OH [insert several swear words here]!


AKA Ass-Bandit
Okay, so at the beginning of this year, I started an application with the British Royal Air Force. This Monday, I learnt that I had not passed the selection interview stage of my application, will need to arrange a debrief interview to find out what went wrong, and will have to wait 12 months before re-applying.

Not too much of a problem, on to my next choice: Royal Navy.

Now, I was going for a job as an ICT Specialist, and the closest I can see for the Navy is an Engineer (Information Systems) Officer.

Only, there's one small snag - amongst other qualifications, I require a first degree in a computing based subject which is worth 140 UCAS points, and I don't think my BTEC National Diploma meets this.

If it does, then great, I just need to find the certificate (as it's gone AWOL) and I could be on my way to a job in the Armed Forces.

If it doesn't, or I've completely lost my certificate, then arse, I'm going to have to go back to college, which will probably mean a further two years of education, which means I might as bloody well wait the full 12 months to make a new application for the RAF, and I don't really fancy joining the Army.

Christ on a Garibaldi...


AKA Ass-Bandit
Okay, so looking around further shows that there might be similar jobs in the Navy that don't require the same qualifications. I'm guessing what I mentioned was a job as an officer.

But, you know what? I'm not going to bother going for it. Why?

I went to my debrief interview today, and was told why my application was not accepted:
a) During the interview, I looked uncomfortable and did not show self-confidence.
b) My hobbies, by my own omission, was basically jack and shit.
c) I started my fitness training at the end of December, which they consider to be a very small time-frame.
d) My knowledge of the RAF wasn't up to standard.

With all this in mind, if I do go for a job in the Navy, I'm just going to be told the same thing again. So, it's best for me to wait the 12 months and use it to improve my confidence and social skills, find some good teamwork-based hobbies (say, Rugby, for example), continue with my fitness training, and commit what I can about the RAF to memory.