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Looking to join, but leaving the police...

noelweller

Newbie
Hello virgin post, I'm 26 years old and 6 months I've been a serving police officer for 6&1/2 years and I've become very disillusioned with it. I've many colleagues(ex-forces) who have recommended the navy.
Ive looked around and I feel the envy would be a good option.
I wanted to join as an air crew man but 6 months too old.
Does anyone have any alternate recommendations for which I could look at that are not too far from aircrew?

Noel


novice.... Ta!
 
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danny

War Hero
If your disillusioned with the police I wouldn't bother coming to the spiral of hate and gloom that is the navy. Honest advice.
 

bon mot

Midshipman
Noel,

If educationally qualified for officer you could look to air traffic control or fighter control (the latter is also offered by the RAF I would add).

And whilst I hate to stay on the RAF theme - you could look into RAF senior NCO (Sgt) direct entry aircrew? I believe the RAF is also offering an air traffic contoller accelerated path to Sgt.

If aviation if your thing the RAF will probably be a better place to be for variety and breadth - that said, these are also exciting times for maritime aviation in the years ahead.


Whatever you decide - for what its worth my advice would be to apply as an officer from the off if you have the qualifications.
 
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guestm

Guest
Noel,

If educationally qualified for officer you could look to air traffic control or fighter control (the latter is also offered by the RAF I would add).

And whilst I hate to stay on the RAF theme - you could look into RAF senior NCO (Sgt) direct entry aircrew? I believe the RAF is also offering an air traffic contoller accelerated path to Sgt.

If aviation if your thing the RAF will probably be a better place to be for variety and breadth - that said, these are also exciting times for maritime aviation in the years ahead.


Whatever you decide - for what its worth my advice would be to apply as an officer from the off if you have the qualifications.

RAF ATC isn't accelerated, it's also direct entry to Sgt.

Disagree with the 'variety and breadth' statement regarding the RAF too. They spend a lot if time ring fenced at a single station / type. Want variety? RN has it in spades. The last seven years have taken me to two different ships operating a wide variety of mixed fixed wing and rotary, three op tours and three different air stations which, with the exception of Cottesmore also operate a wide variety of type.

Contrast that to your average RAF 'variety' over the same period.
 
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guestm

Guest
Maybe worse in engineering branches but I honestly don't know many people who love it.

If you want to work with people who love it and your fit join the marines.

I know quite a few. Perhaps it's you bringing them down? Booties drip just as much as anyone, I'd wager their attrition rates are no better than the GS or FAA either.
 

danny

War Hero
I know quite a few. Perhaps it's you bringing them down? Booties drip just as much as anyone, I'd wager their attrition rates are no better than the GS or FAA either.

yeah booties drip drip but they love it.

Yeah ah it's obviously me bringing them down lol, moral will no doubt improve navy wide in 298 days ha.
 

Ninja_Stoker

War Hero
Moderator
Ello, Ello, now then, 'appen.

In my experience most people join the Armed Forces, then join the Police.

Going from the Police to the armed forces is going to be a significant pay drop unless joining as an Officer. Many consider the Reserves.

If you want to remain a uniformed civilian, RAF is probably the best option if stability is also a significant consideration (such as having a family & suchlike).
 

noelweller

Newbie
Yeah I've gone throughout it. Been the careers office and spoken to a lot of people at RAF/Navy stands at various events.
Bit of a shock to them going police to military but a few have said they have noticed it, The police isn't the police anymore. Can't remember the last time I did something self generated. Always the Jeremy Kyle rejects...:confused:
 

Ninja_Stoker

War Hero
Moderator
Be prepared for RAF and their leaflets. They're obsessed with the bloody things.
And balloons, don't forget the balloons. I like balloons.
 

FAAFLYNAVY

Lantern Swinger
You could try for a force/service transfer to the MDP, this would offer you the opportunity to get round & see what goes on in the RN/ARMY/RAF bases before you jump & still leave you some time to decide.

The MDP or CNC are much better structured & you get the added bonus of strutting your stuff with a big gun.:)

From what I hear it's not easy to rejoin the police once you're out, & things are seriously tough out in the real world of work.

Just a thought.
 
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