AAC application duration

I am very much interested in a career in the army as an officer and have approached my local AFCO. My preference would definitely be AAC and have already done my aptitude test.

I have just finished my A levels and have decided not to go onto further education and am very eager to start my military career.

Although research has made me familiar with the application stages and their individual duration I am unsure of how long the whole process will take from walking through the AFCO doors to arriving at RMAS?

As I have already completed my aptitude tests, fitness tests and medicals in the past I was hoping that I may be able to make January intake if the army will have me.

Feedback would be much appreciated
My advice - go to uni; get the life experience and joint the UAS and get flying - however if you don't want to, you need to allow at least 6 months for the AOSB process from start to finish then also time to complete grading before Sandhurst otherwise you lose leave whilst you are there.
Over the last few days I have had to weigh up the pros and cons of university and finally decided that I would be much happier going straight into the military rather continue with education.

Losing leave isn’t a massive worry (at the moment); with this in mind do you feel it may be a possibility to enter in January, providing I am successful at AOSB?
No, you should aim off for may. I did my briefing then the earliest main board I could get was 3 months after; and that was the FIRST available board with everything running smoothly. I then had 3 months before RMAS. You also need to allow for PCCBC, time for fitness etc. Did you fail aptitude for the RAF per chance?

YouWILL WANT your leave, trust me - do grading before RMAS; you may get grading in your first term when you are absolutely knackered and the last thing you want to do is spend your 3 weeks working hard. Bearing in mind you may get a 3 - 6 - 12 or even 24 month delay on main board (the first 2 usually for phys and the second lot for maturity and usually given to school leavers to allow them the time to mature) and may even have to do PRAMS being a school leaver. Hence why I emphasized university. I didn't want to go and I'm glad I did! You will be one of few non-grads as RMAS is still heavily comprised of grads in comparison.
Thank you very much for your advice, gives me an idea of a time scale that I can now work to. Considering I have just turned down my uni offer I’m not really in a position to go to uni, nor am I that enthused. If I am in a situation where I will have to wait before allowing entry to RMAS I am hoping that I may be able to do some experience work with the reserves or something, a role to keep me involved, but will discuss further with AFCO hopefully.

No my aptitude score was gained through a flying scholarship that I was awarded over this summer and medical/fitness tests are from Welbeck DSFC where I have been for the past 2 years. Welbeck gave me the opportunity to take a really good look at the Army and I was impressed with what I saw (everything I did at college was primarily army). From there my love for aviation and desire to fly drew me to the AAC.
Dont put all you'r eggs in one basket! You might have passed apptitude etc. but you still have to pass grading. The chop rate there can be quite high, and the fact you have flown before wont matter. I had a guy with over 150hrs on mine with ppl who failed. If you pass then you still have to be selected at Sandhurst. If this doesnt happen be prepared to go to another Regt/Corps. Dont mean to sound negative, but you have to think about all eventualities and be prepared for the worst.
mmmmmmmm not sure. Generally they have to go to Corps with limited exceptions. Regional accents don't necessarily mean Welbeck . :)
By which I meant non teeth arm. But I might be out of date. God knows they even take people for the RAF so a lot has changed.
duffdike said:
By which I meant non teeth arm. But I might be out of date. God knows they even take people for the RAF so a lot has changed.
If memory serves, there are two teeth arm places reserved for Welbeck cadets on each RMAS intake. The rest go to support service type corps. One even went to the Life Guards in around ´80.
Well as I understand it orrificer pilots only do a few years flying. I would want to get my hours in before I went to Virgin Airways!
jinxy said:
duffdike said:
Well IF I wanted to fly helos now, and IF I was qualified, I would join the RAF.
And fly re-supply, troop movement and casivac? Wouldn't you rather fly a 'War Bird' ?
You´d think so wouldn´t you? This reminds me of an incident from my flying days. I landed my chicken leg at Kaiserslautern HLS for a spot of PX shopping on a Friday (as you do). Parked up next to us was a tooled up Cobra, looking v.cool. Of course we bounded over to ask if we could have alook round. The US crew were quite suprised and said yeah, but only if they could have a look at our Gazelle. They said they would swap in a heart beat. They spend their entire flying career going low level to and from fire positions and ages in the hover. They were deeply envious of the variety of flying that we did (battlefield recce, liaison, CASEVAC (BATUS), FAC and lots of fast balls). We went away very grateful for our lot.
To keen pilots the type of flying must be paramount. In my daydreams I would love to fly an Apache (lol) but interesting flying would be good. AAC officers get side tracked into admin and command. Prince Harry is probably on a great path though.
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