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The challenge

Officers and Aircrew Selection Centre


The RAF College Cranwell
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Our primary mission is to defend our
country, but the RAF is also called upon
for countless other tasks, from Search
and Rescue missions across the UK to
supporting disaster relief operations all
over the world.
RAF officers and non-commissioned
aircrew play a vital role in these missions.
They lead and motivate, operate in mentally
and physically demanding environments
and make vital decisions that can affect
both military and civilian lives.
In return, we offer an active, exciting
lifestyle. In addition to your worldwide
duties, youll have the chance to take part in
adventurous training such as rock climbing,
skiing and mountain biking. Youll meet
new people from all over the world and
youll make friends youll keep for life.
Interested? Read on
OPPORTUNITIES
TO EXCEL
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Before you take up the challenge,
we need to assess your suitability
for training. To do this, well invite
you to attend the Officers and
Aircrew Selection Centre (OASC),
based at the RAF College Cranwell
in Lincolnshire.
During your time at OASC your
assessment will be overseen by a
selection board two experienced
RAF officers who will watch how
you perform in the tasks we set you.
A board president a senior RAF
officer will have the final say on
the grade you receive.
Show us determination, dedication
and leadership and in return well
help you reach new heights in your
career. If youve got the right ideas
and attitude and can attain a high
level of physical fitness, you could
be just what were looking for.
SELECTING FOR SUCCESS
From the start, the
RAF is about how
quickly and effectively
you organise yourself
to meet challenges.
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READY TOCHANGE YOUR LIFE?
Your visit to OASC will take several
days and includes:
an initial briefing;
aptitude tests;
an aptitude test review;
the exercise phase;
an interview;
an occupational medical; and
fitness assessments.
Youll be our guest at the RAF
College Cranwell while we assess
your abilities and potential.
Remember, you dont need to be
ready to lead to be successful, just
capable and determined enough to
learn how.
If you think youve got what it takes,
speak to one of our Careers Advisers
at an Armed Forces Careers Office.
They will conduct a preliminary
interview to determine your career
goals and motivation. Make the
right impression and youll be
recommended to attend OASC.
Its important for us to pick the right
candidates, but its just as important
that the RAF is right for you. After the
aptitude test and exercise phase, all
candidates are privately informed
whether they will be progressing to
the next phase of the training. Should
you decide the RAF is not your
preferred career path, youll also
have the option to leave. Just inform
your selection board officer of your
decision before you go.
Its very much the RAF
way each step you
achieve earns you a
shot at your next goal.
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AFTER YOUR ARRIVAL
The initial briefing
We want you to perform to the best
of your abilities during your visit to
OASC. Thats why we make sure you
know whats expected of you while
you are here.
After your arrival at the RAF College
Cranwell, youll have a short briefing
about OASC. This will cover the
tasks we set for you and the
standards we expect you to achieve.
After this briefing, youll have the
rest of the evening to relax in the
Candidates Mess, ready for an early
start the next day.
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RAF aptitude tests are designed to
measure your potential to develop.
They are scientifically proven to help
identify the abilities youll need to
succeed in training and throughout
your career.
What happens in the aptitude
tests?
All tests are taken on a computer and
each starts with sample questions.
Every candidate takes the tests
under the same circumstances in
the same room and with the same
set of instructions. This means that
we can be sure that the results are
a true reflection of your abilities.
Aptitude tests can last for up to six
hours, depending on the career you
have applied for and whether you are
eligible for other roles. For example,
potential Pilots will undergo several
tests for the specific skills they will
need in the cockpit. Potential Air
Traffic Control Officers and Fighter
Control Officers will be tested on
their ability to multi-task.
What are we looking for?
All candidates must have the
potential to absorb RAF training.
To assess this potential, we will
test a range of your natural abilities,
including:
deductive reasoning;
memory;
spatial orientation;
mental agility; and
eye/hand/foot co-ordination.
Aptitude tests
Top tip Practising without a
calculator will build your
confidence in mathematics.
Focus on speed/time/distance
calculations, fractions, decimals,
multiplication and division.
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Aptitude test review
Once we have the results of your
completed tests, you will be invited
to an aptitude test review.
At this stage, we will review your
performance with you. In particular,
we will focus on your skill levels in
the areas that are most important for
the career you have selected.
