AC...help!

LRD2002

Midshipman
Hi,

Just wondering if anyone has some good advice/ hints/ tips.

I kind of feel a bit silly as i initially started my application wanting to be a Logistics Officer as i thought i had enough UCAS points. I then realised i didnt and would have to take another A level but carried on anyway.

Unfortunately my psychometric results weren't quite up to scratch and i just missed the mark.

Ive decided i dont want to wait...i know im commited to joining the Navy. Im 25 and have done enough to know this 'normal' life isnt for me anymore!

I went back to the careers office to discuss options...they obviously suggested personnel logistician, which does make sense...however ive looked into it and dont think its for me. Its similar to what im doing now (well, i work in law but have done PA jobs in the past) and isnt really the change im looking for.

He also suggested AC, as they are looking to actively recruit at the moment. Obviously its never been a burning desire of mine to be an AC (but im not sure if anyone would actually know they want to do that!)

Im booked in for my selection interview next Tuesday and now starting to panic!

Im happy with all the 'routine' parts of it - im not trying to play down the difficulty/ importance but being 'slightly' older i have lived away from home, had a mortgage etc etc so im cool with all those questions.

However ive looked more into the AC position and realised you have to do the Flight Aptitude Test. The maths part of the psychometric test is where i fell down...although i still maintain im ok at maths and was just frazzled by that point!

The careers guy obviously knows my psychometric score and apparently i did score average, so surely he wouldnt have booked me in for an interview knowing i want to be an AC if the grades werent good enough?

Ive found a booklet to download on the tests to practice and i think it would be a good idea.

I feel so confused....i really don't want to seem flaky but no part of the Navy has really grabbed me... to be honest i feel really open to suggestions and am really keen to try something completely new & different.

Im sooooo sorry for the uber long post, but if anyone has any CONSTRUCTIVE advice, then please feel free to help someone's who is totally confused! :?

Thanks,
Laura
 
I am an AC and I'm gash at maths like you wouldn't believe. It's an awesome job but is very aptitude based, you can either do it or you can't. PM me and I can tell you all you need to know.

Welcome to God's branch.
 

witsend

MIA
Book Reviewer
LRD2002 said:
... to be honest i feel really open to suggestions and am really keen to try something completely new & different.


Thanks,
Laura

:lol: Good luck, I would have you join up tomorrow.
 
Hi Guys

I'm hopefully joining up as an AC. Just got my FAA medical and then the Fitness test to do. I'm getting excited about joining up as AC looks a real interesting job.

I've PM'd you (MLP, witsend) with some questions.

Hopefully see you in the FAA in the near future...or God's own branch as it seems to be referred to :p
 
The FATs were pretty intense. Over 5 hours of testing. I passed with a score good enough to be Observer, Pilot or ATC so looking back I have quite fond memories lol.

Hows life as an AC then captainobvious - you recommend it?
 

captainobvious

Lantern Swinger
Providing you're able to learn quick and aren't shy of a bit of hard work every now and then, it's awesome.

Though if you've scored high enough for Pilot/Observer/ATC, why not go for one of those? More money, better living and working conditions and a less gay uniform.
 

scriv

Newbie
I'm halfway through basic having joined as an AC. It worries me that everyone looks at me in shock upon hearing I'm AC. They all talk about how hard a job it is. But basically, who would want an easy job? I'd much rather take the stress of AC than be a crumb brusher to be honest. Log (Pers) is not particularly interesting either I imagine. Sitting in an office sifting through leave applications and processing currency trades aren't the romantic life the navy can give you.
I am also in mid-twenties in very similar situation to you, so all I can say is that I would recommend you also go AC. From what I've seen so far, the maturity will help with the job, the pay is better and as a WAFU, you will always have a suntan. If you want to know anything about application process, FATs etc feel free to PM me.

The FATs were quite probably the toughest thing I have done in my life (mentally) but there is nothing in there to be worried about per se. The maths is very basic, it's the fact that you have to answer quickly, accurately and sometimes while doing something else.
 

Waspie

War Hero
scriv said:
But basically, who would want an easy job? I'd much rather take the stress of AC than be a crumb brusher to be honest. Log (Pers) is not particularly interesting either I imagine. Sitting in an office sifting through leave applications and processing currency trades aren't the romantic life the navy can give you.

Everyone has a job to do bud.

Some may not be as romantic as you put it. But as the they say, it's a team effort.

What happens to your leave if someone doesn't sift leave apps?!!!!

'Crumb brushers' as you put it, probably have a greater chance to seek like employment when they leave the service.

Get some time under your belt before you slag off other trades.
 

captainobvious

Lantern Swinger
scriv said:
They all talk about how hard a job it is. But basically, who would want an easy job?

Don't worry too much about that, the chances of you being challenged in the next 12 months or so are slim to none, enjoy the easy life while you can :)
 

janner

MIA
Book Reviewer
Righteous_Canary said:
Hi Guys

I'm hopefully joining up as an AC. Just got my FAA medical and then the Fitness test to do. I'm getting excited about joining up as AC looks a real interesting job.

I've PM'd you (MLP, witsend) with some questions.

Hopefully see you in the FAA in the near future...or God's own branch as it seems to be referred to :p

I'd be interested in seeing Witsend's advice on things WAFU :wink:
 
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