Aircraft handler

Lynds

Badgeman
Does anyone know the waiting time to join the navy as an aircraft handler? My son has now been waiting 18 months and still no date or communication, when he did his recruitment tests he was told there was a 18 month waiting list from that time but would hear something before that, many thanks
 

Ninja_Stoker

War Hero
Moderator
According to my list, 14-18 months is about right - assuming there were no delays at interview, medical or fitness test.

I'd be inclined to tell him to check his contact details are correct at his AFCO - if someone changes mobile, email or home address and we cannot get a reply, their application is suspended. His careers adviser should be able to give him a more accurate entry forecaset.
 

Lynds

Badgeman
Many thanks for your reply, all his details are the same, his Afco also has mine as when my son applied he was still at school so he took all my details also, he spoke to his Afco just before Christmas after many messages and emails left for him and just got the response....you will know when I know! And could not give him any idea of waiting times etc.
It's just difficult for him to make plans,holidays, he's currently at college doing public services as advised
 

Fitnessfreak

Midshipman
I'm joining at an aircraft controller, finally got my start date 18th June 2017 however I started my application in January 2016! I was finished all of my tests (medical, fitness, interview) by march 2016 but didn't find out my start date until December!
Oh and a tip for your son... keep up his fitness! My recruiter rang me just before Christmas to tell me my fitness test had ran out of date in September and I had 4 weeks to prepare to do it again
 
That's good to hear!
My son applied back in August 2016 and was told to expect 18 month waiting time (which is up January 2018) and is getting no further info from AFCO as I suppose they don't have it. We thought there might have been an uptake of WAFU branches due to the new bigger carriers. We have tried to advise him to maybe look into other branches but no he is sticking with it for some reason. Presently at college doing armed forces/emergency services preparation course but due to finish June time, so back to him having to find something else to do from then onwards!
I remember when I joined many moons ago lol! it never took this long but I suppose it's all down to the demand for branches/retention of people within each branch.
 

NateDogg

Lantern Swinger
I understand your frustration. I applied back in August 2016 and still not heard anything for my PRNC or start date. Very frustrating as you say with making travel plans etc I missed out on a long holiday overseas incase I missed hearing back as I was told each month to wait another month. Although they did tell me when I applied that there was a 12-14 month waiting list so I did expect a wait, just thought I'd know my exact dates now so I can make plans around these. Hope your lad hears something soon!
 
Not great Natedogg, completely understand your frustration as it is hard to plan ahead whilst waiting. He is thinking of enrolling in another college course or finding himself a job in the meantime but again he may get a call anytime and he will have to leave it. Especially hard when looking for a job as he feels he would have to pre warn the employer as he would need time off for his PRNC, re-sitting his fitness test in July as his first one will have run out and then joining date. He has thought about joining the Royal Marines as he is a bit of a fitty and when his AFCO was finding out what his run times were they advised him he might want to consider the Marines. He was meant to be away having a host day with I think 42 commando today but for obvious reasons its been cancelled!
 

Ninja_Stoker

War Hero
Moderator
To be honest, when waiting for an entry date, there is categorically no reason to put one's life in stasis.

I'd advise applicants to be totally mercenary - seek employment and/or enrol on further educational courses as all that acquired knowledge and experience can open-up additional opportunities that would otherwise be missed. It's always easy to claim "I'm waiting to join the Navy", I did it myself but we never know what's around the corner and having back-up options is always a good insurance policy.
 

NateDogg

Lantern Swinger
Yeah it's hard trying to line things up and make commitments not knowing if you might have to do the PRNC the following week or get a start date soon.
I'm feeling the same been looking into the Marines and other roles, I'm 27 and working full time and hitting the gym every night I'm a big gym goer myself, just not sure whether to keep waiting or not. If I knew a date I could relax!
I do like the sound of Handler that's why I keep sticking with it but I really want to speed things up now.
The Marines have some great specialist roles after the 2 year general duty time is up, I just have to up my cardio game a bit more I'm more of a weightlifter.
Will keep checking with my AFCO and looking into other roles.. heard you can and can't change jobs once you're in so needs to be right.
 

NateDogg

Lantern Swinger
Agree with you Ninja, I am still working and looking at back up plans. Just wish they could give start dates so we can chill out a bit.
Even if it's 6 months away just so I know I have a start and can make plans/ courses in that time.
Shouldn't put life on hold or other opportunities although it does make it hard e.g I could of gone to NZ to work in Christchurch on working holiday but turned it down as I am waiting on the start date for the navy.
Debating on enrolling at college to try go back and get a trade the only thing is it starts in September and I may have to leave it fairly soon after starting if the navy calls.

Hoping to hear soon.
 
Yeah completely agree Ninja Stoker, I was exactly the same, when I left school I had a part time job, applied for both the police and the Navy, passed both and it turned out the Navy came back to me first, the rest is history and what seems like a lifetime ago now! Just seems a bit disheartening I suppose when you are 19 and you just want to get on with what you want to do but you're a bit in limbo. He's adamant he wants to wait and I'm sure he will work it out for himself.
Good luck NateDogg in your future career, it really is a great life. You never know you and my son might end up on the same entry.
 

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