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AIRCREW OFFICER (PILOT AND OBSERVER)

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    You must be able to prioritise your workload, and always be willing to be flexible and adapt to new circumstances at short notice. You need to be completely reliable and able to perform at your very best at any time of day or night. You need to be able to think in three dimensions. As a Lynx or Merlin Observer, you should add the ability to visualise what is happening where you cannot see - under water. You also need leadership qualities and skills to deal with the management work your missions and aircraft demand, and the personnel responsibilities that are part of being an Officer in the Royal Navy.

    Routes into the Royal Navy

    If you are at school or a school leaver, you can apply for Naval College Entry and go straight to Britannia Royal Naval College to begin your officer training.

    If you are a graduate, you can apply for Direct Graduate Entry.

    Your future

    Royal Navy Pilot training is accredited with the Civilian Aircraft Authority (CAA), so with the right experience and exam passes, you will be able to gain a commercial pilot's licence. Pilot and Observer training for those who join the Fleet Air Arm without a degree is credited towards an Open University degree and funding is available to help pay for this. You can add units for an honours degree after training.

    All the skills and qualifications you can gain are recognised and valued by businesses outside the Royal Navy, and you will find they open up a wide range of opportunities for you if you decide to leave.

     

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