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Pilot Minimum Return of Service

Hi all,

I was just wondering whether anybody knew what the minimum return of service is for pilots in Fleet Air Arm. I passed my Recruitment Test today, and had assumed that it was 12 years (length of the commision), but when speaking to a warfare officer, he told me that he thought it was 6-8 years. When does the 'time' of service begin?

Thanks
 

Waspie

War Hero
Had your recruitment test today and forgot to ask the recruiters!!

Tsk Tsk.

Not like a prospective orficer to forget something like that!!!!!
 

Ninja_Stoker

War Hero
Moderator
The thread title always gives an indication of intent, in my view. It's appreciated many may join the Armed Forces to earn transferable qualifications, in fact it makes absolute sense. Given that it now costs circa £1M+ to now train a fighter pilot & we reckon on approx 1 pilot for every 60,000 footsteps across the AFCO threshold, it's possibly wiser to frame the question in terms of the maximum one can serve rather than minimum.
 

slim

War Hero
Well said Ninja, why anyone who is fortunate enough to be selected to join the worlds most elite flying club would ever want to leave is beyond my comprehension
 

2cool

Lantern Swinger
For an officer in the Fleet air arm your ROS is 6 years, which begins upon completion of specialist training - Please check with your AFCO though as according to 9/10 members of rum ration , I sir, am a moron :)
 
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The thread title always gives an indication of intent, in my view. It's appreciated many may join the Armed Forces to earn transferable qualifications, in fact it makes absolute sense. Given that it now costs circa £1M+ to now train a fighter pilot & we reckon on approx 1 pilot for every 60,000 footsteps across the AFCO threshold, it's possibly wiser to frame the question in terms of the maximum one can serve rather than minimum.

I only ask because I had the opportunity to speak with an officer downstairs before I left, and wasn't able to get back to the top floor of the office to speak to the recruiters. I am still considering whether to go through with my application - 12 years seems like a long time to commit to - of course I expect to stay for the maximum term, but in the unlikely event that I decide after a few years that I really dislike it, I want to know what the minimum term is.
 

Sumo

War Hero
I only ask because I had the opportunity to speak with an officer downstairs before I left, and wasn't able to get back to the top floor of the office to speak to the recruiters. I am still considering whether to go through with my application - 12 years seems like a long time to commit to - of course I expect to stay for the maximum term, but in the unlikely event that I decide after a few years that I really dislike it, I want to know what the minimum term is.

Take some advice from us old gits, you have been selected into a fairly unique club, you first of all have to pass as a pilot before worrying how long before you can leg it, if you fail you will not have to worry as to how long you will be staying.

If a fly boy is what you really want to be then all the training will fly by in the blink of an eye, then its only 6 years to give back

Plus once you are qualified you will be able to ride around on a motor bike wearing a leather bomber jack and sun glasses, (even when dark) and act like an elite prat, what more do you want out of life?
If this is not for you then move over there are always more in the queue waiting for a chance, you have that chance so grow a pair and take it.:yawnstretch:
 

Ninja_Stoker

War Hero
Moderator
Post 5, is correct.

IFT carries a 72 month return of service on completion of operational flying training for both rotary & fixed wing.

Doctors and Fang Farrier cadetships are 6 & 7 years respectively, most other direct-entry (non sponsored) Officer branches carry a 3 year ROS.

Basically, no such thing as a free meal ticket, we want our pound of flesh.
 

Sumo

War Hero
Post 5, is correct.

IFT carries a 72 month return of service on completion of operational flying training for both rotary & fixed wing.

Doctors and Fang Farrier cadetships are 6 & 7 years respectively, most other direct-entry (non sponsored) Officer branches carry a 3 year ROS.

Basically, no such thing as a free meal ticket, we want our pound of flesh.

In civy street if you get a post graduate training position from some of the bigger companies they will want a 4 -5 year return on completion of training so the navy’s returns of service compare well with the real world
 
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