RAF Career

#1
Hello everyone,


Im looking for some infomation regarding the RAF. Ive recently been looking at joining the RAF to reignite my career, i left the TA 2 year ago after 6 years service on my own grounds. Personal problems curtailed things for me and i was unable to commit my time to the unit i was with. Now 1 year on ive got my act toegther and ready to reignite a career and im not looking at the TA as an option this time. I am however intrested in the RAF.

I have done some small research about units in my area and their is one near the airport & im pretty sure its the only one in Northern Ireland (Aldergrove) Which is where im living. Ive looked at the possibilties of an RAF Regiment Officer however i currently do not have the 2 A Levels required, i do however meet all the other academic requirements, im quite prepared to do my 2 A levels to meet the requirements of RAF Regiment officer and im pretty certain thats the route i want to go down.


The problem i have at the minute is im unsure which area of the RAF to enter while i aquire my A Levels. Ive done online research and it appears "Gunner" is a viable option which also offers Regiment officer training if you show potential. Ive looked at the roles avaliable and my local unit and the roles of regiment officer & Gunner are not listed, im not sure how up to date the site list was so this is where my dilemia lies im not sure which way to go with this

Can anyone offer any advise/infomation please?


Thanks in advance
 

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#3
#4
I thought the thread title was "RAF Carer". They all need one.
 
#6
#7
This is ostensibly (albeit loosely) a military forum so why are you asking about the RAF?
 
#9
Some's a little crabby!
There is no justice.

Firstly, I get accused of being a bird, then I get accused of being RAF?

I'm offended.
 
#10
What about Army Officer, a better option if you want to do all the green stuff. If you want to wear blue go for a technical trade.
I'm guessing that as he left the TA two years ago after six years in, that he's at least 26 and so too old for most things in the Army (as an officer) - including infantry.
 
#12
Hello everyone,


Im looking for some infomation regarding the RAF. Ive recently been looking at joining the RAF to reignite my career, i left the TA 2 year ago after 6 years service on my own grounds. Personal problems curtailed things for me and i was unable to commit my time to the unit i was with. Now 1 year on ive got my act toegther and ready to reignite a career and im not looking at the TA as an option this time. I am however intrested in the RAF.

I have done some small research about units in my area and their is one near the airport & im pretty sure its the only one in Northern Ireland (Aldergrove) Which is where im living. Ive looked at the possibilties of an RAF Regiment Officer however i currently do not have the 2 A Levels required, i do however meet all the other academic requirements, im quite prepared to do my 2 A levels to meet the requirements of RAF Regiment officer and im pretty certain thats the route i want to go down.


The problem i have at the minute is im unsure which area of the RAF to enter while i aquire my A Levels. Ive done online research and it appears "Gunner" is a viable option which also offers Regiment officer training if you show potential. Ive looked at the roles avaliable and my local unit and the roles of regiment officer & Gunner are not listed, im not sure how up to date the site list was so this is where my dilemia lies im not sure which way to go with this

Can anyone offer any advise/infomation please?


Thanks in advance
Contact Viscount Chelsea... He is a very honourable gentleman and served in the RAF Regt.
 
#13
The is no RAF reserve here in Northern Ireland,If the was I wouldv'e transferred to it years ago when I left the regular RAF for my reserve stint.RAF Aldergrove has all but closed down & the careers office is a joint one at Palace Barracks.
Nice wah but no smarty!
 
#16
Hello everyone,


Im looking for some infomation regarding the RAF. Ive recently been looking at joining the RAF to reignite my career, i left the TA 2 year ago after 6 years service on my own grounds. Personal problems curtailed things for me and i was unable to commit my time to the unit i was with. Now 1 year on ive got my act toegther and ready to reignite a career and im not looking at the TA as an option this time. I am however intrested in the RAF.

I have done some small research about units in my area and their is one near the airport & im pretty sure its the only one in Northern Ireland (Aldergrove) Which is where im living. Ive looked at the possibilties of an RAF Regiment Officer however i currently do not have the 2 A Levels required, i do however meet all the other academic requirements, im quite prepared to do my 2 A levels to meet the requirements of RAF Regiment officer and im pretty certain thats the route i want to go down.


The problem i have at the minute is im unsure which area of the RAF to enter while i aquire my A Levels. Ive done online research and it appears "Gunner" is a viable option which also offers Regiment officer training if you show potential. Ive looked at the roles avaliable and my local unit and the roles of regiment officer & Gunner are not listed, im not sure how up to date the site list was so this is where my dilemia lies im not sure which way to go with this

Can anyone offer any advise/infomation please?


Thanks in advance
It is not entirely clear whether you are referring to joining the RAF (full time) or RAuxAF (part time/reserve), I assume that you are talking about the reserves.

While RAF careers are certainly not my field of expertise, one thing is clear. In order to stand a realistic chance of being selected as an officer (whether Army or RAF), you realistically need a lot more than just the basic academic qualifications of two A levels; the vast majority of officers have degrees nowadays and innate leadership potential and character are really more important. While I don't want to knock your confidence too much; judging solely by your post above, you also need to do a lot to improve your written english.

Good luck and try some of the RAF focused websites listed in the posts above.
 
#17
It is not entirely clear whether you are referring to joining the RAF (full time) or RAuxAF (part time/reserve), I assume that you are talking about the reserves.

While RAF careers are certainly not my field of expertise, one thing is clear. In order to stand a realistic chance of being selected as an officer (whether Army or RAF), you realistically need a lot more than just the basic academic qualifications of two A levels; the vast majority of officers have degrees nowadays and innate leadership potential and character are really more important. While I don't want to knock your confidence too much; judging solely by your post above, you also need to do a lot to improve your written english.

Good luck and try some of the RAF focused websites listed in the posts above.
In my experience there are many more non-grad direct-entry officers these days (along with more graduates in the ranks). As the RAF only recognises certain A-Levels and only grades A-C, I would fall short of the standard myself if it wasn't for the fact that I also have a degree (I believe they also recognise certain vocational quals in lieu of the 2 A-Levels as well).
 

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