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Lukeafb1
22nd May 2014, 10:45
I apologise if this subject has already been aired.

Last week, out of the blue, I received a personal email from the RAF Recruitment Section. I was told that 'they' had reviewed my CV (its on the web) and that I had all of the right qualifications and experience to become an Engineering Officer and what a wonderful life I would have.

There is only one tiny fly in the ointment. I left the RAF (as an Engineering Officer) 41 years ago at the age of 30. I'm now 71 (tomorrow, as it happens). Do you think I should send for the information pack??? :cool:

Seldomfitforpurpose
22nd May 2014, 10:48
If you do then make sure you pick a decent job next time round :p

alisoncc
22nd May 2014, 10:51
Happy Birthday for tomorrow. Did the Recruitment Office say what they wanted you for? It could be as a target for target practise. :p

BOAC
22nd May 2014, 10:57
An admirable piece of 'research' work by someone (who is, of course, being paid for their efforts....).

'Appy birday from me too!

MagnusP
22nd May 2014, 11:06
That explains "Military Intelligence", then.

Enjoy your day!

tony draper
22nd May 2014, 11:10
Same here,they are reestablishing the Wet Work Dept and wished to reactive me, had to tell em the years had not been kind as I now have arthritis in me strangling hand.
:uhoh:

Limeygal
22nd May 2014, 11:35
Sounds like those crabs need help. Have a wonderful day tomorrow Prootie. We've missed you on MC! :)

Lukeafb1
22nd May 2014, 12:08
Hi Limeygal,

Doesn't seem to have been much activity on MC recently.

I've got to have some unsuspecting schmuck to abuse!!

Luke.

Limeygal
22nd May 2014, 12:39
I'll see if I can lure someone in! :)

Capetonian
22nd May 2014, 12:52
Happy Birthday from a fellow Gemini.

Are you sure it's not a scam? I get crap like that supposedly from LinkedIn (where I have an account which is not under my real name) and Faecesbook where I don't have an account, as well as various 'recruitment' sites I've never heard of.

ShyTorque
22nd May 2014, 13:01
Do you think I should send for the information pack???

Too good an opportunity to miss :E

A few years ago they tried to tempt me back as a high readiness reserve pilot. The offer was that they would pay me about 40 a day. I would have to attend at least once a month.

I pointed out that it wasn't really viable because I had emigrated to the far east and a return air ticket was 1200 each time, so it would cost me 14,400 a year just to get back to UK. Their reply was that they would pay my motor mileage from Luton Airport (although I would have to hire the car at my own expense...). :rolleyes:

Krystal n chips
22nd May 2014, 18:43
A few years ago, when there was a recruitment drive for Reservists, a friend of mine, HGV driver by occupation, received a letter which showed how "less than perceptive" the recruiters were towards their target market.

On the outside addressed to : " Mr xxxxxxx. P

On the inside, commencing with: " Airman" ....followed by the usual service writing bolleaux as to how to address an airman in the form of almost a direct order....always a good way to attract and address a, erm, civilian.

His reply was written accordingly......

Windy Militant
22nd May 2014, 19:15
I heard there was a shortage of Eng Officers didn't realise it was that bad!:}

Happy Birffday!

ricardian
22nd May 2014, 19:43
Krystal n chips said A few years ago, when there was a recruitment drive for Reservists, a friend of mine, HGV driver by occupation, received a letter which showed how "less than perceptive" the recruiters were towards their target market. On the outside addressed to : " Mr xxxxxxx. On the inside, commencing with: " Airman" ....followed by the usual service writing bolleaux as to how to address an airman in the form of almost a direct order....always a good way to attract and address a, erm, civilian.

When I got to my first RAF station (Driffield) in 1961 after Boy Entrant training there were still a lot of National Service chaps. There was a drive to encourage them to sign as "regulars". One chap, SAC Smith, received a letter from the staish, GpCapt Frogley, a day or so before his demob. It opened with "Dear Smith". His reply began with "Dear Frogley" and invited him perform an anatomically impossible feat.

TomJoad
22nd May 2014, 19:45
Did they say they were going to put you through RAFC Cranwell again - at 71 you'd hope you would be let off doing the Boss' Tea Party !

So when you starting Fg Off Lukeafb.:)

con-pilot
22nd May 2014, 19:52
Personally, I'd grab a suitecase, go to the nearest RAF Station, papers in hand and when you get to the gate, ask them where they want you to go.

Then go to the Officer's Mess/Club and drink beer while they figure it out. :E

And Happy Brithday by the way, I'll catch up in four years. :ok:

Lukeafb1
22nd May 2014, 20:12
Tomjoad,

You want me to take a demotion to go back in??? :(

Tankertrashnav
22nd May 2014, 23:20
Personally, I'd grab a suitecase, go to the nearest RAF Station, papers in hand and when you get to the gate, ask them where they want you to go.

Then go to the Officer's Mess/Club and drink beer while they figure it out. :E

Unfortunately, in our brave new RAF that wouldn't work, con

I was chatting to a retired Group Captain at a recent reunion. He tried to arrange a reunion dinner at the station he was commanding when he retired - he still lives in the local area. He had drummed up interest from a couple of dozen guys in the area, booked the mess, and the plan was a coach would pick them all up, take them to the officers' mess and take them home later, so drinking wouldn't be a problem.

