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I got offered a job by the RAAF

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Went for my interview last week and they have formally offered me a job as an Aircraft technician :yahoo: Just got to get a small medical issue checked out by a specialist and im good to go, well thats if i pass my fitness test. 6.5 on a beep test. Hopefully if i get the job i want to be working on either the Super Hornet (should be on squadrons by 2010 if all goes to plan with production and stuff) or the Hercules, Apparently you get near enough double your salary if you get deployed, And the way i see it is that with the Hercules you will be deployed most of the time.

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Congrats. But I thought you wanted to be a pilot?

 

Aircraft Technician is a nice term for aircraft maintenance. You will work hard. And if you go Herks, you'll end up where I am right now. I see several RAAF J-models everday. But they do make some great money being here, unlike us.

 

Not trying to be Johnny Downer, but don't settle for just any job at the first go. If you want something, hold out for it.

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Congrats. But I thought you wanted to be a pilot?

 

Aircraft Technician is a nice term for aircraft maintenance. You will work hard. And if you go Herks, you'll end up where I am right now. I see several RAAF J-models everday. But they do make some great money being here, unlike us.

 

Not trying to be Johnny Downer, but don't settle for just any job at the first go. If you want something, hold out for it.

 

Yeah i was going for pilot, but it turns out i have to complete year 12 yet and there would be no certainty that i could get in going direct entry pilot, as most people who do go in direct entry already have their PPL. So im going to do this for a while because it was my second choice and has been throughout my life.

Also, to be a pilot you need a type of maths called Maths B. It was a big pressure on me because it was so hard. So after i got offered this job i changed out of it into an easier maths.

Im going to get my PPL when im in the air force, then after 6 years ill go for pilot again. :biggrin:

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You have to complete high school to be an aviator there? In USAnia you have to have a 4 year college degree and at least be a Senators favorite nephew. Well maybe back in 1985.

Considering the process I don't want to jinx you by congratulating you to soon. I keep thinking about the song Career Oppurtunties by the Clash evertime you post about your path.

Good choice on your part. I've no clue on what the RAAF or brother branches have for mustang programs there. Good luck.

:ph34r: CL

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At least you'll be happy. Again, congratulations.

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At least you'll be happy. Again, congratulations.

Congratulations, mate. You're no less vital as part of the RAAF team as an aircraft technician.

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congrats on the job offer...

hope you'll get what you want

 

Cheers ;)

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In USAnia you have to have a 4 year college degree and at least be a Senators favorite nephew. Well maybe back in 1985.

 

Yeah, I know the feeling. I was knocked out of Annapolis because my parents were 'blue-collar' and could not afford to pad the palm of the local Senator. He gets 2 picks, and our campaign contribution wasn't high enough. That was 1987... you're spot on.

 

Funny thing is when they came to my town to evaluate and interview the final candidates; I arrived on time and entered the room alone. I left my parents out in the hallway waiting for me. I sat down in front of the desk with the Admiral (School Chancellor), and he told me the bad news. I was really upset, but he was honest and he was also mad. His comments will never leave my mind...

 

'Son, I’ve seen a lot of young men tonight, I have to let 2 in, and unfortunately, you're not one of them. I am sorry. You qualify, but it's politics. But, if it makes you feel any better... of the 20 candidates I’ve seen here in the past week, you're the only one that came in here alone, without mommy and daddy holding your hands, and wiping your tears. You have balls son, you'd make a great Naval Officer, I can tell, but I can't bend the rules. Would you consider college, then enlistment?'

 

I stood up, shook his hand, and said, 'It’s Annapolis, or nothing, thank you sir.'

 

It must be nice to have money. Yeah, I’m still bitter about it…

 

 

OvS

 

PS... sorry to hi-jack. I actually was a Commercially Licensed A/C mechanic for British Airways. I have since moved on to their IM department. It was a fun job, always dynamic, something new every day. You'll enjoy it and the knowledge applies to EVERYTHING! They say if you want to fix cars, go to Auto School, if you want to fix everything... become an Aircraft Mechanic. It's 100% true. Good Luck! Keep 'em Flying!

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Congrats. Don't give up on the pilot thingy though I technically qualified for one for our CAF and my biggest regret is that I didn't listen to the "folks". I say technically because I had everything going for me except the eyesight and they dont accept laser corrected applicants for combat pilots and the "folks" well they always knew I wanted to follow in my uncles footsteps who was a pilot said "dont watch so much of the idiot box it'll ruin your eye sight and you'll never become an airforce pilot" ofcourse I knew better...sigh :rolleyes: Didn't mean to jack your thread, just wanted to impress upon you to continue after your dream no matter how long it takes. I wish you the very best.

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Hey Scouser! Big congrats dude!! Hey they given you your schedule yet? Do you know if you'll be heading to Karpooka or will they send you to Williamtown(?) for training? Like Atredies said, if you want to be a pilot, don't give up hope. The biggest thing is probably getting the math under your belt, but you can always get a tutor for that. If you are studying at or planning to go to Uni(versity), I know that's a big plus for officer selection. If you ask Dels, he might be able to answer some questions you may have... or not. :tongue: But then again, the few A/C maintenance guys I've met are pretty cool, so you'll have a ball with them.

 

 

Also, since you're joining the ADF, you better brush up on your slang, HERE

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Hey Scouser! Big congrats dude!! Hey they given you your schedule yet? Do you know if you'll be heading to Karpooka or will they send you to Williamtown(?) for training? Like Atredies said, if you want to be a pilot, don't give up hope. The biggest thing is probably getting the math under your belt, but you can always get a tutor for that. If you are studying at or planning to go to Uni(versity), I know that's a big plus for officer selection. If you ask Dels, he might be able to answer some questions you may have... or not. :tongue: But then again, the few A/C maintenance guys I've met are pretty cool, so you'll have a ball with them.

 

 

Also, since you're joining the ADF, you better brush up on your slang, HERE

 

Nope i havnt been given anything yet, i just sent off my medical report today back to the recruiting center so ill hopefully hear something from them this week about my fitness test. After that, its enlistment then off to RAAF Base Wagga for basic training and employment training. All together that should take just over 60 weeks. Nope, im not really into the whole university thing. I do alot of leadership around school so they said that was a big plus but if i was going for direct entry pilot wait until im like 18 and try to get some flying done privately.

Im really looking forward to it. Thanks for all your support guys. :good:

 

 

Oh and thanks for that link haha. Now i can understand what my dad is sayin when he comes home or talks to me about the ADF :biggrin:

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Congrats, been through the aviation maintenance route (civi) and now off to the FAA myself... asuming I get through the bloody medical lol

 

Craig

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...asuming I get through the bloody medical lol

 

Heh, I know the feeling. I've been doing my 'Medical' for about 6 months now... ADF's very... thorough. :tongue:

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Heh, I know the feeling. I've been doing my 'Medical' for about 6 months now... ADF's very... thorough. :tongue:

 

Dont suppose you would know this, but my friend wants to join up but has a nut allergy. Would he be able to join the ADF?

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