what are the entry requirements for being a pilot

crazyman

Midshipman
i may as well admit i wear glasses i have slightly under standard sight but its not bad

at the moment im 19 years old can someone tell me what the entry requirements are

and what sort of fitness is involved.

pretty much can anyone tell me anything
 

chieftiff

War Hero
Moderator
Look here

http://www.royal-navy.mod.uk/server/show/nav.4994

The best place to start is obviously the careers office, they will have the latest info with regard to medical requirements, I am fairly sure that when you start aircrew training your eye sight has to be 20/20 without corrective lenses!

If your eye sight is acceptable you will need to pass aircrew selection, this is a bunch of mental agility and physical coordination tests, make sure your mental arithmetic is up to scratch, lots of speed, distance, time questions, they say that practising computer games can improve you coordination skills.

As well as aircrew tests you have to pass the AIB this is most peoples stumbling point< they are looking for Officers, so you must demonstrate, leadership skills, mental agility, intelligence, a knowledge of current affairs and all round sound character ( I really don't know why, I have met very few officers with any of these skills!!!!!!)

At the AIB you are required to carry out a multi-stage fitness test (bleep test) to your limit, so basically be as fit as you possibly can be, I would suggest at your age you need to be achieving around level 12 minimum or running a mile and a half in less than 9 minutes. RN fitness test gives you around 11 mins I think.

Hope this helps, but you really need to visit a careers office.
 

crazyman

Midshipman
i think the sight bit is the buggrer im about 1 line off 20/20

9 and a half minute mile thats quick but possible with a lot of extra running
 

chieftiff

War Hero
Moderator
The fitness thing is just my estimate, you don't need to be superman but you do need to look like you have put the effort in, I am a "little" older than you and I get 12.35 mins to run the mile and a half, it takes me less. When I did my Senior rates leadership course I was 35 I did it in 9.04 mins and I wasn't the fastest there.

The AIB is not looking for commandos, they are looking for people with potential, it's just down to you to show them you have potential, preparedness is definitely a good start point. You wouldn't want to bang out of your fitness test at around the 7-8 mark......this is the level expected of a 40 year old!

your eye sight may not be a problem, you need to speak with careers service guys.
 

Lifeboatbod

Midshipman
I may be wrong here but doesnt the eyesight thing depend on what you want to fly, ie fast jets perfect no glasses, rotary corrected eyesight or something like that.

As chieftiff said check with the recruiting office rather than trust forums mate, they will have the latest facts and figures however be prepared to take some serious crap when you first join as a Young Officer. You wont be kicking the tyres and lighting the fires for a little while.
 

crazyman

Midshipman
thanks everyone i will admit i have always wanted to fly and be in the services i finish my degree in less than 12 months and i thought of looking into it i will go along and ask.

at the moment i have spent two years as a pte in the ta infantry (i must have done something really wrong in a past life.) just thought i would share that
 

chieftiff

War Hero
Moderator
I don't know about past life mate, you did something wrong in this life..... Did you seriously think digging holes in wet mud and sleeping in them was ever going to be fun?.........

Good luck, just look into all your options, even if your eyesight isn't up to it there are plenty of good officer careers.
 

junglynx

Midshipman
Nothing wrong with having an army skill set as a back up. Soldiers first and all that! If your interests lean that way then how about the Army Air Corps?

Although I did loathe every trench I ever dug, the only thing worse was filling it in 24 hrs later!

Oh and your eyesight doesn't need to be 20/20 for rotary. Slightly less is acceptable.

Best of luck.
 

SILVER_FOX

War Hero
Don't forget the requirement for enhanced social skills, looking good in shades, being able to hold a tan better than most, ability to live in hotels whenever the ship is within 1000 miles of land and swagger, lots or swagger! :lol:
 
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