The plan foundered when the admin people said they wouldn't allow a former station commander to vouch for his guests, and on arrival they would all have to individually check in at the guardroom with ID and be issued with separate temporary passes.

He told them to forget the whole thing!

TomJoad
23rd May 2014, 00:35
Tomjoad,

You want me to take a demotion to go back in??? :(

Lukeafb1 absolutely, Fg Off is the best commissioned rank in the RAF (used to be Act Plt Off but they got rid of that) - no responsibility and all the potential to screw something up big time and get away with it - although at 71 you'd be hard pressed to play lack of experience card.:ok:

rh200
23rd May 2014, 00:41
There is only one tiny fly in the ointment. I left the RAF (as an Engineering Officer) 41 years ago at the age of 30. I'm now 71 (tomorrow, as it happens). Do you think I should send for the information pack???

They haven't just put the retirement age up, like they have over here? You should ask for an interview and show up, just to see the looks on their faces:p

Worrals in the wilds
23rd May 2014, 00:49
I know of a few Australian Army reservists (specialist officers) who are well over sixty, so maybe they're serious...:} Ring them up and ask them to send the details of the over seventies fitness assessment so you can start training. :E

Oh, and happy birthday!

ExSp33db1rd
23rd May 2014, 01:56
That explains "Military Intelligence", then.

Military Intelligence ? Oxymoron ?

acbus1
23rd May 2014, 08:47
This thread must be the most subtle attempt to attract birthday well-wishers that I've ever experienced on PPRuNe.

;)

tony draper
23rd May 2014, 18:51
Nah, tother week mine was much better.:rolleyes:
Well that's it, the fat lady has sang, the man with the whistle on the dock will be blowing and shouting come in your times up,Psalm 90:10

airship
23rd May 2014, 19:17
Lukeafb1, HAPPY BIRTHDAY!

BTW, what did you do after leaving the RAF 41 years ago aged 30 which would make it about 1973? Coincidentally, this "semi-official" US Navy recruiting video came-out a few years later:

Village People - In the Navy OFFICIAL Music Video 1978 - YouTube

Just that a few months back, I remember reading here in JB about someone's son (possibly brickhistory's or westcoast's), who had decided not to follow their dad's footsteps' into the US Marines, having instead decided to enlist in the US Navy. A decision which was respected, if not whole-heartedly...

But now you have the chance, how does one go about following in one's own footsteps'...?! And are you still capable of bending over far enough, getting into those tight spaces for servicing purposes?! ;) :confused:

alisoncc
23rd May 2014, 23:33
And are you still capable of bending over far enough, getting into those tight spaces for servicing purposes?! ;) :confused:

Poo. Since when did an Eng Officer get his/her hands dirty? They just stand back and order the erks to crawl into the tight corners. :rolleyes:

A A Gruntpuddock
23rd May 2014, 23:49
Another one in the same situation?

Marine jailed in Mexico receives order to report to USMC superiors | Fox News (http://www.foxnews.com/us/2014/05/21/marine-held-in-mexico-receives-order-to-report-to-usmc-superiors/)

What are they going to do when he fails to report?

acbus1
24th May 2014, 10:15
And are you still capable of bending over far enough, getting into those tight spaces for servicing purposes?!
My one track mind didn't quite picture:
They just stand back and order the erks to crawl into the tight corners.
My picture would be deleted. ;)

teeteringhead
24th May 2014, 14:58
They haven't just put the retirement age up, like they have over here? Actually they have - but not quite that far.

It's going to be 60 for lots of people in the future - see the NEM (New Employment Model) thread on the Mil forum if you're interested ......:ok:

acbus1
24th May 2014, 20:16
It's going to be 60 for lots of people in the future
Yes, there are indeed lots of people in the Public Sector. That's why the UK is so heavily in debt and taxes are high.

The Private Sector 'lots of people' can jolly well work until they drop. :rolleyes:

Lukeafb1
25th May 2014, 22:30
Just got back from London. Mrs Luke treated me to the new 'Miss Saigon' musical. If you saw the original one 25 years ago, this version was somewhat disappointing.

Alisoncc,

I'll have you know, that I did once change a Canberra 3 tank almost on my own in Salalah! And anyone who has ever changed a 3 tank knows what a pig that is.

Airship,

Eventually became an aviation Risk Consultant after many years in the media. :)

alisoncc
26th May 2014, 01:09
I am proud of you Lukeafb1, and that's coming from someone who spent many hours with feet dangling over the edge of a cockpit, head between the rudder pedals whilst groping up behind instrument panels, and wondering what kind of mess one would be in if the bang seat did. The ever-present pungent smell of urine does little for one's respect for the guys who flew them. Revolting creatures.

Ancient Observer
26th May 2014, 12:52
Had some one been taking the p***??

alisoncc
27th May 2014, 02:08
Might have been better if they had, rather than leave it. :(

visibility3miles
27th May 2014, 02:39
It is a c0ckpit after all...

acbus1
27th May 2014, 10:20
There are no public toilets at 35000ft (give or take 34999.9999 ft in this case).