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Wat3r46

Newbie
Currently in the application process for AET. Interview completed, RNFT completed, security and medical questionnaire completed (3 months ago), just waiting on my face to face medical. Wonder if anybody can tell me of the possible timeline for face to face medicals and phase 1 training? Do AET's have certain start dates in the calendar? No response from AFCO to any of my questions.
 

Jonadame

Midshipman
Started application may, finished medical 15th Oct. No date yet but been told could be March or possibly later, AFCO doesn’t know


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mick1199

Badgeman
Currently in the application process for AET. Interview completed, RNFT completed, security and medical questionnaire completed (3 months ago), just waiting on my face to face medical. Wonder if anybody can tell me of the possible timeline for face to face medicals and phase 1 training? Do AET's have certain start dates in the calendar? No response from AFCO to any of my questions.
Passed my medical a few weeks ago and currently waiting on a start date, told it could be around February but could also be later or earlier. F2F medical, PJFT and security clearance will follow for me. I’ve applied as an ET(MESM) though so our start dates might go through at different speeds. As always AFCO is usually the best source of info, my own advisor has been spot on but it’s more or less impossible to get an exact date yet.

Keep us up to date though mate, the wait is driving me mental. Where was the fitness test done? Navy site says they’re usually done at your nearest Nuffield gym, the ‘nearest’ for me is like an hours drive so it’s a bit of a ball ache but hey-ho.
 

papercuts

Newbie
I’ve also completed every step apart from the full medical which will come after I have been given my entry date. My AFCO put a bid in at the start of September and I was told that it may be a little in to the new year, but of course the pandemic is bringing all kinds of uncertainties. As @mick1199 said, the wait is driving me mental, too! Just trying to stay patient and let it play out :) Good Luck!
 

mick1199

Badgeman
@papercuts have you down the fitness test as well? What time did you get? I’ve heard some of the tests they’ll just set the speed for you so you more or less breeze it and pass in the not far from the required time, others where they give you free reign. Just wondering what to expect. Shouldn’t have an issue passing, it’s more the what and where of it.
 

Wat3r46

Newbie
@mick1199 when I went for my fitness test I was able to control the speed myself. They have to put in the initial speed you want to start at but after that you can change it yourself.
 

papercuts

Newbie
Cheers. Just wondering how it all works when you get there
That was the same for me as well; I found the speed that they initially set for me was fine but you can change it throughout the run. They will also give you a blood pressure test so don’t drink / eat rubbish before you begin - just a heads up. Then just focus on the run really, they will fill in the results sheet then e-mail it to your AFCO. Good Luck mate - smash it!
 

mick1199

Badgeman
That was the same for me as well; I found the speed that they initially set for me was fine but you can change it throughout the run. They will also give you a blood pressure test so don’t drink / eat rubbish before you begin - just a heads up. Then just focus on the run really, they will fill in the results sheet then e-mail it to your AFCO. Good Luck mate - smash it!
Spot on, cheers pal! I was planning on just running it in a slow time with the aim of getting an easy pass rather than pushing myself and end up failing, I’ll save the speed for the same test at basic.
 
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