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OFFICER and AIRCREW 'CANDIDATES' PLEASE READ THIS THREAD FIRST!

Old 17th Jun 2010, 21:00
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i've been getting into the running more recently and have got the 1.5mile down to 8MINUTES 54seconds, which i'm astonished at cycling daily is helping too

and homework at night, it drives the girlfriend crazy but i know it'll be worth it
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Old 17th Jun 2010, 21:36
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have got the 1.5mile down to 8.54seconds
You should be in the Olympics. That is quicker than the current 100m best.
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Old 17th Jun 2010, 22:03
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Originally Posted by Chrisdaman View Post
drives the girlfriend crazy but i know it'll be worth it
Always a good interview question but now it may not be PC to ask about a girlfriend as you may have a ............
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Old 17th Jun 2010, 23:04
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i've been getting into the running more recently and have got the 1.5mile down to 8.54seconds, which i'm astonished at
You and the rest of the world too I hope the Team GB Olympics selectors have got you on their list
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Old 19th Jun 2010, 10:25
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Good skills Chris

Now try another OASC exercise

Speed = Distance / Time

S = 1.5 miles / 8.54 seconds

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Old 19th Jun 2010, 10:37
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Sub 9min for your 1.5mile eh? Very good.

I thought I was doing well with just under 10min 30 sec for a 1.5mile which would just see me pass the physical test for my age group.
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Old 19th Jun 2010, 11:53
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Sub 9min for your 1.5mile eh? Very good.
No - sub 9 seconds! That's a little better than "Very good"!!
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Old 19th Jun 2010, 15:40
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Chaps,

I was just wondering if anyone knows whether the RAF would accept an Advanced Diploma instead of 3 seperate A levels for Officer Aircrew.

Basically I've been offered a placement to study Mechanical Engineering at a local college and if successfully completed the diploma is equiv. to 3 full A Levels.

So does anyone know if this is true and is it a good qualification to do?

Thanks

NDW
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Old 19th Jun 2010, 15:58
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NDW, this is a rumour network. Ask your AFCO. When they say no write to Cranwell.
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Old 22nd Jun 2010, 18:47
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right well obviously i'm not faster than usain bolt

been riding 10miles each day up and down hills to help the legs and the obvious cardio gains for the running, followed by the press-ups and sit-ups
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Old 28th Jun 2010, 08:45
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OASC Bulletin 16

In the last bulletin, John had completed his medical examination and was declared provisionally medically fit to serve as a pilot. However, he fully understood that he would still need to wait for the results of his electrocardiogram, his blood test and receive confirmation that there was nothing out of the ordinary on his GP records before he would be given a full medical clearance to serve in the RAF. Despite knowing that this process would take a few weeks, John prepared himself for his interview.


John returned to Medical Reception feeling quite relieved about the result so far regarding his medical fitness. However, he couldnít relax because he knew his interview was due any minute. After a short wait, one of the 2 officers who would interview him entered Medical Reception and called Johnís name. John walked over to the interviewing officer and introduced himself. After pleasantries were exchanged, they both started to walk towards the interview room. On the way, the interviewing officer explained that the interview would be split into 2 parts and would last approximately 45 minutes in total. The first part would focus on Johnís life to date and the second part would focus on his motivation for joining the RAF, his knowledge of the Service and his chosen branch. The interviewing officer also mentioned that the 45 minutes would pass extremely quickly and that, because there was a lot of ground to cover, John should not worry if the interviewers cut him off in order to move on if they had enough information. Additionally, he mentioned that if John was not able to answer a question, he should say so straight away rather than try to make a guess and waste time. As they approached the interview room John was asked how he was feeling and whether he had any questions before commencing the interview. Although he was feeling slightly nervous, John wanted to get started.

John walked into the interview room where he was greeted by the second interviewing officer who started to ask the Part 1 questions. He probed Johnís life inside and outside of school between the ages of 11-18 years, followed by what he had been doing since he had left school. John endeavoured to relax and appear calm, and spoke clearly and concisely. There was one question that he didnít quite understand, so he asked them to repeat it before giving his answer. John tried hard to sell himself, giving clear and brief evidence and dates of the times that he had held positions of responsibility, what differences he had made in various situations and his levels of involvement within the various team activities that he had participated in. Before he knew it, Part 1 was complete and the other interviewer took over.

