A few questions about joining the Royal Navy Fleet Air Arm

Skanza

Midshipman
As this is my first post, I'll quickly introduce myself.

I am currently studying my A levels in Post16, and Have about 1 hand a half years left. Currently I'm residing in the middle-east as an expect, however I am a British National (caucasian).

When applying to the Royal Navy as an officer will I have to attend the Britannia Royal Naval College correct?

I will have completed my A levels, (providing I get 140 UCAS points).

Or can I get Direct Graduate Entry?

Do Royal Navy Officers undergo basic military training?

Another point is, how EASY is it to transfer from being a Royal Marine Officer to get into the Royal Navy Fleet Air Arm?

Basically what I'd love is to be able to experience the mass physical side of the marines' and later move onto being a pilot in the Navy. How easy is this to acheive?

I know these are a lot of questions, And I have been lurking around a bit and read several posts to get a better idea of things.

Hope you can help. Thanks! :)

- Scott F.
 

the_matelot

War Hero
Moderator
Re: A few questions about joining the Royal Navy Fleet Air A

Skanza,

I spent a few years in the Fleet Air Arm before retrading to warfare but I do know there is a RM Major who is fast jet qualified...

Alternatively, you could join BRNC and go for your All Arms Commando Course. It's an alternative way of getting your green lid and the standards are exactly the same.
 

Skanza

Midshipman
Re: A few questions about joining the Royal Navy Fleet Air A

the_matelot said:
Skanza,

I spent a few years in the Fleet Air Arm before retrading to warfare but I do know there is a RM Major who is fast jet qualified...

Alternatively, you could join BRNC and go for your All Arms Commando Course. It's an alternative way of getting your green lid and the standards are exactly the same.

So I could join the BRNC then take the AACC and then after that apply for the Fleet Air Arm (Aircrew Officer - Pilot)?
 

the_matelot

War Hero
Moderator
Re: A few questions about joining the Royal Navy Fleet Air A

No, you'd apply to join as a pilot in the RN. Get through BRNC and flying training and only then could you apply to do your AACC.
 
Re: A few questions about joining the Royal Navy Fleet Air A

On my old Sea Harrier Squadron we had 2 Royal Marine pilots, one is now on my GR7 squadron.





You Take Your Chance When You Choose Your Branch
 

Skanza

Midshipman
Re: A few questions about joining the Royal Navy Fleet Air A

Joint_Force_Harrier said:
On my old Sea Harrier Squadron we had 2 Royal Marine pilots, one is now on my GR7 squadron.





You Take Your Chance When You Choose Your Branch



Interesting. That's the thing, If I chose the Royal Marines, nothing is definate right?

Let's say I chose the RM. This means I would have to serve for about 3 years on operational duty and then can I apply for the RN? OR can I chose Pilot as a specialisation?(doesn't that only include groundcrew?

Thanks so much for all your input! :)
 

boredwafu

Lantern Swinger
A friend of mine was a Royal for over 10 years before transferring to the RN as Officer aircrew, got quite a few looks with the rows of gongs on parade at BRNC!!

As for the AACC, can be done as an RN Officer, just getting clearance/time to do it may be difficult, particularly if going through aircrew training.
 

Skanza

Midshipman
Re: A few questions about joining the Royal Navy Fleet Air A

boredwafu said:
A friend of mine was a Royal for over 10 years before transferring to the RN as Officer aircrew, got quite a few looks with the rows of gongs on parade at BRNC!!

As for the AACC, can be done as an RN Officer, just getting clearance/time to do it may be difficult, particularly if going through aircrew training.

Thanks for the reply.

I reckon I'm going to go in as an Officer for the FAA, rotary wing aircraft. Then I can try for the AACC.

Just a quick quesiton (possibly presumptuous), but is is possible to chose or have some sort of saying in where I'd like to serve (what unit, overseas etc.)

Sorry for the mega noob questions, but I don't have the royalties of asking a Careers Office.

-Scott
 

Piran

Midshipman
From what I understand, if you join as a Bootie officer, then you do your first tour as a Troop commander. Then you may choose to specialise. Don't forget the RM's use the Gazelle as a scout Heli. If your good enough as a pilot, then you can expect to be cherry picked for Harriers (I would say fast jet, but their not!), regardless of how you joined up.

If you want to get your Green lid, then yes you can after you joined, but as others have said, you'll need to get time away from your job to do it.

As with all of us in the services, you can ask to go somewhere, but there are no gurantees :)
 

boredwafu

Lantern Swinger
Re: A few questions about joining the Royal Navy Fleet Air A

Which unit etc is going to come down to aptitude as far as what aircraft you are selected for, you can ask all you want, but the bottom line is always going to be you are sent where you are needed. Regardless, I think just about everybody ends up loving their first aircraft type!!
 

Skanza

Midshipman
Re: A few questions about joining the Royal Navy Fleet Air A

Piran said:
From what I understand, if you join as a Bootie officer, then you do your first tour as a Troop commander. Then you may choose to specialise. Don't forget the RM's use the Gazelle as a scout Heli. If your good enough as a pilot, then you can expect to be cherry picked for Harriers (I would say fast jet, but their not!), regardless of how you joined up.

If you want to get your Green lid, then yes you can after you joined, but as others have said, you'll need to get time away from your job to do it.

As with all of us in the services, you can ask to go somewhere, but there are no gurantees :)

Yea that's what I'm contemplating on, joining as a bootie, and choosing 'pilot' as a specialty, however that won't guarantee me a job as a pilot will it?

Thanks for the other replies.
 
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