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by Macdui
Fri 09 Dec, 2005 2:00 pm
Forum: RAuxAF Joining & Training
Topic: age limits?
Replies: 2
Views: 6906

The upper age limit quoted is 50. You will be absolutely fine if you want to join the RAuxAf Regt as long as your basic fitness is adequate. Have a look at the website:

http://www.rafreserves.com/how_to_join/faq.htm
by Macdui
Mon 14 Nov, 2005 7:47 pm
Forum: TA Joining & Training
Topic: Choice of Corps
Replies: 4
Views: 3268

darkwarrier, Have you attended one of the presentation and interview evenings at 3 MI? This gives the potential recruit an excellent insight into the type of stuff they get up to. I was quite impressed by the exciting range of opportunities they offer. You are correct in what you say about compeitio...
by Macdui
Mon 14 Nov, 2005 7:20 pm
Forum: RAuxAF Joining & Training
Topic: Question
Replies: 1
Views: 6157

darkwarrier, You're right that the RAuxAF is very low profile. I suppose the obvious answer is that the TA is a far larger organization with a larger budget to throw at advertising campaigns. As the RAuxAF is smaller with a narrower geographic reach running a national advertising campaign would not ...
by Macdui
Fri 14 Oct, 2005 12:21 pm
Forum: TA Joining & Training
Topic: Choice of Corps
Replies: 4
Views: 3268

I do not have first hand knowledge, but the people I know who have been in 3 MI Bn said it is an excellent unit. As Hanstad said it is very well-integrated with the regular IC and has been extensively used in recent years. There is also talk of expanding its capabilities and size, so the RA guy you ...
by Macdui
Fri 14 Oct, 2005 12:05 pm
Forum: TA Joining & Training
Topic: Officer Application
Replies: 14
Views: 4612

I agree that the TA website is more like a marketing tool than a repository of useful information (sack the PR pricks who were behind it). I found this info (from my local infantry regiment) to be useful: http://www.army.mod.uk/ewrr/recruiting/officer.htm I must admit I find it a strange concept tha...
by Macdui
Fri 14 Oct, 2005 11:51 am
Forum: TA Joining & Training
Topic: Weight training
Replies: 6
Views: 3388

darkwarrier, Nothing wrong with pushing some weights as part of an integrated training programme. Pushing weights also helps with injury prevention (i.e. like those you get when you're carrying a heavy bergen). I would say that working on your upper body and lower back areas would help with this. If...
by Macdui
Mon 03 Oct, 2005 6:15 pm
Forum: RAF Joining & Training
Topic: RAF Regt Getting Dissed on ARRSE
Replies: 24
Views: 6708

If the Army boys hate the RAF Regt so much why do they spend so much time talking about us? There is an ongoing thread on ARRSE at the moment that is pretty funny. After someone asked about becoming an RAF Regt Officer (on an army site I ask you) it met with the usual chorus of derisive ignorant abu...
by Macdui
Wed 21 Sep, 2005 1:32 am
Forum: RAF Joining & Training
Topic: Regiment Snipers
Replies: 17
Views: 5235

afterall you are not even in the RAF yet!!! Thanks for clearing matters up lads. I may not be in the RAF yet, but the whole bloody service better watch out because I start my Basic Recruits Course next month! That'll get the bloaters at 2503 Sq on their feet, god knows they need to get their lard a...
by Macdui
Tue 20 Sep, 2005 4:27 pm
Forum: RAF Joining & Training
Topic: Regiment Snipers
Replies: 17
Views: 5235

Without wishing to sound pedantic, but there is a danger in posting second-hand information as fact. If you aren't in the RAF and you aren't 100% sure of the info you are posting perhaps it is wise to add the comment "I'm not in the RAF, but I've been told that... Fair play, good point Biggles1211,...
by Macdui
Mon 19 Sep, 2005 8:30 pm
Forum: RAF Joining & Training
Topic: What is a Gunner? Army Navy Airforce differences
Replies: 2
Views: 988

megadevil, A gunner in the Amry refers to a soldier in the Royal Artillery, a gunner in the Royal Navy is responible for operating naval guns. So both live up to thier name and operate really big guns. In the RAF, for some strange reason, gunners refer to members of the RAF Regiment, infantry units ...
by Macdui
Sun 18 Sep, 2005 11:34 pm
Forum: RAuxAF Joining & Training
Topic: Any Gunners from 2503 Sq here?
Replies: 1
Views: 7341

Any Gunners from 2503 Sq here?

I'm about to join 2503 Squadron - doing the BRC this October - and just wanted to establish contact with any lads from the Squadron. What are you experiences in the Squadron? Are the regular staff good lads or are there any to watch out for? What is the training like? Make contact......
by Macdui
Sun 18 Sep, 2005 11:28 pm
Forum: RAuxAF Joining & Training
Topic: Officer training with the RAuxAF
Replies: 0
Views: 5944

Officer training with the RAuxAF

Does anyone know anything about officer selection and training in the RAuxAF (particularly in the Regiment)? Is anyone here an officer or considering gaining a commission? I was told that there are quite a few officer vacancies in the Aux Regt at the moment and that it involves attending two main co...
by Macdui
Sun 18 Sep, 2005 11:16 pm
Forum: RAF Joining & Training
Topic: Regiment Snipers
Replies: 17
Views: 5235

TDJ, I have to say I am not certain. I am in the process of joining the Regt and when I asked about sniper training the Senior Recruiting NCO told me that Regt snipers do the same 7 week course as the Army. However, that could just be for those who want to become sniper instructors. The Regt could w...
by Macdui
Sun 18 Sep, 2005 5:35 pm
Forum: RAF Joining & Training
Topic: Regiment Snipers
Replies: 17
Views: 5235

bumpkin1, RAF Regt snipers attend the 7 week course at the Infantry Battle School in Wales. This is the same course undertaken by British Army snipers. It is a selection course and is widely considered to be very tough. You can also recieve training by a qualified sniper within the Regt, but obvious...
by Macdui
Sun 18 Sep, 2005 4:53 pm
Forum: Royal Air Force
Topic: RAF My Officer Selection Diaries
Replies: 36
Views: 65439

Well done mate!

Interesting and useful to read your comments and advice. Best of luck in your career.