TheSorcerer From United Kingdom, joined Oct 2005, 1048 posts, RR: 0
Reply 3, posted (9 years 7 months 1 week 5 days 22 hours ago) and read 1242 times:
There was a careers fair at my school a couple of months ago and the recruiter there from the RAF said that they get 1000s of applications each year (applying to be pilots) and only 30-50 people are accepted each year. She said that they're not looking for reason to hire you but looking for reasons not to hire you. It's extremely difficult to get in and your eyesight would most likely be a reason for rejection.
Good luck with your Highers btw, I'm doing my standard grades in May.
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Hey thanks for the link. I've tried there beforehand and it does seem vague, as it states that eyesight tests are carried out but does not mention whether this is to determine 20/20 vision or something else.
Thanks everyone else who has provided insight so far!
DrP From United Kingdom, joined Jul 2005, 280 posts, RR: 4
Reply 6, posted (9 years 7 months 1 week 5 days 21 hours ago) and read 1221 times:
You might be better off trying the Army Air Corps, they are less picky about eyesight - I know from experience! The RAF will find almost any excuse to decline you the opportunity to be a pilot for them - including having arms "6mm too short" !! They might offer you Navigator instead if you'd be interested in it?
Fbgdavidson From United Kingdom, joined Oct 2004, 3767 posts, RR: 26
Reply 7, posted (9 years 7 months 1 week 5 days 20 hours ago) and read 1217 times:
I looked into this a few years back...
Are you going to University? I can certainly recommend applying for University Air Squadron, I did it for my first 18months of Uni and had a great time before finally dropping off the radar so to speak.
The year I applied there were close to 200 applicants across three Universities. Following siphoning by medicals, interviews and second interviews I was one of the 30 or so taken on full time. Usually around 15 of those people were taken on into their second year in the UAS, I was a little unlucky and just 10 from my year went into the second year. As it happened I wasn't in the best 15 anyways. After further selection and entry into Officer Air Crew Selection College you can expect to serve at least a short term commission in the RAF of 8yrs.
I am sure people here can give more info on the other route but if you want to do it yourself and become a pilot, then you may well have to fund it yourself. I went to a conference at the Renaissance Hotel at Heathrow in about March time and a guy who works did a rather good seminar. He basically said it'd cost 80,000 GBP self funded, and your chance of being hired are slim. He said he was at flight school at Prestwick and CX called and said they were interested in their best two students. The following week he was in HKG flying 747s into Kai Tak!!
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