The interviewing officer then asked John questions about why he wanted to join the RAF and specifically why he wanted to be a pilot. John gave very clear answers to these questions, including reasons why he had considered, but decided against, applying to the other Armed Services. Then John was questioned on his knowledge of the training he would undertake if successful at the OASC, from Initial Officer Training through to him becoming a front line pilot. He answered in as much detail as possible. Next, he was probed on his knowledge of the RAF and air power, what operations the Service was currently involved in, what roles it undertook and how they fitted into the bigger NATO picture. John had researched this area very thoroughly through speaking to various people on visits to stations, by looking at the RAF website and keeping an eye on the newspapers. Next, he would be questioned on current affairs; this was the part that John dreaded the most. However, he maintained a clear head and announced a variety of global and national topics that had caught his eye over the last year of research. The Interviewing officer then chose 2 of these issues to discuss, one global and one national, to see what John knew about them and what opinions he had. A couple of rounding off questions and the interview was over. The 45 minutes went past very quickly as promised.

John then returned to Medical Reception again, feeling quite pleased with his performance, and waited until he was called forward for his selection fitness test.

Next week, we will follow John through his fitness test.

For more information regarding any of these areas highlighted, please contact your AFCO and they will be able to give you more detailed information regarding specific cases.

Please note that, although OASC will endeavour to answer generic questions that arise, we will not be engaging or commenting on individual cases. In those cases, the individual is advised to contact their nearest AFCO who will be able to deal with any queries. All information published is for information only.

Information regarding a career in the RAF can be found at http://www.raf.mod.uk/careers
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Old 29th Jun 2010, 11:12
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NATO & the UN

Hi, I just a few questions about the RAF as i am applying in a couple of weeks.
- First of all, does anyone have a sound description of the RAF's role within NATO?
- And the RAF's role within the UN? I have gathered together information about both but some of it isn't very clear.

Im up to date with more or less everything else, so if anyone could answer these questions it would be a great help!!
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Old 29th Jun 2010, 22:21
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Reading lists

Whilst a long time out of OASC and out of touch with what Sleaford Tech are teaching, you might also want to consider some other books that might give you a broader outlook to operations. Like it or not, airpower is rarely going to be employed in pure air roles for its own sake for the foreseeable future, so you may as well start reading up early on the broader tenets of COIN and possible theories on how military power is shaping up.

The Accidental Guerrilla - David Kilcullen

Understanding Modern Warfare - David Jordan et al

Airpower in Small Wars: Fighting Insurgents and Terrorists - James Corrum

Also the Air Warfare Centre have cobbled together their own booklet (largely cribbed from the US Army / Marine Corps Counterinsurgency Field Manual) might be worth a quick read if not automatically issued at IOT. Incidentally, the original Counterinsurgency Field Manual can be found online via Google so you don't even have to buy it!
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Old 30th Jun 2010, 09:19
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my filter interview is tomorrow
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Old 30th Jun 2010, 17:04
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As nobody else has said it then,
good luck <g>

if you make it then I hope you enjoy it - becoming an AEOp* changed my life dramatically, and I have no doubt whatsoever that if you get through it all then it will do the same for you....you WILL be a different person x years down the line, and when you are an old git like me you'll look back on it all and decide, without a shadow of doubt, that you'd do it all again given the choice.

Dave

*WSO/WSOp - back in my day the old gits wore an 'S'...don't panic, inside 5 years you too could have an equally valid marker to denote that 'I've spent longer in NAAFI queues than you've been in the airforce' sensation.
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Old 1st Jul 2010, 16:15
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How did it go then, do they still tell you there and then or do you have to wait? Good luck for OASC if it went ok!
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Old 1st Jul 2010, 20:04
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i'll find out either saturday or monday by mail if i've been successfull

i think it went ok, this is my 2nd application and i felt much more comfortable with the questions and my knowledge. a couple of hesitation moments but generally on the whole i'm happy

it's going to be a nerve racking 3/4 days
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Old 6th Jul 2010, 07:22
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OASC Bulletin 17

In the last bulletin, John had completed his Interview and returned to OASC Reception to wait for the next event. Then one of the Control Staff told him to go back to his accommodation to get changed into sports kit and return to Reception by 1130 hrs ready for the transport that would take the candidates to the gym to undertake the Selection Fitness Test (SFT). We pick up the scenario as John sits in Reception waiting for the transport.

