Aircraft handler

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  1. Just wondered if anyone could give me a the current waiting time for aircraft handler position ?

  2. Ninja_Stoker

    Ninja_Stoker War Hero Moderator

    About two years.
  3. Thanks , I have been offered that position. whats the reason for such a long wait ? Do they assume someone is going to leave within in that time ?

  4. Ninja_Stoker

    Ninja_Stoker War Hero Moderator

    It's a relatively small, non technical branch and has the "easiest" test score. As such it is heavily over-subscribed.
  5. Thank you
  6. Ninja_Stoker

    Ninja_Stoker War Hero Moderator

    No problem.

    The Naval Service tries to manage realistic expectations by keeping branches "open". Others manage it differently. The RAF, for example, open and close branches as the manpower requirement arises - you cannot apply for a closed branch and there's always a mad rush to process sufficient applicants in a condensed timeline. If you miss the call, you lose the job - but they cream-off the best scoring applicants.

    The RN keeps branches open but if, for example, we only want one intake of twenty a year and there are already 40 applicants ahead of you it's a two year wait. If the applicant opted for a job because they did not score high enough for their first choice, then armed with the knowledge there's a long wait, they may consider extracting a digit and re-sitting the test for their first preference rather than opting for Hobson's Choice, joining, then moaning about it.
  7. Thanks again
  8. Are you currently still serving? or how long have you been in RN for
    If you don't mind me asking ?
  9. Ninja_Stoker

    Ninja_Stoker War Hero Moderator

    Currently Naval Careers Service (NCS), transferred from regular service after completing 23 years regular service in 2003. Technically served 34 years, just starting to get the hang of it.
  10. Ninja
    Have you still got yer wheelspanner?
  11. I found one in my garage if you want it Slim, and a pair of Wibre testers :eek:
  12. janner

    janner War Hero Book Reviewer

    SgtP will be around direckly
  13. Ninja_Stoker

    Ninja_Stoker War Hero Moderator

    Sounds like a "rubber gloves" search is called for here.

    I don't have a wheelspanner myself - I was always strong enough to open a valve unaided. Had a few thrown at me, mind.
  14. What a Stoker without a wheelspanner, what is the world coming to?
  15. He's too be busy saving the world, plus I binned the wibres, feck knows why I kept the wheel spanner though!

    I'd be happy if he never looked in my toolbox though (not a euphemism either) ;)
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  16. Aaarr, there be crows feet:

  17. Them's the buggers, it's amazing how a few of my tools were walked over immediately after beeing forged and as they were cooling down!
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  18. Of course most of us obtained any tools with government markings from various ex government auctions and establishments which specialise in government surplus. We obtained receipts for them but of course over the years the receipts disintegrated in the toolbox;)
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  19. Bogey Knights down Mutton Cove is the source I used for I mean, errr, would have used should I have anything of that nature!
  20. I always carried a sectional spanner ( Ninja is too young to remember them)
    'tis a wheelie only it is 3 foot long.

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