Transfer to Army Air Corps

Discussion in 'Aviation' started by ConCTKD, Mar 21, 2012.

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  1. ConCTKD
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    ConCTKD Clanker

    Currrently going through the process of joining, hopefully the Queens Royal Lancers or another formation recce regiment. However my purpose is to gain some experience and then transfer over as a pilot. I know you can join from any regiment after reccomendation for cpl. Was just curious is anyone on here has done something similar? What regiment did you come from? Did what you learn help being a pilot? How did the transfer go, was your regiment helpful? Any comments on something similar would be appreciated.

    Cheers guys
  2. Enemy_Within
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    Yep, almost exactly the same, but I wouldn't lower my standards enough to join the cavalry. ;-)

    See above.

    Yes, but I would have gained as much from almost any other trade. Ability counts far more than experience, particularly in the early stages. There have been soldiers (male and female, but very few, and none for years, female NCOs) from almost every trade qualify as an Army pilot, from cooks and medics to ex-SAS.

    By transfer I assume you mean course application (see my reply to the thread on the RAC forum)? The application was a nightmare, my Regt "lost" the paperwork at least three times and managed to place as many obstacles in my path as possible (surely I wasn't that indispensible!). It took over a year just to get the application in, and that by subterfuge and the wrong paperwork to boot. Eventually I resorted to getting someone else to sign the application and took it to MW myself by hand.

    When it finally came time to go off on the course I was summoned to RHQ, to the 2ic's office, for a 'leaving' interview (it was only a course, not to transfer) and was told in no uncertain terms, that if I were to fail the course, not to bother coming back to the Regt.

    I'd keep quiet about your desire to become one of the chosen until the fateful day you actually apply, otherwise you might find your progress somewhat hindered. Be the best soldier you can, don't talk when you should be listening and never eat yellow snow.
  3. ConCTKD
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    Cheers, that's the depth of information I was after. So what regiment did you go from? What aircraft are you on?
  4. Enemy_Within
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    My Regiment doesn't exist any more, and right now I'm on a desk. ;-)
  5. cloudbuster
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    See, you were indispensible after all.
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  6. Don't know what the craic is nowadays but back in the early '80s one could do the Observer or Gunner course and keep original badge. that way you may get a feel for it and see if you want to re-badge. Also will help if you do go for pilot.
  7. Enemy_Within
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    It was a great apprenticeship, but that avenue closed some time ago.
  8. Banker
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    Banker LE

    AAC is a home for ex-tankies.

    Talking of which, where is that filthy Welshman PG?
  9. Fred_Frog_1987
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    It used to be the case that "teeth arm" types were preferred at selection stage i.e. armour, guns, inf, engrs, etc. That said, I'm fairly sure we had a vet flying cabs at one stage, so the unit you come from isn't really the be-all and end-all by any stretch of the imagination.

    I'd say getting into arty FO or specialising in FAC duties with the infantry might be useful, but then I know feck all really, been out of the mob for 12 years!
  10. cloudbuster
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    We've had vets, medics, farriers, and chefs at times various prove their worth, FF. They all bring something constructive to the party, so-to-speak.
  11. Fred_Frog_1987
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    Completely agree there CB. Hopefully the selection tests have been adjusted accordingly though...there weren't many questions about horseshoes or omlettes on the papers as I recall ;-)
  12. cloudbuster
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    From memory, the standard questions were available to all and sundry, and as the questions hadn't been updated since Korea, they were mainly bollocks. But, as with anything to do with groundschool on the APC, simply learning the answers was all that was required to get a pass. All you had to do was ask someone who'd been through it before you.
  13. Fred_Frog_1987
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    I'm convinced the questions were written such that only real military-geek types would know the answers. Normal people were expected to use their initiative and find the cheatsheets...which weren't hard to find if you arranged to have a chat with AAC winged-warrior types. It was almost a tradition to pass these things on.
  14. cloudbuster
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    One of the snags with having prior-knowledge was to avoid tearing the arse out of it. A student on my APC was taken aside after scoring 100% in a test, to be told by the senior instructor to stop being a tit and play the game.

    Met Test #2; first 6 answers were A, B, C, B, C, B, A. I haven't a clue what the questions were, only the answers, 24 years later.

    Going back to selection; where the questions had been overtaken by events and bore no resemblance to reality, one was expected to answer the question rather than point-out the error.

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