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What is the hardest part of training?

The hardest part will vary from person to person. Mod 1 can be difficult as you are getting used to getting up early, long hours and adjusting to Military life. Mod 2 is full of new experiences and working in combat environment.

What will I be doing in fitness lessons?

You will be participating in different types of circuits, Aerobic runs, and you will also be exposed to Battle PT where you will be doing things such as stretcher runs and method of movement. The intensity of each PT session will vary from session to session.

What pre-study can I be doing to enhance my chances of success?

You could ask for some advice on ironing of civilian clothes, which will help when you begin to iron all of your military kit. Also acquaint yourself with RAF stations, Aircraft and general knowledge about the MOD (ie key personnel, history of RAF, and procedures). Also research your trade, to give you a greater understanding of what is to come.

How do I inform RTS if I have any special needs before arriving at Halton?

When you arrive for PRTC you will undertake a series of assessments which will be marked by the staff to see if there are any possible learning difficulties highlighted, these will give an insight into if there is any extra mentoring needed. If there is a need for extra assistance, an Individual Learning Plan will be produced to aid you in your learning throughout your time in the RAF.

How many people can I invite to Graduation?

This entirely depends on the amount of recruits on that Intake that are about to graduate. We have limited seats in the stands. Your flight staff will be able to inform you nearer your graduation day.

What happens if there’s an emergency at home whilst I’m away?

Your flight staff will do everything possible to help you. There are also numerous welfare agencies available on site for your support. If there are any issues whilst you are at RAF Halton, highlight them as soon as possible to your flight staff.

What happens if I fail an objective?

If you happen to fail a part of the course, you are able to take a re-sit test and you will be given additional training. If you fail in the second instance, then you may be held back on the Development Flight Jackson to receive extra mentoring and then be “re-coursed” on to the next intake to continue from where you left.

What happens if I’m injured or become sick?

If you become sick or injured you will be sent to the Medical Centre for them to assess you and they will decide what course of action is to be carried out next. Becoming sick or injured doesn’t always result in being re-coursed. Every situation is different. Your flight staff will do all they can to keep you on intake within reason.

Are there any awards or recognitions at the end of the course?

Yes there are rewards. There are 5 awards at the Graduation Parade for best recruit, best effort and determination, best PT, best recruit in Initial Force Protection Training (Module 2) and best recruit nominated by the recruits. You can also be awarded Merits for outstanding behaviour or high standards throughout the 10 weeks.

When will I find out about my trade training beginning?

You will not find out about your Trade Training until nearer the end of the course. There will be a brief from the Servicemen Awaiting Trade Training (SATT) staff a few days before graduation to inform you of: where you are going, if you are able to take annual leave before and whether you need transport to get you there.

Are there any recommendations for items on the kit list – ie good irons

Ensure you have a good iron. Go for a highly rated one. Also a decent ironing board is required with good padding over the board to help you in your ironing. Speak to someone or check reviews if you are unsure.

How are under 18s treated differently?

Under 18’s are treated as any other recruit. However, if you are U18 you will have regular interviews with the Welfare team here to ensure you are safe, happy and also if you need to chat to them about any issues you may have. Also when you arrive at Basic Training, you need to ensure that you bring both U18 consent forms with you parent’s signature on both sheets. This is so when you have your leave, you are able to go home. Without it, you will not be able to leave. Please ensure you have you photo consent form and your leave address form.

What will happen at weekends?

As part of the program you will be required to work certain weekends. There will be possibilities to have local leave and home leave. This is down to the discretion of the flight staff.

What happens if I decide I want to do another trade?

Hopefully before you come to Basic Training you will already be happy with your choice of trade that you have been given. If however you decide to change trade, you will have to complete at least 4 weeks at your Phase two training before you can “re-trade”. It also depends on whether the trade you want is open and also if you have the relevant qualifications needed for that trade.

I can’t make my intake date/don’t want to join the RAF any more, how do I inform you?

Always liaise with you Armed Forces Careers Office (AFCO), they can inform us at RTS.

Do I need to inform RTS if I will require transport on my first day?

No. Liaise with your AFCO if there are any issues. They may speak to the staff at RAF Halton if there is an issue. If on the day of starting you encounter issues please ring the contacts given by the AFCO.

Can I order an Ironing board to RAF Halton, or are there some already here?

Yes. Please bring an ironing board with you. There are some dotted around the site that you can request to use if you’re flying but there are not guaranteed spares.

Can people send me mail?

Yes. Mail can be sent here. You will only be able to used approved couriers. Anything sent through Royal Mail is guaranteed. There will be a slight delay when orders come through our system here, so please allow an extra day or two for it to be given to you. Parcels are to only be essentials and no bigger than a shoebox (excluding Ironing boards)

How many pairs of civilian clothing will I need?

Ensure you bring 2 sets of smart clothing for the first few days you are here. Bring some casual wear for you to relax around the barrack block. Also, if you have local leave or weekend home leave you may want a few pairs of jeans and t-shirts etc. It is best to be minimalistic as any civilian clothing will be inspected and must be up to a high standards.

What can I expect to be doing on SATTs?

If you do not move straight onto your Phase 2, you will be holding on SATTS Flight. (Serviceman Awaiting Trade Training) You will be given daily tasks/ lessons; you may even be loaned out to another RAF Station to do odd jobs. There is potentially opportunity to do some Adventure Training as well as an array of other activities to fill the time until your phase 2.

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