Open Trades And Length Of Application

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  1. I'm interested in applying to join the RN as an Aircraft Engineer and was wanting to find out what trades are currently recruiting and how long, on average, i could expect to wait for an application to be processed.

    I'm going to visit my local AFCO on Monday morning, however, i thought it might be an idea to get the heads up beforehand.
  2. Ninja_Stoker

    Ninja_Stoker War Hero Moderator

    The Royal Navy are currently recruiting all trades, although the smaller branch trades such as Medical Assistant, Seaman Specialist, Aircraft Handler, Clearance Diver, Naval Nurse & Communications Technician can have a waiting time of well over 12 months in which to join.

    Air Engineering Technician tends to fluctuate between 3-4 months depending on the amount of applicants than can score high enough in the recruiting test. The "average waiting time", if ever there were such a thing, is about 6 months between passing the recruiting test to entering service.

    The amount of applicants wishing to join the service has dramatically risen with 50% of our annual recruiting target being filled within the first third of the recruiting year, so based on current trends the waiting periods to join are quite likely to increase.

    Good luck.
  3. Ninja, just out of curiosity. With all this in mind and more people wanting to join up, are there any plans in place to increase the traffic through Raleigh or is that just not possible?
  4. Wouldn't that mean phase 2 "traffic" would have to be increased too?
  5. Thank you for the information. I'm interested in applying to join as an Aircraft Technician so all being well i might be able to join sooner rather than later depending on how the application process goes. I'm going to visit my local AFCO tomorrow so i'll get a bit more information then.

    After almost 5 years in the same job i think i need a change of career.
  6. Ninja_Stoker

    Ninja_Stoker War Hero Moderator

    My understanding is that we are running pretty much at max capacity in Raleigh for the amount of Senior Rate instructors & new recruit accommodation currently available. Possibly the guys on here from Raleigh would be better placed to answer this one more accurately.

    I'm guessing that if current trends persist, then we will actually reach a point where there's more applicants than jobs available as less people are submitting notice to quit & significantly more people are joining than leaving. There are very large numbers of people trying to re-join the service at the moment - again a stark indication of the civilian jobs market.

    Mind you, with any luck there'll be a few parliamentary jobs up for grabs soon & you would definitely get my vote as Speaker of the House Montigny. :lol:
  7. tiddlyoggy

    tiddlyoggy War Hero Book Reviewer

    There are lads getting pinged from Guzz SFM to go and work at Raleigh, so, yes, they are short of instructors too.
  8. ShinyMan, do you think that after 5 years in the RN you will need a change?

    The services as a rule tends to be a career rather than a stepping stone. Not having a go, simply trying to understand what makes you think you wont get bored/need a change after a few years in the mob!

    Good luck anyway, AET is a good choice. best of both worlds. Fair bit of shore time. Bit of time at sea and the responsibility that working on aircraft brings.

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