At around midday, a member of the Control Staff invited the candidates to follow him onto a coach waiting outside OASC, which would take them all on a short journey to the gym. Once at the gym, the candidates were given a briefing by the Physical Education staff about the SFT in general, explaining that the minimum standards required for each of the 3 elements reflect what the Ďaverageí person (by age and gender) must achieve. The briefing went on to detail the 3 individual disciplines: a 1.5 mile treadmill run, sit-ups and press-ups. The correct techniques to employ when performing the sit-ups and press-ups were demonstrated and then they were given guidance on how to pace themselves on the treadmill in order to achieve the required standard. Finally, they were told that the press-up and sit-up elements would be measured over a minute. The first group of people were called forward, which included John.

John took his position on the treadmill and looked at a guide in front of him that told him what pace to set on the treadmill to achieve the amber pass level. John knew that amber was the minimum requirement to pass the test, but he also knew that, to be as competitive as possible, he would need to run the 1.5 miles in as short a time as possible. John knew that this was one area that he had to really prepare for prior to coming to OASC as he knew that a poor result in the test would prevent him being selected. He felt that he had practised well at his local gym where he had managed to get well under the green time, as well as score highly on the press-up and sit-up elements. The test commenced and John set his initial pace from the guide. He felt good so he upped the pace. The first mile went passed and John still felt that he had reserve energy so he increased the pace further. The 1.5 mile point was coming up rapidly and his time was looking very good. As he went through the 1.5 mile point he noted his time at 9:08, which - by the assessment table in the guidance for candidateís booklet - was classed as the standard exceeded.

With the run out of the way, John concentrated on the sit-up element next. He got into position and commenced his sit-ups at a brisk but steady pace. By the end of the period he had done 50 sit-ups; not his best effort but good enough for an achievement of green. The final element was the press-ups - Johnís least favourite element! Again he took up his position and began. He started off strongly but, by the 30 second mark, was starting to struggle. He had already achieved 33 press-ups by then, so he took a couple of seconds to rest, which was allowed provided that he remained in the press-up position, back straight and knees off the floor. Then, he continued to the end of the minute period and, although his press-ups were really slow towards the end, he still managed to achieve 45, which again was good enough for an achievement of green. Overall, John was informed that he had passed to a green standard, and was delighted. After watching and waiting for the group behind to finish, he gathered up his belongings and went back to the coach and then all the candidates were driven back to the Candidatesí Mess. Once off the coach, the candidates were free to depart. John packed up his room, dropped his key off at Reception, got into his car and drove home.

Next week, we will conclude this brief journey through Johnís experiences of the OASC Selection Process and what he could expect to happen next.

For more information regarding any of these areas highlighted, please contact your AFCO and they will be able to give you more detailed information regarding specific cases.

Please note that, although OASC will endeavour to answer generic questions that arise, we will not be engaging or commenting on individual cases. In those cases, the individual is advised to contact their nearest AFCO who will be able to deal with any queries. All information published is for information only.

Information regarding a career in the RAF can be found at http://www.raf.mod.uk/careers

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Old 7th Jul 2010, 10:18
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Just like to point out that at the fitness test you are not actually told the requirements for a 'green' pass, nor are you advised what speed to set the treadmill to in order to achieve it - only amber.
You should of course know all this beforehand though...
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Old 7th Jul 2010, 19:55
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Tommo, I received my joining instructions for the OASC only the other day. (Amendment April 2010) It states in there that you will be advised of the correct speed to achieve a green pass for your age group but to be honest you are quite correct that if you are serious about such an event you'll know every intrinsic detail beforehand.
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