RAC requirements - different to infantry?

#1
Hey, im new here and have been looking at the forum for a couple of days, I wan to join the army going down the road to becoming part of a tank crew.

I was wondering.. are the medical, fitness and eyesight requirements the same as if I was to join as infantry?

The reason I ask is that I am left eyed, my right eye works fine and I can function using just that, but its definatly not strong enough to use as the eye im using to aim the gun, if that makes sense?

I know that the SA80 can only be used right handed which is the problem im talking about.

Any help anyone could give me would be great. I think im gonna pay the optician a visit just to see exactly what state my right eye is in and if theres anything I can do to improve it. I certainly dont want to get all the way through selection and then fail at the medical. Id rather know beforehand.

Cheers fellas.
 
#4
It could be a problem, mate. But the issue will be sorted one way or the other long before you start basic.

Best thing is to see your local ACIO recruiter and he will advise you of the current standards. If you can take an optician`s report with you, so much the better.
 
#5
You will have to learn to fire the rifle in phase one training anyway ,the more practise you get using your right eye, the stronger it will become.
If you pass phase 1&2 and get to your unit (RAC) then firing the rifle wont really be as much of an issue as it would were you joining an Infantry Regiment. You'll be too busy doing your driver/gunners course!. Good Luck.

Cheers Easy!
 
#7
Cheers guys.

Im gonna pay my optician a visit when I get time, most likely next monday. I'll see what they suggest. I'll do an eye test and take the results to the careers place when I go.

During the phase 1+2 training is there a test you have to pass, a certain standard at firing the rifle?

You never know, it could just be me being paranoid, my eyes could be fine... 8O 8O 8O lol.
 
#8
If one of your eyes wanders strangely you could be in for rapid promotion as loony wang eyes just look dangerous -

"have you considered going straight up the middle?"

style dangerous.
 
#9
vinno said:
Cheers guys.

Im gonna pay my optician a visit when I get time, most likely next monday. I'll see what they suggest. I'll do an eye test and take the results to the careers place when I go.

During the phase 1+2 training is there a test you have to pass, a certain standard at firing the rifle?

You never know, it could just be me being paranoid, my eyes could be fine... 8O 8O 8O lol.
You still need a good tailor though..... :wink:
 
#10
I think I look pretty crazy anyway, even without the non exsistant wadering eye. Although crazy in the "what a tosser" kind of way haha.
 
#11
vinno said:
During the phase 1+2 training is there a test you have to pass, a certain standard at firing the rifle?
Don`t worry about it, mate. If your eyesight is good enough someone will teach you and kick your arrse till you get it right. If your eyesight is not good enough you ain`t going to get that far anyway.
 
#12
vinno said:
I think I look pretty crazy anyway, even without the non exsistant wadering eye. Although crazy in the "what a tosser" kind of way haha.
A future RSM me thinks...
 

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#13
light_projector said:
Yeah, go for RAC. Both the Comdr and Gunner fire the 120mil on Chally 2 left handed - so you might be quids in and get fast tracked.
Just picture the scene:

Comd: I said it is my turn to fire the big bangy thing.

Gnr: No it isn't - you done it last time (and missed)

Comd: It's my toy so I'm going to do it.

Gnr: Well, see if I care.

Driver: FFS - get a brew on.
 
#15
LostBoss said:
If one of your eyes wanders strangely you could be in for rapid promotion as loony wang eyes just look dangerous -

"have you considered going straight up the middle?"

style dangerous.
If not you'll be well sought after anyway. "All-Round Defence eyes" who better to have stagging on?? :D
 
#16
I couldn't find a relevant enough thread to put this in, so i decided that this was the nearest to the subject i want to discuss. Im in the process of applying for the RAC and just filled out my RG8 and all that stuff. The recruitment sergant is telling me i need to be fit which is a bit obvious. But just how frigging fit do you have to be? Whats the big secret? People are telling me to go running, but nobody is telling me for what distance, or in what time. Similar with situps, press-ups and pull-ups, they are saying its important to do a certain amount in a minute so when i get to lichfield ill be accepted. But how many do i need to bust out in a minute, is it something crazy like 50 or 60? Please take pity on me and answer my question, Its busting my nuts.
 
#17
The eyesight standard for the Household Cavalry and RAC is higher than the basic infantry entry level. You also need a better colour perception score. If you only meet the basic level you will be rejected for the Armoured roles at selection.

Eyesight Standards The standard personal weapon is the SA80 and this requires vision in the right eye to be correctable to no less than 6/9. Vision in the left eye must be correctable to no less than 6/36. Spectacle correction must be no greater than -7diopters or +8 in any meridian. Certain types of surgery or laser treatment to correct visual defects are unacceptable and clarification should be sought prior to application

The link below shows the fitness tests for selection.

Fitness Test
 
#18
To clear this up, you are not tested on press ups or sit ups for selection, just the tests shown on the link above.
 
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