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Ron98

258 posts

42 months

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Thursday 10th January 2013 quote quote all
CrabDan said:
That's a huge jump!

In TG11 your 3rd report is practically an automatic promotion from SAC to Cpl at the minute, unless you really drop a b*llock (or drop lots of smaller ones)!


Edited by CrabDan on Thursday 10th January 01:54
Sorry I just in my last week in the RAF, TG1 what trades 11?

RacingBlue

951 posts

50 months

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Thursday 10th January 2013 quote quote all
It used to be TCO (telecoms operator) - now that's part of TG4, I think it's now something to do with int.

PaulG40

2,213 posts

111 months

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Thursday 10th January 2013 quote quote all
Aren't they sort of TCO/ ICT tech now kinda?

It's communications anyhow I believe.

PaulG40

2,213 posts

111 months

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Thursday 10th January 2013 quote quote all
iPhone inadvertent clicking of stuff.... Double post.

RacingBlue

951 posts

50 months

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Friday 11th January 2013 quote quote all
PaulG40 said:
Aren't they sort of TCO/ ICT tech now kinda?

It's communications anyhow I believe.
TG4 is now ICT tech, which is an amalgamation of ex TG11 comms operators, and ex TG3 Electronics Technicians, along with newly recruited TG4 guys.
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ben_h100

1,101 posts

65 months

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Sunday 13th January 2013 quote quote all
CrabDan said:
That's a huge jump!

In TG11 your 3rd report is practically an automatic promotion from SAC to Cpl at the minute, unless you really drop a b*llock (or drop lots of smaller ones)!


Edited by CrabDan on Thursday 10th January 01:54
Not sure where you got that info from, as its incorrect..! Also TG11 hasn't existed for a good few years now.

Would recommend joining to anyone.

Ron98

258 posts

42 months

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Monday 14th January 2013 quote quote all
Little known fact, If you do four years in the RAF and come out to do full time uni you DO NOT pay any tuition fee's.

Asterix

20,789 posts

114 months

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Monday 14th January 2013 quote quote all
I was in a long term relationship (6 months is long when you're 18!) when I went for basic (14 weeks) that was dealt with ok, I then did a training course based in London for 4 months which was fine as I used to live in Chorleywood so the GF was still close and we saw each other 'enough'. Next was another training course for six months. Again, it wasn't really an issue as I could get away most weekends.

Then I got posted to West Germany, as it was then. Relationship over! She didn't want to know or think about a long distance relationship. Fair enough really. It wouldn't have worked so we didn't really worry that much about it. No point in lying to each other, and ourselves. Also remember, this was back in the day when you might phone once a week or (OMG!) write letters to each other. No sms, skype, email etc...

I don't know what your posting locations would be like but your partner has to embrace the whole forces thing as well.

iacabu

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673 posts

35 months

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Just thought I'd update this thread although I highly doubt anyone was waiting for it...I didn't realise it was so old, but a year on I've done a lot of thinking and applying and I will be starting Deck Officer training for the Merchant Navy on 3rd Feb!! On the final countdown for leaving my current job

sparks_E39

8,343 posts

99 months

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Saturday 18th January quote quote all
Good for you! I'm doing my first round of training for the Royal Navy on Feb 3rd, leave my job the end of March and officially start the end of April.

Well done!

iacabu

Original Poster:

673 posts

35 months

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Saturday 18th January quote quote all
Thanks, you too thumbup

I believe it's been a long time coming for you

Edited by iacabu on Saturday 18th January 14:27

sparks_E39

8,343 posts

99 months

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Thanks! Applied in October of 2010.

VidalBaboon

9,073 posts

101 months

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Saturday 18th January quote quote all
RWD cossie wil said:
Wow! It's like a mini reunion in here isn't it!

I knew Vidal baboon personally in the RAF, posted to the same station albeit different trades, and RB5 bird, if you are who I you think you are, I was in the Falklands with you when you were on VAHS, might remember me as Spills? smile

I did 12 years in, had a pretty good time & met some fantastic people (and Vidalbaboon wink ), and learnt a Very good trade with probably the best training you will ever get!

However, at the moment promotion is slow due to the big cuts being made, and it will take you a good few years to start earning sensible money.

If you are not wiling to be away fit long periods of time don't bother joining, the days of det dodging are gone, you WILL be going to a warzone at some point.

The important thing is to understand that while the RAF will give you the hard sell about how good it is & the chances you will get, ultimatly you are an expendable soldier first & foremost & a tradesman second. If you hunt out the good bits you will have an awesome time with moments of sheer terror thrown in for good measure.

Make sure you have a good sense of humor!
This. Apparently the days of sitting around the tea bar doing the dance of the flaming arse holes are long gone.

If you ever had to fly in something that Spills touched, then the moments of sheer terror become far more frequent wink

Dougan1

85 posts

9 months

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Saturday 18th January quote quote all
CrabDan said:
You're looking at six months to a year of earning f*ck all money when you first join up. After that the money tends to go up pretty quickly. You'll never earn rockstar wages unless you become a Group Captain, though.

Edited by CrabDan on Wednesday 9th January 20:43
Was interested in pay. Group captin looks to be 85k ish... similar to very many in oil and gas industry. A tad above offshore average wage

chrisxr2

951 posts

80 months

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Saturday 18th January quote quote all
Do you work in the careers office, money is terrible and very little travel to be had but Afghanistan, Chris fairey (avionics) for 10 years left in 06

robmlufc said:
Do it. Its a great job, great people, great travelling(mostly) and great money. Fast jets are the way forward, mechanical trade if you can so airframe/engines. The other trades are for girls, fact. Also, if/when you leave for another job everyone loves all the experience you have gained.
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