You can join up until 65. Remember, there are ageism laws for civilians nowadays.2_deck_dash said:I served on RFAs for 2 years, in an RN capacity.
It rocked. You can join up until 55 as far as I know, your best bet would be to join as a Systems Officer, it's basically the same as WE.
Benefits include, better cash, tax free salary if abroad, awesome scran (fillet steak on steak night!) Cheapest bar you'll ever find, single en suite cabins, more time off than the skipper's 8s.
Downsides include, no pension, lack of discipline from an RN point of view, possibility of being based at a fuelling jetty in Scotland for 3 months solid.
....in amongst the Indian crew, wearing singlet and shorts because he likes the food. Good one.Funny story.mate of mine,MN Captain.from Dublin.common as muck accent.on his ship.tanker in Aruba.sunday afternoon,hes in a singlet,shorts and flip flops in the seamens mess,cause their mostly Indian and he likes the food.
Candidates expressing an interest in the RFA should visit the RFA website www.rfa.mod.uk or contact 0845 60 40 520 for an application pack.StixJimboRM said:Thanks for that N_SNinja_Stoker said:Medical standards for entry differ markedly from RN medical standards, where conditions such as asthma or short sight are treated on a case by case basis.
For Other Users Information:
My son has expressed an interest in joining the RFA, and he has asthma. I have just spoken to the RFA Occupational Health Nurse, in Portsmouth, and she gave me this information;
Candidates with asthma are eligible for entry into the RFA. Candidates with asthma will be dealt with on a case by case basis, PROVIDED they have not previously been administered oral (tablet form) steroids for asthma for a period which is longer than 3 weeks or been hospitalised due to asthma. Candidates should apply through an AFCO before obtaining MCA ENG 1 Medical Certificate and the medical will be conducted by the RFA's own medical services.
AngryDoc let me put your mind at rest. They don't !I know Med Techs still exist. They shouldn't be doing medicals tho!
Seems to be the case, Megalopteron. Pls see Page 6 of this issue of Gunline:Megalopteron said: