RFA eyesight requirements?

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  1. Hi all,
    I have recently been considering applying to the RFA as a motorman, although I have been considering a cadetship. I have been in a horrible job since finishing university 6 months ago and need something challenging and worthwhile.
    The problem I am facing is regarding an effective rejection (I withdrew my application) from the TA a few years ago. At the time I had atrocious eyesight, eyesight so bad that I can never serve in the army or air force, even after surgery, under current policies.
    I had laser eye surgery in the summer and have had no complications, so my eyesight is now better than 20/20. Anyone know how the RFA feel about laser surgery? I know that the requirements are different from that of the armed forces, but there is so much conflicting eligibility information on the website.
    Apologies for the long-winded post, just wanted to give a bit of background!
  2. exJenny

    exJenny War Hero Moderator Book Reviewer

    Give the RFA occupational health specialist a bell - 02392 725243

    Just the thoughts of a blonde ex-wren. Don't blame me if it all goes tits up.
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  3. What is your degree/background/experience? What is your current 'horrible job'? Probably best to apply for a cadetship as I suspect you would be wasted/dissatisfied as a motorman.

    I am sure there is some info on officercadet.com about laser eye surgery and the ENG1.
  4. Thanks for the quick answers! I'll give the ENG a good trawl today.
    Megaloptern, I have a degree in archaeology from Cardiff. Pretty hands-on degree at times but not as much as I would have liked. I'm now a duty manager on a night shift at a hotel.
    To be honest, the reason I was drawn toward motorman was in case, god forbid, I hate the general job/experience (you never know whether 4 months at sea is really for you until you try!), I can leave fairly easily without feeling I'd messed up too much. I guess maybe I should just man up and stop being such a baby about it!
  5. Yeah.

    If you meet the academic requirements, go for a cadetship. The motorman role is very basic at times (how is your mop & bucket technique? quick on the draw with a grease gun?), advancement can be very slow and the job is not as described in the recruitment literature.

    A degree of attrition is expected amongst trainee seafarers.
  6. How I'd describe my experience with the RFA.

    (Not nescessarily in a negitive)
  7. Seadog

    Seadog War Hero Moderator

    Archeology? I must resist an ancient relics reference.
  8. Had a good look over the ENG1 and the cadet forum, so I've decided to go for it and apply as a Deck Officer Cadet. Apparently they process applications within 10 days and the next intake is in May (if the website is to be believed) so I dunno if I'd miss that one after interviews etc. Anyway, fingers crossed!
    Seadog, hit me with your best archaeology joke/reference, I've heard them all!
  9. Seadog

    Seadog War Hero Moderator

    Consult the MCA's Approved Doctors' Manual rather than rely on anecdotal information from a website. It's on a gov.uk site and on this occasion, Google is your friend. exJenny's advice is good.

    ADM will tell you the standard of colour perception required by deck officers. If I recall correctly, it must be perfect. Best find out sooner rather than later.

    The archeology joke threat wasn't aimed at you but at the RFA demographic and the Rover Class.
  10. Does anybody know if the RFA are likely to accept a 1 year ENG1 as opposed to a 2 year one?

    I'm asking as I have read on various forums that people with less than perfect BMI readings are sometimes given an un-restricted ENG1 but for a shorter timeframe with the aim of improving their BMI in time for their next medical.

    My BMI is higher than it should be but I'm quite active and fit so would be rarther disgruntled to have this halt my application!
  11. Without checking the regs, I think it's only red/green that really matters. Hence why there is the option of a lantern test for those failing the Ishihara book.
  12. This is for real fat bastards, not the slightly podgy.
  13. I thought as much, I've heard its down to doctors discretion too so hopefully I catch the doc in a good mood tomorrow.
    Last edited: Oct 30, 2014
  14. Seadog

    Seadog War Hero Moderator

    I've had a look in the ADM-you are correct about the lantern test.
  15. Thanks for all the help you guys, according to the MCA manual I'm good to go if my eyes have stabilised and 6 months have passed, which is good news.
    Back to the present, I've got my RT next week. You really don't realise how little GCSE maths you remember until you start revising.... :p
  16. Good luck mate. The BBC Bitesize GCSE website helped me loads with preparation for my RT.
  17. Best of luck with it!
  18. Thanks!

    Now you mention it, that's exactly where I looked first! I'm getting myself up to date with percentages, long multiplication and all that rubbish. Not sure if this has been answered elsewhere, but do officer cadet applicants have to achieve a certain set score in the test or does this vary according to everyone else's marks?
    I've heard that you have to request your actual score and that they just give you a pass/fail on the day.
  19. As an RFA RT candidate you don't get your score at all. You leave the room at the end of the test while all the other candidates are still sitting there waiting for their tests to be marked.

    Your test result will be sent to the RFA recruiting team who will then inform you by email whether you've passed or not. They don't tell you your actual score even if you ask the question.

    Unless of course all this has changed in the last 12 months .
  20. exJenny

    exJenny War Hero Moderator Book Reviewer

    Me too.

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