said uni graduates start off as a rank above non graduate officers
    Yeah, i read about the bursary, but from my understanding of it, you only get it if you do a degree that you have 'agreed' with them. Plus, you have to go to a university linked to the RAF, i think.

    Yeh, im going to stick with uni if those are my only options. I just wanted to join up but stick at my uni doing my degree. I mean, i saw that they are after Biomedical Scientists (my degree) but i think it means that they want to train them.. not have people who already have that degree or are doing it. As it says requirements are just GCSE's and A-levels.. which i reckon means that they'd send you to a uni.. which also means id have to start all over again.

    The website isn't very clear
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    (Original post by sarzbabe)
    Yeah, i read about the bursary, but from my understanding of it, you only get it if you do a degree that you have 'agreed' with them. Plus, you have to go to a university linked to the RAF, i think.

    Yeh, im going to stick with uni if those are my only options. I just wanted to join up but stick at my uni doing my degree. I mean, i saw that they are after Biomedical Scientists (my degree) but i think it means that they want to train them.. not have people who already have that degree or are doing it. As it says requirements are just GCSE's and A-levels.. which i reckon means that they'd send you to a uni.. which also means id have to start all over again.

    The website isn't very clear
    Well what branch/ trade were you thinking of joining? If the job they want you to do has a sponsorship scheme then you can still apply since you have already proven that you have got the place at uni!

    You probably wouldn't get any money from them if you wanted to be a Physical Education Officer studying Latin, for example. With regard to attending "RAF-linked" universities, that's tosh
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    Yeah, wrong end of the stick there, but no worries!

    After looking at the RAF Careers site, the 'biomed scientist' job is essentially a medical lab technician, something I'd wager you'd be massively over qualified for with a degree in the subject!

    Take another look around that site and see what takes your fancy, most likely in the Officer branches. But definitely stay and complete the degree!
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    (Original post by sarzbabe)
    Yeah, i read about the bursary, but from my understanding of it, you only get it if you do a degree that you have 'agreed' with them. Plus, you have to go to a university linked to the RAF, i think.

    Yeh, im going to stick with uni if those are my only options. I just wanted to join up but stick at my uni doing my degree. I mean, i saw that they are after Biomedical Scientists (my degree) but i think it means that they want to train them.. not have people who already have that degree or are doing it. As it says requirements are just GCSE's and A-levels.. which i reckon means that they'd send you to a uni.. which also means id have to start all over again.

    The website isn't very clear
    u can apply any time as long as u have at least 3 moinths of ur course left and it doenst have 2 be a specidfic uni or course, (for course i think maybe they dnt like sum courses like media studies or stuff - i dnt know but biomed would be fine im sure)

    they wouldnt send u 2 uni,
    u do ur IOT, then u have a certain lenght of time doing specilist training. if u havea uni course then maybe sum of ur training will be shorter but i dno, anyway, they wouldnt send u back to uni, after all for some officer posts, engineers, nurses, etc u need to go 2 uni/ further courses to get accepted

    if ur not already a member, in september try and join ur Uni ari squadron (UAS)



    defo stick with ur degree anyway, once u leave the RAF, if u want a job in civie street then a degree will look much better than not having 1
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    I would visit your local Armed Forces Careers Office and book a talk with one of the RAF careers advisers, they will be able to talk you through everything.

    Whatever you do I would not drop out of university at this stage.

    It is possible to do a degree in the RAF as an officer ( or even in a few cases not as an officer) but studying part time for a degree at the same time as doing a busy job is always hard work and never fun.

    If you are doing some sort of bio med sciences degree and want to work in that line, go and talk to the AFCO about careers in that line of work and see what your degree qualifies you for. The sort of trades you are talking about about are very small and specialised and there wont be much information about them on the web sites. You need to get the AFCO to put you in touch with the right people who do that sort of job.

    If you don't want to work in the bio med sciences area, your degree will qualify you for officer entry in a number of branches doing anything from Pilot to Admin Oficer. You need to look into all this.

    Whatever you do though don't chuck in your degree, enquire about joining the forces but make sure they are clear you wont join until you graduate.
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    OP, you need to do a lot more research. Unless you are applying for a branch that requires a specific degree (engineering) then you can do any degree you like, Biomedical Sciences is fine.

    If you get a bursary you will be expected to join the University Air Squadron linked to your university - there will be one wherever you are.

    If you just want to get your degree then join the RAF, you should start your application around about the beginning of the first term of your final year.
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    (Original post by Sam-J-Jewell)
    non graduates (also known as "direct entrants" ) finish at the rank of Acting Pilot Officer, and will only be promoted to Flying Officer approximately 18 months - 2 years after IOT (if my memory serves me).
    6 months Acting Pilot Officer, 2 years Pilot Officer, 4 years Flying Officer.

    Pilot Officer is not a rank - it is an honour and worn with pride.
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    Dropping out of uni is the last thing i'd do! i was just interested in seeing whether i could do it at the same time.. like continue my degree in the RAF as opposed to having to start again.. Sorry if i didn't make myself clear.

    (Original post by threeportdrift)
    OP, you need to do a lot more research. Unless you are applying for a branch that requires a specific degree (engineering) then you can do any degree you like, Biomedical Sciences is fine.

    If you get a bursary you will be expected to join the University Air Squadron linked to your university - there will be one wherever you are.

    If you just want to get your degree then join the RAF, you should start your application around about the beginning of the first term of your final year.
    According to the website, only 14 uni's have a UAS - my uni isn't one of them, unfortunately. We only have the OTC - and i don't fancy joining the army.
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    (Original post by sarzbabe)
    According to the website, only 14 uni's have a UAS - my uni isn't one of them, unfortunately. We only have the OTC - and i don't fancy joining the army.

    14 are directly affiliated, but if you were given a bursary it wouldn't matter, you'd be linked to your nearest one.

    On my former UAS we had several members who weren't from the 'recognised' universities that fell under it's umbrella.
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    6 months Acting Pilot Officer, 2 years Pilot Officer, 4 years Flying Officer.
    Unless you're Aircrew, in which case you get 1 year as APO, then one year as Plt Off and 2 years as Fg Off.

    (Original post by ProStacker)
    Pilot Officer is not a rank - it is an honour and worn with pride.
    Damn right.
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    14 are directly affiliated, but if you were given a bursary it wouldn't matter, you'd be linked to your nearest one.

    On my former UAS we had several members who weren't from the 'recognised' universities that fell under it's umbrella.
    But does that mean i'd have to travel to get to the meetings and things?
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    You'd most likely have to travel to get your local RAF Station which hosts your UAS anyway...
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    (Original post by sarzbabe)
    But does that mean i'd have to travel to get to the meetings and things?

    Some travel would be required of you if you got to that stage, yes, but you would be reimbursed.


    Schleigg, not that many have their ground training nights on bases, at least, not to my knowledge [mine certainly didn't].
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    (Original post by Drewski)
    Schleigg, not that many have their ground training nights on bases, at least, not to my knowledge [mine certainly didn't].
    But you weren't one of those people who would join but never go flying...?
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    I'm just going to make life a hell of alot easier and ring them tomorrow :yes:

    Thanks anyway guys!
 
 
 
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