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Initial Contact - Application Process

JustJon

Newbie
I've been invited to my local AFCO on Monday to attend a presentation, thing is i'm working 55 hours a week at the moment and i'll only have one more day off until August after Monday, I'm wondering will they give me they application form after the presentation and do I need to bring anything like ID and passport photo's ect..?
 

stace141

Newbie
I attended a presentation last month. I was given the relevant forms and information on that day to take away with me then post back.
hope that helps.
 

JustJon

Newbie
Officer or non-officer entry?

I'm applying for non-officer. I have 240 UCAS point and 2 years experience working as a networks manager for a fortune 500 company but I assume they wouldn't accept me as an officer because it doesn't translate into being a diver.

I have just completed the application process, so fingers crossed just waiting on my joining and prnc date now! It can be quite long, but as soon as you pass the RT test your wait starts which is good. Also means that if the rest of the process takes a little while due to working around your current job etc it shouldnt mean you have to wait any longer :D just make sure you prepare and pass everything first time, fails can mean that you have to wait a few months to retake and thus move forward in the process. Diver sounds good, there are a few ex divers (maybe some currents as well) on here who can probably offer advice and that. I really enjoyed the initial presentation, hopefully you do too!

I can see you are very enthusiastic and wish you the best of luck on your PNRC, I've been told that for a diver your PEDA date could be up to almost a years wait, this isn't too much of an issue for me as i'm living comfortably at the moment in terms of my financial situation, but i've wanted to join the armed forces as far back as I can remember, I've read all the threads concerning MCD and the process. I'm in the best shape of my life at the moment and hoping that with a bit of luck, i'll be in by 2014.

I personally think that divers are nutters to choose that job; and that is coming from a submarine volunteer.

Care to elaborate? From reading other threads I personally think that you have to be mentally tough for PEDA and Basic, but I love the though of being a diver and the opportunities that come along with it, in and outside of the forces.
 

RabC

MIA
... who has 2 weeks experience of the RN, from the cosseted environment of BRNC? good oh.

You must have worked with hundreds of MCDs in your extensive career. :wink:
SJ the sharpness of your whit is blunted by their ignorance, but please for the rest of us continue bringing Young Occifers down to their required level.
 

FireMonkey

Lantern Swinger
I personally think that divers are nutters to choose that job; and that is coming from a submarine volunteer.

No way in hell could I be one of the great unwashed... I enjoy sun far, far too much!

To add something sensible. From the beginning of my application to PEDA date is about 18 months. The application process for MCD took about 6 months to complete. with the wait for the medical taking the longest.
 
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ExPongoMongo

Midshipman
No way in hell could I be one of the great unwashed... I enjoy sun far, far too much!

To add something sensible. From the beginning of my application to PEDA date is about 18 months. The application process for MCD took about 6 months to complete. with the wait for the medical taking the longest.
Do divers have a more stringent medical? or is it just the same as the other trades?

Anyhoo I couldnt be a diver, i felt like my ear drums were going to explode fetching the brick from the bottom of the pool in PT.
 

FireMonkey

Lantern Swinger
I'm not 100% sure on the general service medical, but for the divers medical, along with the "normal stuff" lung function (blow into a tube in as many different ways) was a big part as well as a fitness test. The test consisted of step ups to a beep that got faster as time went on... I believe it was to measure VO2 MAX% and heart rate under exertion and your total heart rate could not total 180bpm (I stand by to be corrected). Also I believe that diver medicals have to be undertaken by Doctors who specialise in dive medicine and thus have to be outsourced.
 
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Ninja_Stoker

War Hero
Moderator
Diver & Aircrew medicals are different to other medicals, likewise submariners have an extra medical after joining.
 

ExPongoMongo

Midshipman
Diver & Aircrew medicals are different to other medicals, likewise submariners have an extra medical after joining.

Do you know where i could find information on the Aircrew medical? All i can find is the internal transfer information and all it says is that the medical is done at 705 Naval Air Squadron, RAF Shawsbury.

I got all -10s (Doctor told me that's pilot standard?) on the hearing test and full marks on the eye test when i left the army so im not too worried about that. However i got wires put into my hand temporarily last July because i fractured and dislocated two of the bones between my wrist and fingers and my knuckles went on a wee jolly up towards my wrist. Full function in my hand now and gave me no trouble when i joined the Army.

Cheers

EPM
 

Ninja_Stoker

War Hero
Moderator
Do you know where i could find information on the Aircrew medical? All i can find is the internal transfer information and all it says is that the medical is done at 705 Naval Air Squadron, RAF Shawsbury.

I got all -10s (Doctor told me that's pilot standard?) on the hearing test and full marks on the eye test when i left the army so im not too worried about that. However i got wires put into my hand temporarily last July because i fractured and dislocated two of the bones between my wrist and fingers and my knuckles went on a wee jolly up towards my wrist. Full function in my hand now and gave me no trouble when i joined the Army.

Cheers

EPM
Not sure the Aircrew standards for entry are in the public domain, to be honest. Suffice to say the standards are quite stringent. Angrydoc may be able to help, but I'd guess the medical examiner will want the full details before he/she could determine suitability definitively.
 
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