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RAAF Flight Screening Programme

Old 7th Dec 2016, 23:33
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Congrats to Zulk, he's made it to where most of us are gunning for.
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Old 8th Dec 2016, 01:12
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Think tank

I'm happy to participate and help each other by sharing our own insight into aviation and life in the DF.

I could help to a limited basis, those wanting to know more about aviation before potentially going to FS.
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Old 8th Dec 2016, 20:37
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Since there are now a few posters who have shown interest, how do all of you want to go about organising the group? Emails? Whatsapp? Where is everyone from? I am based in Victoria.
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Old 9th Dec 2016, 05:03
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Originally Posted by Markdo View Post
Since there are now a few posters who have shown interest, how do all of you want to go about organising the group? Emails? Whatsapp? Where is everyone from? I am based in Victoria.
Group chat (Whatsapp) would be the ideal method.
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Old 9th Dec 2016, 06:36
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I like the idea of email. It'll likely be easiest for sharing any documents and access from different devices. I'm from South-east Queensland.
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Old 9th Dec 2016, 16:43
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Laser surgery

Hi all,

This thread is a goldmine of information and thanks to all for their contributions.

My question is whether or not aircrew applicants who have had LASIK eye surgery (as opposed to PRK or LASEK) are still disqualified from enlisting?

A page from DFR's 'Refractive Surgery Guide to Applicants' includes the comment that "LASIK is not an accepted procedure for Aircrew". I believe that document (copy attached) was created in 2012, but I don't know if things have changed since then. Both the USAF and RAF have changed their procedures to allow LASIK, but it isn't clear if the ADF have.

Back on page 159, FlyLowFlySlow posted a comment that: "the Aircrew Visual Requirements have just changed (this week in fact!) so this may work in your favour. I don't have a link or a copy of these new standards though unfortunately." It might be wishful thinking on my part, but I'm hoping these changes might lift the ban on LASIK (assuming it's still there).

I am at the early stages of the process, having completed my YOU session with the next stage being Additional Testing. It seems to me that the LASIK issue will be an effective showstopper for my application, no matter what preparation I undertake from here on in.

If anyone has any useful info on any of the above, I'd love to hear it.

Thanks you.
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Old 9th Dec 2016, 21:20
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JBay1,

The best info I could get in regards to LASIK for aircrew was this from DFR:

"Candidates applying for aircrew positions who have undergone LASIK may be acceptable”, “The specialist report must confirm that the candidate has undergone contrast sensitivity testing and must report the results. Contrast sensitivity can be undertaken with the Pelli-Robson chart or any other 5% contrast sensitivity chart used by the Ophthalmologist. Contrast testing and symptom discussion should not be undertaken until 3 months post surgery for myopia and 6 months post surgery for hypermetropia”.

“Candidates who do not meet the AVR standard are not to be advised to undergo surgery as a means of entry….Defence does not advocate surgery as a means of entry: undergoing surgery does not guarantee entry”.

Read into all that as you will, but be aware that LASIK may disqualify you for aircrew indefinitely. I have heard of some great results from PRK however.
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Old 10th Dec 2016, 12:17
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Laser Surgery

Hi FLFS

Thanks a million for your reply, all may not be a lost then. I had LASIK done a few years ago, so unfortunately there's nothing I can do to change that; back then I was oblivious to the ADF's position on it.

Thanks again.
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Old 11th Dec 2016, 03:33
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G'day,

I've completed my assessment day about six months ago and still haven't received a medical clearance. I've now been advised that this will be delayed to January, since they shut down for the Chirstmas period. However, if I do receive the medical clearance in January, that'll leave me with only about five months in the PSA pool.

I'm in a bit of a unique situation, where I need to appeal (or lodge a complaint if that's the word I may need to use) for my file to be kept at PSA for twelve months after medical clearance. What would be the correct way to do this?

Just to add a bit of clarity, I've done my assessment day thrice over five years and the specialist testing twice. I've never once failed a component and it's always the medicals that keep tripping me up in terms of the wait periods and the assessment day validity expiring in the meanwhile.
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Old 11th Dec 2016, 07:55
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Hi septerra,

I've asked a similar question except with regards to the YOU session and additional testing. The recruiting officer was firm on the fact that once the applicable time has elapsed for each component of screening, then that component must be completed again. He then told me that he knows of several cases where guys have had to redo their YOU session in the week before they signed up and went of to OTS since it was just over 3 years since they did their original YOU session.

However, no harm in asking and I hope you get a response that helps your situation.

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Old 12th Dec 2016, 06:06
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Hey guys,

I've just received an email from DFR informing me that I have secured a spot for FSP February 12 - 25. Definitely a pinch myself moment. Hope to see some of you there!

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Old 12th Dec 2016, 10:04
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Congrats ARJM!! How long was your wait between assessment day to notification for FSP? I know for a fact my file hasn't even gone to Tamworth yet but I remain quietly hopeful nonetheless!
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Old 12th Dec 2016, 21:49
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Thanks RachelJ. I did my assessment day on 8th of May this year but didnt get my medical finalised until around the end of July.
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Old 15th Dec 2016, 03:10
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For those who have completed flight screening in last few months, the final RAAF distribution from PSF to headquarters happened this week so offers from that should filter in early next year

Edit:

So the call this morning to say I've been distributed a few days ago made me post the above comment.

But just got a call this arvo to say I've got an advanced job offer for March 24 start!

Anyone else going in March 24 RAAF DEO?

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Old 15th Dec 2016, 04:22
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Hey Boltyy,

Congrats on your offer. I am also in for the 24th of March next year!

I'll pm you as well.

Congrats again
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Old 15th Dec 2016, 05:03
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Hi Boltyy and adbailey,

I also received an advanced offer today for DEO intake for March 24th!

It actually hasn't even sunk in yet! But will be seeing you there

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Old 15th Dec 2016, 21:49
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Has anyone that has been selected for RAAF DEO on 10 FEB / 24 MAR been given anything more than an "advanced offer" at this stage?
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Old 15th Dec 2016, 23:26
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The enlistment coordinator who rang me said they were finalising all the ADFA offers first as the ADFA guys needed to start in Jan. Once they'd finished them they would send out the full offers to the DEO guys
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Old 19th Dec 2016, 09:54
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FSP

Hey guys,

Long time reader and first time poster, but super excited to have found out that I'm officially heading off for Flight Screening on the 4th of Feb!

Was just wondering if anyone else was heading up then and would like to share some tips/advice or just get together before heading off (:

I would also be super keen to hear from anyone who has been up there recently and can give me some helpful tips!

(:

Thanks
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Old 22nd Dec 2016, 21:09
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Hey Casej44,

I went in August last year and the tips throughout this thread continue to apply.

There isn't anything specifically I can recommend for FSP except maybe getting in the air for a few hours prior to heading down, even if you're not the one in control (maybe especially if you're not). I had mild air sickness at the start but I knew it was probably coming so I was ready and knew my symptoms haha.

Also chair flying, as ridiculous as it may look, was immensely helpful.

Fly safe and merry Christmas!
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