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    Hi, i am considering a career as an ATC officer in the RAF after finishing university in 2 years time and looking for some kind of advice. I am hoping to join BUAS this year, still working on application form.

    I been in Air Cadets for over 4 years now and still got few months left untill my 20th birthday, going summer camp in the middle of August to RAF Waddington so that should be fun

    Due to my nationality im only restricted to few officer positions in RAF and ATC officer is one of them, maybe i should say its not exacly what i have dreamed of my whole life but seems like a good career and something that i might enjoy doing too. I also have a perfect knowledge of two foreign languages including Russian which might come handy in this kind of career either in RAF or after.

    Just wanted to know if any other people applying for same job got any sort of advice to give.

    As well as that where does ATC officer job stands on apptitude test scale, i guess pilot and WSO would be on the top.

    As well as that i think there is an error on RAF careers website, SNCO ATC shown as a higher pay then ATC Officer which surely isn't right ? :confused:

    Thanks
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    Knowledge of other languages is quite a useful thing to have on your CV nowadays. Even in the ATC world, you have no idea what sort of ridiculous exchange programmes or visits you could find yourself on if you speak fluent Russian! The intelligence world also has a lot of openings for people with languages, from any branch, so once your residency/nationality issues are covered, you never know.

    As far as aptitude goes, different tests test different aptitudes. It's not as simple as top scores go pilot or whatever, as the specific aptitudes required to fly may be quite different from those required to be a controller.
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    (Original post by Miza)
    As well as that i think there is an error on RAF careers website, SNCO ATC shown as a higher pay then ATC Officer which surely isn't right ? :confused:


    Definitely not an error.

    S [senior] NCO will have been serving 10-15 years and have a great deal of experience compared to a 1st/2nd tour, fairly young ATCO. The pay reflects that.
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    He might be referring to direct entry SNCO air traffickers though, who don't have that excuse!

    Same as WSOps versus brand new, straight from school A/Plt Off pilots. The SNCO'll earn a lot more, as he's going very rapidly into a specific job as a specialist, and is forgoing all the benefits the officer has like the chance to run the RAF one day.
 
 
 
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