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RAAF Flight Screening Programme

Old 21st Jun 2016, 08:00
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Just seeing if anyone has had the call to go to flight screening recently and when you did your assessment day. I did mine about 6 weeks ago and haven't heard anything.
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Old 21st Jun 2016, 08:44
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Hi everyone, first of all thanks for the fantastic info that's on here.
ARJM, I got the call to go to flight screening about 2 weeks ago, so excited! I did my assessment day in February but my file got held up for a while due to medical. Notified class 1 now so that's great.
I'll be on the 9-23 July FSP, so if anyone else is on that course, feel free to contact me.
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Old 21st Jun 2016, 23:53
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Nice one Kai! Hopefully mine isn't too far off
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Old 4th Jul 2016, 23:32
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ARJM, be sure to check with your DFR rep to make sure your file has been sent. My rep took well over two months to send mine I later found out.
However, I got the call up to the FSP for July 31st! If anyone else is on a similar course drop me a line.
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Old 4th Jul 2016, 23:57
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G'day everyone,

Got back from FSP on Saturday with a high recommendation and in the eyes of the OSB they deem me as 'very very competitive' which I'm absolutely stoked about. Hard work seriously pays off!

The whole 2 weeks is ridiculous fun and a pretty good insight into your future. If anyone has received an offer for August OTS then let us know! Hopefully I will get on the Feb course.

Good luck all,
machzero

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Old 5th Jul 2016, 09:09
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gratz mac.

I'm in the same position as you.

The advice I got from Tamworth was that the August intake has been filled for months. However that info hasn't trickled through to DFR - hence why there some confusion at the moment.

Did they provide you any information on when you're likely to be called (distribution dates) and number of positions for OTS in Feb?
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Old 6th Jul 2016, 01:03
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Hey JB,

No info from anyone about course dates or positions available. To be honest I don't think knowing will even help. At this point we have done all we can and now it's up to them.

Forgot to mention that on our course we sat down on the first night and said that we wanted to get everyone recommended. And that's exactly what we did. All 9 of us were recommended. 3 of us got highly recommended, 4 medium to low and 2 sitting in the middle.
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Old 8th Jul 2016, 01:32
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Hi all,

Long time observer, first time poster.

So good to see the progress a lot of people are making, hang in there to those lost in the limbo between stages! I've heard turn around times from assessment to FSP as short as a month to 9 months depending on medical and how tidy DFR is with your file.

I just found out this week I'm on the FSP course in early August so I'm pumped to go!

It's good to hear the approach your course took Mach; the contact I spoke to at FSP was mildly scathing of some courses on their preparation while at FSP so it sounds like you got it right!

If anyone else on here is preparing to go down in the upcoming FSP courses shoot me an email if you want to bounce ideas or concerns!

Fly safe!
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Old 8th Jul 2016, 08:16
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Hi Machzero,

Congratulations on your high recommendation. Are you able to give us a little bit of insight as to what it was that separated yourself to the people that got a lower recommendation. I know you wont be able to go into too much detail bit anything will be very much appreciated. Cheers
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Old 10th Jul 2016, 03:19
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Got an offer

G'day everyone.
This post has been a few weeks coming but I have been flat out with current work. After attending FSP back in May and receiving a high recommendation, I have received my letter of offer on the 20th of June for the August course and am enlisting on the 29th of July, along with two others from my FSP course.

Thanks again everyone for your help and advice from previous posts and I look forward to reading many of you being succesful with the January intake.

Regards
Wazza
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Old 10th Jul 2016, 23:15
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ARJM,

Thanks mate!
It's hard for me to say because I didn't feel that I was doing better than anyone else. In terms of the flying; I found out in my OSB that they feel I have a natural flying ability and 'good hands and feet' which I think helped a lot with the flying side of things. With the OSB and Officer side, it sounds cliche but just be yourself, because that's the person they want to give a job. I spoke to a lot of the BFTS students while I was in Tamworth and just observing how they interact, it isn't hard to tell that there is definitely a 'mould' that everyone fits (everyone is pretty like minded in terms of personalities, humour etc). I definitely think that is a large part of what they screen for in Tamworth, whether you fit that mould or not. If you've gotten to FSP it means you've been doing everything right so far. Keep that up and be yourself because they like what they see.

Last bit of advice: work your ass off. You will reap the rewards in your OSB when you hear the Board President say 'Congratulations, we're going to highly recommend you'.

