- Average pay:
- RN and RM Officers and Ratings Rates of Pay 2007
- Age on entry:
- British or British/ dual citizenship
- At least 140 UCAS points and 5 GCSEs (A*-C)/ 5 Scottish Standard Grades (1-3)/ equivalent, including English and maths
- Aircrew Officers can be men or women
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As the Pilot or Observer of a Royal Navy aircraft, you will be right in the front line of operations, making vital tactical and operational decisions under pressure. Your role will be to get the Royal Navy's power in the air to the right place quickly and effectively, whether flying a fast jet armed with air-to-ground or air-to-air weapons, or transporting a troop of Royal Marines Commandos and their equipment by helicopter. The challenges of flying with the Royal Navy will meet your expectations - no matter how ambitious you are.
Name: Matt Punch
What is a typical mission?
Two hours' flying allows us to get Royal Marines Commandos 90 miles from home base - and HMS Ocean allows us to take the front line anywhere. We also fly low to see if roads are safe and are geared up to airlift casualties.
As a junior Officer, is it hard to command experienced people?
The Royal Navy command structure works on leadership and delegation. The team works on mutual respect - you put your life in these people's hands.
What is it like on an overseas mission?
It's changed. Usually you take over duty from another squadron, so you move into an existing base with computers set up. You can e-mail home.
Name: Lauren Hulston
What is it like working on a ship at sea?
Very focused. We may be flying through the night and sleeping through the day. All your time is spent planning, briefing, flying and de-briefing.
You go through at least two years' training to join a front-line squadron. What was the toughest part?
The Aircrew Survival Course is the most gruelling challenge I have ever undergone in my life - but the most satisfying to have completed.
Having a job where I have never been bored, and where I've never thought 'I don't want to go to work tomorrow.'