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#1 Post by sarah_j »

Hi everyone,

I have my P2 presentation on the 23rd, its over a week away and I'm already nervous! Is it something I should be anxious about? I heard its quite straight forward. Just wondering, what kind of time period is it between this and the interview at AFCO, and if all went well and I did get to OASC what kind of waiting time is that before you would get called forward?

Sorry for all the q's, its just i'm currently in my last year of sixth form and a law and criminology degree is my back up if i didnt get accepted by the raf. Ideally i'd want to join the RAF straight after college. I've still applied to uni and got conditional offers, but i think they would need to know if i was taking up a place by july, so hence why it'd be good if i knew where i was in terms of the raf by then :)

But saying that, if i did get to go to OASC then the more time i had to prepare the better. Sorry if what ive written is confusing, it made sense in my head :o :D

Any comments would be greatly appreciated,
thanks,

Sarah

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#2 Post by djdenyer »

Hi,

I'm goin for aircrew and passed everyhting so far, it's gone like this:

First AFCO visit 22nd August
AFCO Presentation 21st Sep
AFCO Filter Interview 23rd Oct
OASC Date 27th Feb.

Obviously yours may be different but it does give a good indication and what time length you may face. By the way time does fly, for me the process has gone really quick.

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#3 Post by jE^_^ »

From the time you have this presentation your looking at at least 7 months minimum. Its taken me 6 months so far all i have had is 1 interview and they say its going to take 6 more months before i go to selection.... (* you will get an interview about 1 month after the presentation) they tell you everything you need to know, then after you fill your forms in and get them back the quicker your interview will be)

Very slow process, however if you stick with it and keep intrested time will fly!

As for the degree side of things, PLEASE do not do what i did! i ditched Uni for the RAF ... keep both sides open! apply to Uni as you would normally, you never know something could pop up and make you uneligable for the RAF.

At your OASC they ask you questions on the DVD you was provided, about the sort of things you will endure during your training, and of course they show you pictures of planes and ask you what they are... its fairly easy not tricks just pure information for you.

Hope i helped and good luck.

J
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#4 Post by sarah_j »

Thanks for the advice, wow I really didnt image it to be such a slow process, this could prove tricky come august and deciding if i want to take up any of the uni places. Well guess there's not that much more that i can do at the minute, just try and book my interview after P2 a.s.a.p. Just wondering, in the initial interview is there a lot on current affairs? And any afvice on where's good to get info? I'm reading The Week and RAF News at the moment.

Thanks again

Sarah

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#5 Post by Hyperlithe »

Your interview at OASC lasts 20 mins approx. and will be with 2 people. The first will ask you all about the stuff you put down on your form, so make sure you know all the dates you wrote down! They'll ask about hobbies and interests, your family, any community or charity work you do, all the easy stuff.
The next guy will ask you what you know about the RAF, where we're based, what aircraft we've got going out and coming in, what Operations we're involved in at the moment. Then he'll go onto current affairs. You need to have in your head maybe 3 international and 3 domestic news items, things that have happened in the 12 months prior to your interview. If you want to stand out, pick up a few things other than Iraq. Yes it's relevant, but eveyone else will probably talk about it, so say that, and then move onto something else.

Everybody gets hung up on the current affairs part of the interview. It only lasts 5 minutes!
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#6 Post by larry182 »

you had it easy then. When i was there every1s interview lasted around 45 mins and they expected an in depth knowledge of your current affairs. You dont get to choose either, you mention them and they then ask you questions on a couple of your topics in more detail. Be wary that they will pull faces and make you feel that what your saying is a load of shite, they do it to see how you react stand by your guns dont start to question yourself!

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#7 Post by Hyperlithe »

Must have been a lot less people on your OASC then... We lost 19 at the first cut, all blokes, and nearly all wannabe pilots.
The most important thing is not to stress about it. Get in the bar, socialise, have a couple of drinks in the evening. Most of the people that got binned had spent the evenings sitting in their rooms by themselves trying to stuff news stories and RAF info into their heads.
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#8 Post by rawli »

I'd agree with Hyper. There were 9 people who passed my board and we were the only people who just chilled out the night before the interviews.
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