Congratulations Wazza! That's seriously awesome news mate. What service? You must be absolutely stoked with that result. Can't wait to get an offer myself.

All the best,
machzero
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Old 10th Jul 2016, 23:32
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Congrats guys, you must be stoked! Pretty sound advice machzero, thanks.

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Old 11th Jul 2016, 04:24
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Thanks Machzero, I am over the moon. The offer was with the RAAF, so heading down to freeze my nuts off down at east sale.
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Old 15th Jul 2016, 04:42
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Adding to what machzero said:

With regards to personalities they're looking for I can't really answer the specifics of it but you'll notice it when you're there. Those of us who weren't low recommended seemed similar in many ways but different in others, same as quite a few of the BFTS guys I spoke to, so while machzero is right there is a mould to some degree there is some play for differences.

The two weeks does allow them a pretty good insight into who you are, especially under stress so it's hard to fake who you are to meet some idea of what they're looking for, you'll revert to type at some point and it will be picked up. Obviously you have to take with a grain of salt whatever anyone says after their result but one lad did come out and mentioned something we'd all picked up on was brought up by the board. Given the amount of time in the group interviews and the board they'd definitely managed to pick it up well before that. So like they said make sure you are yourself, they're going to find it anyway. There really isn't much to do once you're there, you've either done what you need to for personal development or you've not, try not to worry about that just take the time to enjoy it.

It took me 3 years but I finally got a recommendation.
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Old 15th Jul 2016, 12:44
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Hi guys,

First time poster here and I congratulate those who received recommendations and thank you for being willing to serve your country.

I think this warranted a new post.

So after passing the YOU day, failing specialist testing, then failing the YOU then going to Uni graduating I resat my YOU day and smashed it. I then sat specialist testing but failed gauge reading. After highlighting the officer attributes I got given a waiver and am through to assessment day. The waiver was conditional on me obtaining recency with my PPL, the logic being if you can fly a plane that is evidence you can read gauges.

My questions are.
1. How do you think a waiver effects my application
2. How do I prepare to smash this assessment day.

I know there are post about assessment day but situation is a bit specific.
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Old 17th Jul 2016, 20:34
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Hi harrybass - congrats on your progress thus far. I would say, if you're though so far, you're through and your "waiver" should not affect your progress. If they're considering you with obtaining your recency on PPL (which the ADF normally don't care about) then they think you're a good candidate who had a "brain fart" when it came to their "gauge test". So, put it in the past and move ahead!! I have no idea what the assessment day entails, it was too long ago... Best of luck!
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Old 17th Jul 2016, 23:37
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recency on PPL (which the ADF normally don't care about)
Very ancient history now, Joe but back in 1977 the Selection Board told me that if I demonstrated my ability to study by doing my PPL Theory subjects, they'd accept me for the following DE course. (I was four years out of school at that point.)

(Fortunately for one of the guys currently going through 2OCU, I took a different path. If I'd taken up the Board's offer, I'd have never met his mother. )
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Old 18th Jul 2016, 06:32
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Yes, should have been a little clearer in my comment - the ADF is always interested in you demonstrating an interest and showing motivation - such as pursuing your PPL. However, what I was referring to was the fact that in this case, they appear to be overruling one of their standard tests on the basis of a candidate's PPL recency, something I hadn't heard of before. Which tends to happen more and more now...
All the best to your offspring at 2OCU - that's an amazing achievement!!
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Old 18th Jul 2016, 07:14
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He must have had great instructors.
I could never teach him anything.
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Old 20th Jul 2016, 13:34
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I was just so shocked that I managed to get through. The initial lady who told me I failed gauge reading repeatedly told me that I was unable to go through. I then asked to speak to the head psychologist making the decisions. He must have seen my determination and given me the waiver.

I have 2 degree, a science and an arts degree. Science degree is in Biochem and psychology and arts is in English. Heaps of leadership experience, Mcdonald's crew training, Air Force Cadets, current leadership position at work. I suppose He valued this more than the few marks I was off in gauge reading.

He also said that the fact I did not have second or third preferences was a motivational risk. He said applicants should want to join as an officer no matter what. Officer first, pilot second.

My last flight with my ppl in command was Anzac day, so recency is not even a real issue.

It may seem cheesy but how do you answer "why do you want to join the ADF?" without sound super patriotic or super cliche?
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