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As the title suggests I'm seriously considering applying to join the RAF.

I am now 24 and working in IT which is ok but it bores the life out of me and realistically I haven't got the motivation or enthusiasm to push forward in this field beyond where I am currently!

I did do an apprenticeship in aircraft maintainence (general, not mech or avionics specialised) but it didn't get me anywhere due to lack of funding and numerous other factors.

This ended when I was 20 or possibly 21.. It left me in a position where I'd passed all the CAA cat A license exams but without the experience on live aircraft I couldn't get my license and start work!

At the time this apprenticeship finished I almost went for it and applied for the RAF but wimped out because of one thing or other!

I'm now regretting that and thinking I should go for it, probably now applying for avionics.. but I've heard it's now near impossible to get in unless your a university graduate or already a professional?

Anyone who has experience and knowledge to advise me I would very much appreciate it....

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@baderlfc

I've recently had a long heart to heart with my boy ( 19 )
who wants to do something that he is passionate about
as opposed to what he is currently doing ( bored stiff )
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I'll tell you ...sorry, advise you, the same as I told him.
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Take every chance that comes your way while you're young -
and give it your best crack
or you WILL regret it in later life - missed opportunities etc etc
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Best of Luck mate:thumbsup

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I'm now regretting that and thinking I should go for it, probably now applying for avionics.. but I've heard it's now near impossible to get in unless your a university graduate or already a professional?
Thats is not true. The vast majority of avionic techs are not Uni grads. Engineering Officers are all Uni grads; we do not work on the kit, but focus on the management side of life.
 

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I think I may book an appointment to have an informal chat with someone at the recruit office and see what I think..
 

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To be an RAF tradesman like me you don't need to have any degrees, all you need usually for the engineering trades is a grade 'C' in Maths, English and science! You also need to be physically fit and not have any medical conditions, even a heart murmur will stop your application dead!
You also need to be aware that the trade that you wish to join may be oversubscribed, and therefore unavailable, but thre are other technical trades, but bear in mind that currently there are several tranches of redundancies taking place across all 3 branches of the military, so recruitment for any trade may be slow at the moment! But nonetheless, I highly recommend that you go for it as its a great life and the money is fairly good!
Good luck!
 
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To be an RAF tradesman like me you don't need to have any degrees, all you need usually for the engineering trades is a grade 'C' in Maths, English and science! You also need to be physically fit and not have any medical conditions, even a heart murmur will stop your application dead!
You also need to be aware that the trade that you wish to join may be oversubscribed, and therefore unavailable, but thre are other technical trades, but bear in mind that currently there are several tranches of redundancies taking place across all 3 branches of the military, so recruitment for any trade may be slow at the moment! But nonetheless, I highly recommend that you go for it as its a great life and the money is fairly good!
Good luck!
this is true,

im currently Back at RAF Cosford doing my phase 3 mech AV course, its been hard but worth it, and as for the 3 a-c's not necessarily needed i only had 1, and because i did well on my test at the careers office they offered me the place, take your chance mate, its fun, just be wary of the shitty wage for the first 11 weeks, but it does get better :D
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I would be taking a significant pay drop, but I figure in the long run it would pay off..?

It says on the RAF site that avionics or mech for aircraft tech is something like £17k after training.. surely it doesn't stay that low???

A basic fitter earns £25k plus in the commercial aviation industry..
 

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It all depends on rank and time served, the military has an experience based pay system, each rank has pay levels each year you go up a level until you get to the top level in which case you won't get any higher pay unless you get promoted, it's a simple system and works fairly well. I have been in 16 years and I get around £33,000 which I can't complain about, I'm not avionics, I'm an Armourer, but the pay scales are the same for these trades.
 
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Thanks mate, good to know!

I'd be happy with £33k :D ... Plus I know a few people who've come out of the RAF and done crossover exams then walked into £30k+ jobs working in commercial aviation :thumbsup
 

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I'm also ex services and the opportunities presented by all three services extend way beyond just the pay grade and far exceed the limits you will get working for a civilian company. Advancement and training is also much better and with promotion you'll learn leadership and management skills far better than you would outside the forces

A bit of a wild card maybe but have you considered the Fleet Air Arm too? No fixed wing aircraft to work on with the premature (and foolish) retiring of the Harrier but that will change, arguably the travel prospects are better too.
 

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I know what you mean Vista, it's why I'm thinking about it again.
 

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From a young age to young adulthood all I dreamed of doing was flying fast jets in the RAF. While I oo'd and ah'd over it I started on my PPL privately at great expense. In the end I followed the IT route as I found the hardest thing to do was travel around the world and being away from home for long stretches of time. Sounds soft I know, but despite years of desire in the end I decided I couldn't do my dream job for practical reasons. Tbh mate, if you really want to get into the RAF go for it, dive right in and do what you want to do - don't keep finding excuses that you may regret later like me!


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Tornado is still my favourite military aircraft. Eurofighter is sexy an all but I grew up getting boners at how the Tornado looked and performed. Still do, I've got one now, a whole 2" of woot woot :rofl :rofl :rofl
 

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Another vote for the RAF from me too! I was an avionics tech for 23 years and don't regret a single day (I left a couple of years ago). As you've worked in IT for a while you might find the first year or so a bit frustrating but once you've got over that you should fly (pardon the pun!)

Go and have a chat at the careers office and see what's available at the mo. Happy to give you an opinion on what they offer. Send a pm if you don't want to discuss on an open forum.
 

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just so your aware the armed forces pension scheme is due to change in 2015 and no one knows yet how bad its gonna be affected! just thought i'd throw that in there as i know when i joined that was one of the biggest selling points to me (a good pension)
i'm not in the RAF and dont fly planes but i do get thrown out of them every now and then! (although i have had a go in a herc and flew a mi17 heli! and a good military saying is civies would pay thousands to do that! lol)
 

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... when you're doing a tandem dive for the first time the instructor shouldn't shout on the way down "So how long have you been an instructor?" :rofl :rofl :rofl
 
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