Looking to join AAC

#1
Hi folks,
I'm hoping to join the Army Air Corps (TA) and was after some advice from anyone currently serving.

Are they actively recruiting?
Is the phase 1 training in house rather than at an RTC?
Is it still one weekend a month for phase 1?
Are drill nights compulsory?
Which evening do you parade?

Thanks for your time.
 
#2
#4
Are they actively recruiting?

- Yes.

Is the phase 1 training in house rather than at an RTC?

- Nope - RTC. 677 Sqn send their people to 49 Bde at Grantham. Not sure about the 655 Sqn route.

Is it still one weekend a month for phase 1?

- Not sighted on recruit training.

Are drill nights compulsory?

- Not compulsory (we all have other commitments than the TA) but a reasonable attendance would help you get up to speed more quickly.

Which evening do you parade?

- 677 Sqn is Tuesday evenings, I believe 655 is the same.

Role and opportunities ?

- We deliver Juniors to the Regular AAC capable of re-arming AH on OP HERRICK. We are trained to do refuelling also but the RAF TSW tend to monopolise this task 'sausage-side'. We are also trained for rigger-marshalling as a core competence of being an AAC soldier.

- A few people have gone on Ops to perform Watchkeeper, Signaller, Int :)-))and Q tasks and, prior to the current budgetary embarrassments, our current CO was pressing the Volunteer brand with other AAC units, some quite Gucci. However, the Signaller and MPS/Flight Ops as career streams now appear complete dead ducks.

What do you want out of AAC (V)?

FP
 
#5
Thanks for the reply.

What do you want out of the AAC (V)?

That's a big question, working on one of the most Gucci pieces of kit in the Army is a big draw. I'm not a spring chicken, getting on a bit for storming trenches, but feel I could give the lads on the ground a bit of help by keeping these beasts in the fight.

I'm looking for a decent career, part time, but could get a couple of tours in. Definitely looking at progression through the ranks and should be able to get in at least 15 years service.
 
#7
No. Can't see that changing any time soon, either.

Sorry !
 

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