RM Aircrew

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  1. Woul anyone be able to explain the process of becoming a Royal Marine aircrew officer? The website is a bit vague.
    Thanks
    Sam
     
  2. Sam, there isn't an option for a commissioned officer to become an aircrewman in the RM's. Do you mean pilot?
     
  3. Sorry, thinking RAF again, all their careers brochures refer to pilots as being "Aircrew." I meant pilot.
     
  4. Firstly Sam welcome to RR.
    Now then in answer to your post you have to be accepted for Training as an RM ossifer,interviews medicals,AIB etc etc. Then pass training, I believe still 1 year for ossifers.
    Then serve as a Troop Officer for at least 18 months to hone and develop your leadership/command skills. After this you could apply for Pilot training.
    However you should understand that applicants usually outnumber posis available by huge amounts, especially for glamour jobs such as Pilot.
    I've been out for a while so hang around for more accurate replies. :mrgreen:
     
  5. Sam, NZ isn't far off the mark in his answer.

    On completion of training you'll spend slightly less than 18 months as a 'Phase 2 Young Officer' (more like 12) and then you can volunteer for specialisation. Once you inform your Appointer - the Major who decides where you go and the profile of your jobs - of your aspirations to go Pilot he'll load you to flight aptitude. From here your ability and aptitude will take the lead; if successful you will have the opportunity to go rotary or fixed wing, depending on your ability, and there are currently several officers leading from the front in the aviation arena.

    One thing to be aware of though is the fact that if you do specialise in this area you will not be able to command marines: your promotion and administration is done from within the Warfare branch of the Royal Navy.

    A question you might want to ask yourself is why do I need to go through the Commando Course if I'll only get a couple of years in the job? You might be better placed perusing a Pilot appointment from the start - It's less painful!!
     
  6. Would there be any advantage for a fleet air arm pilot to do the All Arms Commando Course?
     
  7. Not really, it would only be a personal gain for the individual.
     
  8. And your boss might question the expense of sending a pilot (who has cost squillions to train) on another expensive course that will be of little use in your job. If you want the green lid and wings too you'll have to do the hard miles first with no real guarantee that you'll get pilots training.
    You need to consider what is most important, your desire to be a pilot or to wear the green bonnet.
     

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