21 Civvie to RN Air Crewman/Observer, going for NSRT - got a few concerns!

Kraxous

Newbie
Hi all thanks for having me,

I'm quite excited and also anxious at the same time at pursuing this route. It's something I've been anchoring (ignore the pun) at doing for a while. But of course as with everything comes a few concerns...

1. Maths. My weakest subject. After I write this I'm about to do some revision and just learn what I can on working out various formulae and just work hard at it. I suppose nothing can be done at this. I think I'll be good in my other subjects - which I'm not going to neglect by the way. Nevertheless, I've looked around for various psychometric testing and while there's quite a lot of generic ones, is there any tailored to the RN apart from the one they say to revise/the mock one? All of the questions are the same and I don't want to keep doing them and get comfortable knowing the answer from memory.

2. Swimming. I'm a relatively strong swimmer, but just had to clarify it tonight by going swimming and it turns out I'm not actually any good at doing the 'Freestyle Stroke' (clickable link). Will I be required to do this or will it be a breast stroke? I'll be practising every week but as long as I can hone in then that'd be great.

Everything else I can work on i.e. fitness. I don't weigh a whole lot and don't actually have any (if at all) fat so it's just a case of working muscle and getting in shape.

Honestly super excited and can't wait to get going with it!
 

Waspie

War Hero
Hi, just to clarify, are you going aircrewman, (rating) or observer, (officer). Big difference.
Filling in until the cavalry arrive, @Ninja_Stoker our careers advisor and @Mark Dip our resident aircrewman.
Don't get bogged down by worrying too much. BUT, do brush up on maths. As an aircrewman Hopefully, @Mark Dip will be along sometime and give you the up to date line on maths and the requirements. (In my day - yawn). Maths was way up there as we needed it for navigation. I have no idea if todays aircrewman and women!!! Still do navigation. Time - speed - distance sums needed for that! You'll probably need maths for ASW come to think of it.

Swimming!!! Actually - I couldn't even swim when I joined but that was then this is now. I believe you have to tread water dressed in overalls for a designated amount of time. Minutes not hours. You may or may not have to remove the overalls whilst in the water.

Fitness, Oh don't worry about fat!!! When you do your full aircrew medical they will measure every part of you and if you do have any flab, they will find it, they have a loverly set of fat callipers to measure flab!!!!!!!

Good luck, it is a hard slog, but well worth the effort. Just remember its team effort not individual performance. The world is full of show offs. You'll be part of a course be part of it. When your flying you'll be part of a four man crew - be part of it. Loners will struggle! Stay focused and it'll be rewarding and enjoyable.

Oh yes - Good luck.
 
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Kraxous

Newbie
Hi, just to clarify, are you going aircrewman, (rating) or observer, (officer). Big difference.
Hi mate, I've been told by the AFCO down south I can't do observer due to eyesight, but I spoke to my local one up North and he said they'd assess it when I came in. Assuming all is well with it - as it's a minor correction - I'll be going Observer. Just gotta' have a word later this month.

Don't get bogged down by worrying too much. BUT, do brush up on maths. As an aircrewman Hopefully, @Mark Dip will be along sometime and give you the up to date line on maths and the requirements. (In my day - yawn).
I'll be doing my maths when I can every day. This'll bring me up to scratch I hope. I understand I've got FATs to do which is a lot of SDT and then the NSRT which is a mix of various math co-subjects. Practice, practice, practice!

Swimming!!! Actually - I couldn't even swim when I joined but that was then this is now. I believe you have to tread water dressed in overalls for a designated amount of time. Minutes not hours. You may or may not have to remove the overalls whilst in the water.
Swimming I'm not that bad at, but again will be practicing. Do I need to do a breaststroke or do I have to do the freestyle one per the link? I'm not too good at the latter is all! :rolleyes:

Anyway, I appreciate your response mate! Hopefully it all goes well. Thanks!
 

Waspie

War Hero
Observer is a totally different route to that of rating aircrew.

A lot more intense. Navigation will be in your future so maths - yep - get stuck in. You will start with basic dead reckoning, (DR). The foundation, then various nav systems, radar, military gps! to name two. Then you will specialise, Wildcat - Merlin (ASW).

Swimming - if you can swim I imagine that will be fine. I wouldn't have thought any stroke would suffice. It's all about survival!!!! (Literally). If you end up in the water as a result of a ditching then as long as you can make it to the surface then into your raft you'll get by!!!!

As an officer you'll get heavily involved in ship/squadron planning and of course the management of us ratings!!!! That will take up a fair bit of time. It's not a nine to five career your stepping into thats for sure.

Again good luck. Aviation - way to go. And always remember the FAA unofficial motto; Last on - first off.
 

Waspie

War Hero
If you type 'Aircrew Observer' in the search box, (top right of home page), lots of good info from previous enquiries.
 
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