All reviews take place privately and
in confidence. If there are any areas
where your test results do not meet
the required standards, we will
explain how and where wed expect
you to improve if you made another
application.
The review stage is intended to be
open and honest and we will advise
you if we feel you should try a career
with a different kind of selection
process.
Very few people answer all the
questions. Youre timed, so its
better to move on than let one
question slow you down.
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EXERCISE PHASE
For this phase of your assessment,
youll be placed in a group with three
to five other candidates. Your group
will be, wherever possible, a mixture
of men and women from different
backgrounds with a range of life
experiences.
What happens in the exercises?
Youll complete five leadership
exercises that show in detail your
leadership potential and style in a
variety of challenging environments.
The exercises will include:
a group discussion;
a group planning exercise;
a hangar familiarisation period;
an exercise without a leader;
a command situation exercise; and
an individual planning exercise.
What are we looking for?
During each of the exercises, you will
be assessed on your:
confidence and resilience;
oral communication;
influence;
problem solving; and
teamwork.
Group discussion
For this exercise, you must speak
up for yourself and demonstrate
listening and understanding skills
on three or four topical subjects.
What does this exercise involve?
The board will give you a topic for
discussion that could quickly
become controversial. Every few
minutes they will move the group
on to a new topic. This exercise
lasts approximately 15 minutes.
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For this exercise, your group will be
given printed details of a scenario
containing a number of problems
that you will need to analyse, with a
deadline to devise a solution.
What does this exercise involve?
You will have:
20 minutes to assess the problem
and use your calculations to find a
solution this is done individually;
a 20-minute discussion to decide a
team solution; and
15 minutes of questions from the
board to your group on your
chosen solution.
Group planning exercise
Having considered the
options, you need to
weigh up the potential
solutions and then focus
on the strongest. In
addition to your route,
its important to include
all other aspects of
your plan.
Top tip Try practising your
evaluation and decision-making
skills as well as your
speed/time/distance calculations.
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Hangar familiarisation period
Hangar familiarisation is a 20-minute
presentation designed to:
explain the rules for hangar-based
exercises;
explain the penalties for
infringements of the exercise
rules;
demonstrate some basic
techniques that you may find
useful; and
explain the safety procedures to
reduce the chance of an accident
occurring during the exercises.
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This exercise allows us to assess
your performance when working
within a team. Well be assessing
what kind of leader and team player
you are so be prepared to get
involved and learn from mistakes
rather than avoid being noticed.
What does this exercise involve?
For this exercise, the group must
move itself and its equipment over
an obstacle course anyone in the
group will be free to come up with
ideas on how to meet the challenge.
Exercise without a leader
This exercise proves
why most teams
need good leaders.
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For this exercise, each member of
your group will take a turn as the
leader, taking full responsibility for the
team. The task will be to produce a
plan of how to complete the obstacle
course and then put that plan into
action as a team. Well be assessing
how you encourage and support your
team and how you work as part of the
team when you are not in charge.
What does this exercise involve?
During your turn as leader, youll
have:
two minutes to inspect the course
and equipment, and to formulate a
plan (and possibly a standby
solution); and
13 minutes to complete the
exercise including matching team
members to tasks and motivating
them to support you in meeting
your deadline.
Command situation exercise
Theyre looking for
how well you share
and work together,
not how hard you
fight to be in charge.
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Individual planning exercise
For this exercise you will work alone.
You will be given a challenging
scenario and asked to come up with
a solution. Well be assessing your
planning ability and presentation
skills, so if you havent done a
presentation before you may wish to
practise before your exercise.
What does this exercise involve?
During this exercise, you will have:
20 minutes to assess the problem
and devise a solution; and
10 minutes to make a brief
presentation to explain your
solution and answer questions
from the selection board.
There isnt
necessarily just
one answer, so
consider all the
possible solutions.
Top tip Mental arithmetic will
form a vital part of this exercise
so practise doing sums in your
head or on paper.
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What happens in the interview?
Your interview will last about 45
minutes and be conducted in two
parts.
The first part will be your opportunity
to tell us about your achievements so
far at school and college; in sports; in
your community; at work or as a cadet,
scout or guide etc. Remember to
include some information about your
background if youve had just a few
opportunities in life but have made the
most of every one, you may impress
us most of all.
