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Lantern Swinger
BirdsAffirm said:
...At least if you make the trip, survive and then join the Andrew, you'll have a few sh*gging dits to spin when you're sat with the other 19 YO virgins in the College of Knowledge!...

DRH1987 said:
Im attempting to join at the momnet as a Warfare Officer and i have my initial test medical etc in a couple of weeks.
I've wanted to join for a while but when i visited my local AFCO they seemed very cautious and told me my plans for travelling were a major problem. I had hoped to pass my AIB and then use the year to travel.
I have planned this trip for a long time and invested money in visas etc already. I want to go to countires such as Russia, Kazakhstan, Krgyzstan, China, Mongolia, Tibet, Nepal South East Asia and India. I can understand that these aren't your normal countries to go to but can't understand why they are so weary of it. I thought it would have been a positive thing. The RAF wouldn't even consider me if went for this trip.I was just wondering if anybody knew why they were so weary about this and what my chance of being able to do both were?
The problem is that at the moment im still pursuing the trip as well because it needs planning.
The Careers advisor basically said it was a gamble and just to try and fast track my application before i go away and hope for the best
Thanks for any help anybody can offer. Cheers

If the side-scuttlers don't want you why would you think the "armed forces" would? :D


War Hero
alfred_the_great said:
Rory Stewart went to equally interesting places, and he's now an MP having been a Provincial Governor in Iraq; a far greater intelligence risk.

Soon to be my local MP, all round top bloke and ex MI6 spook if the tin foil hat brigade are to be believed.
2DD - does this mean you're moving to Penrith? Have you got bailer twine to hold your trousers up on the way to your outside privvy?!

Who cares if he was a Friend - only Craig "tin foil hat" Murray has seemed to get his knickers in a twist about it.


War Hero
alfred_the_great said:
2DD - does this mean you're moving to Penrith? Have you got bailer twine to hold your trousers up on the way to your outside privvy?!

Who cares if he was a Friend - only Craig "tin foil hat" Murray has seemed to get his knickers in a twist about it.

Moving to a nice village just outside actually, but yeah the nearest train station is Penrith, it's where MLP is from and I've heard his sister is the spitting image of Kate Beckinsale, so game on really.


War Hero
Oh dear, fookin seabiscuit, soz I meant seadog works at the DVA does he not?
Best of luck with the security check then 8O :roll: :wink:


War Hero
alfred_the_great said:
Ninja_Stoker said:
The only snags I could realistically foresee are with regard gaining Security Clearance as a residency waiver will be required for any UK citizen, over 18, who resides outside of UK for more than 6 months in the last 5 years (DVA rules, not RN).

Similarly for SC, joiners should keep a list of countries visited, if outside of UK for more than 6 months, and addresses so that police checks can be completed. (Presumably to check you're not a convicted drugs mule - for all we know that could be the purpose of your trip). As it's unlikely the countries listed have a reciprocal criminal intelligence exchange agreement, it will probably take a fair bit longer to gain SC, thus deferring the start date.

It's probably therefore advisable to aim to be back in UK a few months before starting at BRNC, rather than flying back on the friday & expecting to start monday, but ultimately, your call & if you haven't passed selection yet, why worry?

I would presume the DVA have a way to deal with Gap Years!

They certainly do, that's why I posted it. Happy to increase the font size for the hard of hearing if necessary. :wink:


I'm glad someone has started a thread about this. During my now 24 month wait for AET (applied Nov 09) I have already been to Nepal for a month and am planning to go away again for 8-10 months in December

I've already passed my RT, Medical and PJFT.

I'm planning to visit Thailand, possibly Cambodia or Vietnam, Australia, New Zealand, South Africa.

Rang my AFCO last week and they just said not to worry and didn't ask where I was going. Seems a strange answer given that I could potentially be liasing with Al Qaeda!

Do I have anything to worry about besides Bangkok's shemales?


War Hero
The advice is already stated earlier with regard duration overseas, countries visited & the requirement for residency waivers if over 18 & resident overseas for periods longer than 6 months.

Commonwealth countries, by and large have reciprocal agreements with the UK with regard the exchange of police record data and are therefore less likely to cause delays gaining security clearance upon your return.

No-one is saying don't go, simply advising how to avoid pitfalls. With the upcoming SDSR due out at the end of the year it's anyone's guess what will happen with regard numbers required this next recruiting year anyway. The advice is crack on.

Commonwealth countries, from which we recruit, incidentally are as follows:

Antigua and Barbuda
Australia (see Note 1)
British Territories (see Note 2)
New Zealand (see Note 3)
Papua New Guinea
Sierra Leone
Solomon Islands
South Africa
Sri Lanka
St Kitts and Nevis
St Vincent & the Grenadines
The Bahamas
The Gambia
Trinidad and Tobago
United Kingdom


1. External territories: Norfolk Island, Coral Sea Islands Territory, Australian Antarctic Territory, Heard Island & McDonald Islands, Cocos (Keeling) Islands, Christmas Island,
Territory of Ashmore & Cartier Islands.

2. British Dependent Territories: Anguilla, Bermuda, British Antarctic Territory, British Indian Ocean Territory, British Virgin Islands, Cayman Islands, Falkland Islands, Gibraltar,
Montserrat, Pitcairn, Henderson, Ducie & Oeno Islands, St Helena and St Helena Dependencies (Ascension & Tristan da Cunha), South Georgia & the South Sandwich Islands,Turks and Caicos Islands.

3. Includes the territories of Tokelau & the Ross Dependency (Antarctic). Self-governing countries in free association with New Zealand; Cook Islands and Niue.
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