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PostPosted: 30 Sep 2011, 17:34 
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Good day fellow SAAF enthusiasts,

This post is just to tell those who would like more gen on the selection
subject about my perspective of the selection week that i just had
(25 Sept 2011 - 30 Sept 2011).

Day 1

- You will probably be picked up by the military bus at the Bosman station in Pretoria.
I heard of a few people who came from far away places and their transport to Bosman
was covered by the SAAF themselves. Meaning the SAAF arranged bus tickets for them
to get to Bosman at the SAAF's expense.

- From there you stop at either the Spar or Petroport for some snacks and or water on
your way to Ditholo. (close to the new Dinokeng Reserve near Hammanskraal)
Water and food is supplied at Ditholo.

- Once there you eat, receive a briefing about the happenings and go to sleep.
They have showers, food, water, including warm water, beds and military sleeping bags.
(You are allowed to bring own bed gear if you prefer)

- Have a good nights rest.

Day 2

- Wake up (probably at 04:15 so that everyone gets a shower)

- Report in rows and wait for the Sergeant to give clearance to go and eat at the mes.
Breakfast usually consists of eggs(scrambled or normal) (no you can't choose which, they
choose for you). Sometimes a russian is included. There's a lot of bread and rice krispies
as well. (you wash your own varkpan after every meal, haha always funny to find out at
dinner that some people understand 'wash' as rinse it with water)(don't worry, you won't die.
Plus the food is good. seriously)

- After eating you climb the bus to go to the SAAF HQ in Pretoria for a whole day of briefings.
It's really an honour to be briefed by those men and or women. They start with briefings on contracts,
basic training, officer forming and ab initio training. Then one person from each line comes to tell you about
that specific line of flying. Flying hours expected, things you will do, aircraft you will fly
(if you don't know what aircraft the SAAF operates are you even supposed to be there?
do some research man!)

- After the very informative briefings that got you're even more excited(didn't know that was possible)
you go back to Ditholo, eat. (If theres time soccer or touch rugby (if you want) (and provide own ball))

- 8 Hours sleep required for psychometric

Day 3

- Wake up, eat.

- Take bus to MPI (military psychological institute) to do the psychometric test after they briefed
you on the selection and the test you are about to take. (not specifying any details about the test for obvious reasons)

- Afterwards head on to HQ to find out who made it and who didn't.

- Depends where you are from get dropped of at Bosman or not.

- Back to Ditholo, sleep.

Day 4

- Wake up, eat.

- Take bus to MPI again.

- Once arrived you get briefed on the Vienna and what it entails.

- Do the Vienna test(psychomotor) (no details for obvious reasons)

- head back to HQ to hear who made it.

- Go back to Ditholo if you made it(sometimes the guys who didn't make it go back as well
to leave the next day)

- eat sleep.

Day 5

- Wake up for the first day of medicals

- Not eat breakfast(you aren't allowed to eat from the previous evening 2200)

- Go to which i believe is 7 medical battalion(please excuse if this was noted incorrectly)
(It is situated near Netcare Unitas)

- There you will speak to a psychologist, draw blood for tests, do an eye test, lung function test,
ECG an EEG and urine test.
(above test may vary because of the fact that the medical stretches over two days)

- Ditholo eat sleep.

Day 6

- Wake up, EAT! like a beast haha

- Bus to 1mil for x rays and hearing test.

- You are now done.

- they will contact you for an interview later on.

- get dropped of at Bosman.

- Go home.



Notes:
- You are provided with a lunch pack every day.
Ours consisted of two sandwiches(sometimes one sandwich and a pie)
a small chocolate, juice box, and a fresh fruit.
(can be summarised as 'a little packet of joy')

- Diner can vary from chicken to liver. they do cater for those who don't
eat certain foods. As stated before food is good.

- If you don't have a passion to become a Military Aviator don't apply and
waste their time please. (we had 5 people who left on day 2 when they realised
what it actually meant to become a SAAF Pilot.)

- Measure yourself before hand. If you aren't taller than 1.60m they won't let
you through after the first day. (don't not apply when you miss it by just 2cm
or so, but don't apply when your 1.50m. You are then wasting time.

- Bring lots of gees! if you're negative about the government, military procedures
or anything else related to that don't come and make it unpleasant for everyone.



That's all from me. Best of luck guys! :smt023

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PostPosted: 30 Sep 2011, 18:04 
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Excellent! Great insight! You my friend will go far in life. Your attitude is spot on. Good luck with the process! Note to all aspirant applicants..."MILITARY AVIATOR"!!!


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Thank you for that really informative read!!! Good luck for the rest of the selection process. :)


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Military Aviator ....

Hmm .... :roll:

Maybe only if and when a 'pilot' gets a mention in VLAMGAT 2. 8) :wink:

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Excellent feedback nileman_, many thanks for taking the trouble to post.

Great attitude and wishing you all the best. Remember, if at first you don't succeed, try and try again. :smt023


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it seems selections have changed somewhat for the better, sounds like it is alot more organised and less hurry up&wait scenarios as was customary in my days

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Hey Mav, you're not that old. :lol:


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Dean wrote:
Hey Mav, you're not that old. :lol:


:lol: :smt023

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hehe! I know, but it certainly feels so! Good to see theres new kids on the block knocking on the door as we did 6 years ago!

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Hey fellow forumites!

I also recently attended selections and did a blog entry about it. You can read all about my experience here... http://my-saaf-journey.blogspot.com/2011/10/what-experience.html

It's not as straight forward as nilemans' but you should be able to get a rough picture of what it's like! :smt023

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Thanks Ace! :smt023


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Well done on the results, wish you luck on your final tests (matric ones included :D ), keep us posted on the rest


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Very interesting, brings back some memories, from waaaay back! 1981 to be precise. The "standard" study guide in those days was good old Herman Potgieter's book, "Aircraft of the South African Air Force" We were in a "tentedorp" near Mil Med Institute. It seemed every guys bed in that tent had a copy of that book lying on it! I also phoned a guy to find out when we must report for the final interview, only for him to tell me he had not made the final medical EEG...didn't know what to say!

In the interview I told them the C160 has the biggest production propellers on it, in the world, all this obtained in the Herman Pottie book. Judging from the looks they gave eachother, I had told them something they hadn't actually know either! Well that was the start of many interesting years...of being embarrassed.... about being paid for what I was doing!!


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