Aircrewman waiting time?

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  1. caldee22

    caldee22 Badgeman

    Can anyone shed some light on the waiting time for Aircrewman? Also, does it require a higher RT score compared to AET?
  2. Ninja_Stoker

    Ninja_Stoker War Hero Moderator

    Your AFCO are best placed to advise waiting times as they will know your circumstances. The snag for Aircrewman is there are fewer intakes because it is a smaller branch & FATs are fully booked about a year in advance.

    The Recruit Test total score is the same as AET but Aircrewman has higher part-scores in Reasoning, Literacy & Numeracy in relation to AET. AET requires a higher Mechanical Comprehension pass mark than Aircrewman.

    Bet you are glad you asked :)
  3. caldee22

    caldee22 Badgeman

    Thanks ninja, i'm still very undecided. Are you aware of the waiting time for AET? I think i recall being told 6-9 months from RT.
  4. Ninja_Stoker

    Ninja_Stoker War Hero Moderator

    Yep, 6-9 months for AET is about right, but the jobs are quite different, so don't be influenced by the wait. The attrition rate for those applying for Aircrew from the outset is extremely high (fewer than one in ten succeed) but if it was impossible, we wouldn't have any.
  5. caldee22

    caldee22 Badgeman

    Is that down to the quality of the candidates or just the difficulty of the tests?
  6. Ninja_Stoker

    Ninja_Stoker War Hero Moderator

    FATs is the biggest stumbling block with a 10% pass rate for those applying as direct entrants, followed by about a 50% pass rate at the Initial Aviation Medical Examination at Cranwell (despite having already passed the AFCO Medical Examination).
  7. caldee22

    caldee22 Badgeman

    ahh i see...i heard that all applicants are tested to the same standard of what a fast jet pilot would be expected to be at and if thats the case, i have plates in my arm...
  8. Ninja_Stoker

    Ninja_Stoker War Hero Moderator

    The IAME is to the same standard as pilots. Whether plates are permitted for aircrew I'm unable to advise unfortunately, but possibly @angrydoc or @nemesis1066 are better able to give a pointer.

    Gut feeling? It could well be an issue.
  9. caldee22

    caldee22 Badgeman

    Thanks for the help Ninja, i'll get in touch with my AFCO and see what they think.
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  10. Drakey

    Drakey War Hero

    Good morning. AFCO.............. Ninja Stoker speaking, how can I help you.
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  11. Ninja_Stoker

    Ninja_Stoker War Hero Moderator

    I've lost count of the amount of times that has actually happened. It does amuse :)
  12. Waspie

    Waspie War Hero

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  13. NDW09

    NDW09 Midshipman

    I read online somewhere that the score required is 72 (assuming out of a total of 120 marks for the entire RT).
    Other than that; I don't know how they score or mark the test, but I do believe it is the same score required for AET.

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