The second part of your interview will
be about your motivation for joining
the RAF. Well ask you about your
knowledge of our organisation, our
vision and about military and current
affairs.
During this interview, we will confirm
that your choice of RAF career has not
changed and that we have your up-to-
date contact details. You will also have
the opportunity to ask any questions
about the RAF.
What are we looking for?
To prove you are fit to be a leader in a
military environment, you need to
have several key skills. During the
interview, you will be assessed on:
manner;
speech and power of expression;
activities and interests;
physical fitness level and potential;
awareness;
motivation; and
overall impact.
Interview
Top tip Take some time to learn
more about the RAF before your
visit. You can learn about our
history, our commitments and
our current missions here.
Dont try to guess what the officers on the board want
to hear. Youre more likely to come across well if you
act naturally.
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Occupational medical
The RAF needs to be sure that all
personnel are medically fit to carry
out military service. Therefore, all
potential candidates must undertake
an assessment to make sure they
meet our medical standards. These
standards are laid down by law and
everyone joining must pass them.
The medical requirements for some
specialist roles, such as Pilot, may
necessitate further tests. For more
information about the health
requirements in the RAF, visit our
health page.
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Physical fitness is a key attribute for
our officers and non-commissioned
aircrew. Its likely during your career
that you will have to make important
decisions when tired and under
pressure physical fitness will help
you to stay mentally alert during
these situations.
What happens in the fitness tests?
The RAF Fitness Test is made up of
three elements:
A multi-stage bleep test will test
your aerobic endurance.
Sit-ups will test your core strength
and endurance.
Press-ups will test your upper body
strength and muscular ability.
What are we looking for?
Candidates are required to pass all
three elements before being
considered for further training.
The required fitness standards and a
further outline of these tests will be
given in your initial briefing.
Fitness assessments
Start training as soon as you can
when you find out your assessment
date, it could be too late.
Top tip Its important to start
working on your fitness as soon
as possible; take a look at our
selection of fitness programmes.
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After OASC
When you leave OASC, the officers
who assessed you will discuss your
performance against our objective
criteria with the board president. The
president will award you a grade and
you will be considered in competition
with other candidates applying for
the same branch.
We will inform you of your results
approximately 3/4 weeks after you
leave OASC. Successful candidates
will then be invited to attend further
training.
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Identification: The original (not a
copy) of your birth certificate,
evidence of educational or
professional qualifications and your
bank details (so we can pay your
travel expenses promptly).
Money: Enough cash to pay for
any drinks if you stay overnight and
incidentals for your return journey.
We cannot cash cheques on base.
Suitable clothing: We will provide
overalls for you to wear for the
exercise phase. You will need
trainers and sports clothes for the
fitness and health assessments.
For the evenings, men will require
a jacket and tie, and women will
require a dress, a trouser suit or
a shirt and jacket.
We recommend wearing flat-soled
shoes for the aptitude tests. There
are no coat hangers in the
accommodation block, so bring
your own, together with towels
and washing kit.
WHAT TO BRING WITH YOU
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HOW TO GET TO OASC
Officers and Aircrew Selection Centre,
Adastral Hall,
PO Box 1000,
RAF Cranwell,
Sleaford,
Lincolnshire NG34 8GZ
Tel: 01400 266745/266792
*The nearest railway station is
Grantham. If you are travelling by
rail, RAF transport will meet you
at the station. Specific collection
times will be advised when you
are invited to OASC.
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TheRAF vision
An Air Force that:
is trained and equipped to generate air power
as a vital contribution to the security of the UK
and as a force for good in the world;
is proud of its heritage but modern and flexible;
fosters professionalism and team spirit founded
on commitment and self-discipline; and
offers opportunity to all, a rewarding career
and skills for life.
Equal opportunities
The RAF values every individuals unique
contribution, irrespective of race, ethnic origin,
religion, gender, sexual orientation or social
background. However, for reasons of combat
effectiveness, the RAF Regiment is open to
men only.
Welfare in the RAF
To find out more about the RAFs commitment
to the care and welfare of its personel, visit
rafcareers.com/leavinghome
The information in this brochure was correct at the time of
publication but may have changed since. Please check with
our careers information staff for current details.
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