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Old 17th November 2018, 19:02
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Default Going to an open day for RAF

On Weds 28th November my mum is visiting me , and we are attending an open day for those interested in joining the RAF reserves.

Im thinking of doing this, as my confidence has increased , and I would like to try new challenges. Bit of a long shot but does anyone here have any experience of doing something like this? How did it go?
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Old 17th November 2018, 20:58
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Edit: Sorry, after all what I've written below I realised you are talking about RAF reserves. I was joining RAF full time but I'll keep the below just in case it's of interest.

Yes I did this about 8 years ago. I went to an RAF recruitment centre several times and went through the interview process there. I got in and went to the interview process in another part of the country (specific to the job I was applying for). I was successful and offered the job. I then went to a 2 day pre-training tester at RAF Halton about 8 weeks before my 9 week military training at RAF Halton (which all people do unless you're training to become an officer) would have started. I then would have gone onto job specific training after that.

I stopped after the 2 day RAF Halton training. Actually, nothing to do with SA. Nothing consciously to do with that anyway. I really enjoyed the process and the time at RAF Halton and was very enthusiastic about it.

The issue that caused me to stop was committing to 8 years in the RAF. When push came to shove I just couldn't commit that length of time back then. I was worried I would want to leave and couldn't.

So that issue may not be one for you. Also, I know things changed quite soon after I was going through recruitment. For example, some jobs with age cut offs increased quite a bit. I think it's because they needed to encourage more people into the military. So the service length may have changed too. I guess a lot has changed.

I wish you the best of luck because it's a great career you could be going into there. Especially with someone with SA. The structure and oppportunities you will get may help a lot with any anxiety and confidence issues you have.

What role are you applying for?
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Old 18th November 2018, 08:13
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I really don't know which role at the moment. I'm just going along to find out more. I think it would certainly be a worthwhile thing to do, and I feel as though my life is stagnating at the moment. I'm a professional person, in a career which I never really enjoyed.
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Old 18th November 2018, 10:00
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Good luck for the 28th.
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Old 19th November 2018, 22:42
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I really would love to be in the Army but my mental illnesses preclude me for entry on the medical.
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Old 20th November 2018, 13:12
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Sunset you are totally going to end up saying things like "the hard deck on this hop is ten thousand feet".

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Old 1st December 2018, 17:30
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Just wanted to report back about my afternoon at RAF Northolt.

I went with mum , and it was a very informative and enjoyable day! Everyone was really friendly and we chatted to people about their reasons for wanting to join the reserves etc.

I came away with a positive impression, and a feeling that it is something that I really want to do. I work in the NHS, so , I'm told this is compatible with being a reserve.

The commitment is 27 days a year.

I think the experience would be worthwhile, and may change me for the better. I do have some concerns....I would not want to be sent to another country, and to have to leave my boyfriend and mum, and I don't know how real, or remote that possibility is.
You also need to sign up for a minimum of 12 years.

They did mention you need Maths and English GCSE. I have English but not Maths, although I do have a degree!!
I need talk this through with them , because I have no intention of resitting a Maths GCSE

For now, I have decided to go to the next stage which involves an aptitude test. This will be some time in January.
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