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Arfa Sleep

Reserve Squad
That last sentence is a bonus to me, one of the things putting me off was being a recruit again.
I'm not getting any younger and those two pathways have always been in the back of my mind and I'm honestly not enjoying this posting (despite enjoying the camp and area) so I'm thinking I should go for it and take the plunge. I've got the ball rolling with my P2 form already. :)
I did CBAT last year, which was interesting, managed to pass for controller and WSOP and I was definitely tempted by WSOP just not enough to go through SNCO training. I've been at my current place almost 5 years, like the area but fed up with the job so a similar position to you.

If you haven't already, check out the Student Room, loads of good info for OASC and the whole process
 

Arfa Sleep

Reserve Squad
Not so much that, although it doesn't help. The issue is passing training risks onto the units. Our last two graduates have taken 18 months to get up to speed. If we'd ditched them early on we'd still be waiting on replacements. Recruiting is not solving the problem.
Obviously I won't name names but I know of one controller who went from what I'd assume is a fairly quiet station to a busier unit because they were unable to get their tickets at that unit. This person has now re-branched. JATCC is nails isn't it?
 

The Exile

Striker
Obviously I won't name names but I know of one controller who went from what I'd assume is a fairly quiet station to a busier unit because they were unable to get their tickets at that unit. This person has now re-branched. JATCC is nails isn't it?
Our issue is inexperienced controllers in an environment where it's very quiet a lot of the time, but then it gets as busy as anywhere in the country in bursts. They don't have that sixth sense for it all kicking off.

I was very lucky in that I seemed to be able to just do it from very early on. You can teach the procedures but not the ability, if you know what I mean. If you're not a natural you have to work far too hard just to get by. Some are great in the sims but freeze live. The bloke who came top of my course developed a stutter when he went live at Valley, it finished him.
 
I did CBAT last year, which was interesting, managed to pass for controller and WSOP and I was definitely tempted by WSOP just not enough to go through SNCO training. I've been at my current place almost 5 years, like the area but fed up with the job so a similar position to you.

If you haven't already, check out the Student Room, loads of good info for OASC and the whole process
What trade are you?
 

knarfw

Striker
As an older ex RAF shiney arse... Ive actually applied to be a reservist IA... dont think Im fit enough even for a 47 year old!!! (EDIT - knowing some of the scopies and other JTs.. I actually think Im a better representation of an airman these days)
Fellow ex shiney here mate, what years were you in? 80-97 for me.
 

Metalmicky

Subs Bench
Also ex shiney here also - 82 - 06 ........ I only came out (of the RAF) when they offered me a whacking great redundancy package....

Can't understand the chap suggesting the boy join the Army instead :confused: .......the lad's obviously got some intelligence, so I suggest he'd be found out as an impostor eventually.

Military joke............. although it's truer that it sounds.

A man was conducting an All Service member briefing one day, and he posed the question: “What would you do if you found a scorpion in your tent?”

The Navy sailor stated, “I’d step on it.”
The Army soldier said, “I’d hit it with the heel of my boot.”
The Marine said, “I’d catch it, break the stinger off, and eat it.”
The Air Force chap said, “I’d call room service and find out why there’s a damn tent in my room.”
 

safcpelaw

Full Back
Also ex shiney here also - 82 - 06 ........ I only came out (of the RAF) when they offered me a whacking great redundancy package....

Can't understand the chap suggesting the boy join the Army instead :confused: .......the lad's obviously got some intelligence, so I suggest he'd be found out as an impostor eventually.

Military joke............. although it's truer that it sounds.

A man was conducting an All Service member briefing one day, and he posed the question: “What would you do if you found a scorpion in your tent?”

The Navy sailor stated, “I’d step on it.”
The Army soldier said, “I’d hit it with the heel of my boot.”
The Marine said, “I’d catch it, break the stinger off, and eat it.”
The Air Force chap said, “I’d call room service and find out why there’s a damn tent in my room.”
Very true for the joke, more luxuries than the Americans you lot.
 

cocky

Winger
i posed your question to my son who used to be an analyst in the Army ,he also spent time in the RAF ,this is what he replied i hope it helps .


Intelligence Analyst is the only credible option (not being biased either) - the others are dreadful/useless.



Survival Equipment Specialist - arm/disarm ejector seats and test liferafts (for your entire career)
Firefighter - squirt foam and drive to the end of the runway two or three times per day (and go to the Spar for pies)
PTI - physical training instructor (low paid gateway to being a low paid civilian gym instructor)
Personnel Support - admin staff
Pharmacy Technician - admin staff in a pharmacy
Squippers don't get anywhere near ejector seats, but they let armourers touch them, that should tell you all you need to know about that trade.
 
Cheers. He has to wait 6 months for a resit, wouldn’t care, it was multiple choice questions and he ran out of time, even if he’d guessed the last couple of questions he might have got the one mark he needed!
Just wondering whether the Survival Equipment Specialist role could lead to other skills eventually, involving health and safety maybe or rope access work for example.
There’s lots of firms in that field in research and design ( Barbour, north face, etc) if the field goes into that.
 

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