Saturday, November 6, 2004

can I make it??

    Going for 5-hr CPSS Test on 23 Nov 8am
    some research:

    * If I'm phased out from pilot training, will I still have to serve my National Service as an NS man with my initial unit or somewhere else?
    You are likely to be posted back to the previous Army unit where you came from. The only exception is if you have been commissioned as an RSAF Officer during pilot training, you will remain in the Air Force as an NS man

    * Is it possible to apply to be a pilot right after BMT or must I complete my 2 ½ years of NS first. Also, can I apply for pilot before I graduate and then go straight into the Air Force after I have graduated?
    Yes, you can apply 3 months before your studies are completed. However, you will cross over to RSAF for pilot training only after BMT, provided that you are found suitable for pilot training.

    * Will taking supplementary paper(s) affect my application as a pilot or my future in the Air Force if I am selected to be a pilot?
    Supplementary paper(s) will not affect your application as a pilot but you must pass your polytechnic course in order to qualify for this vocation.

    * Is it possible to take pilot as my career when I am under a bond with the Army?
    It is possible provided you meet the entry criteria for the pilot vocation. The entry criteria can be found at our website:"FLY HIGH" section, or you can call our recruitment staff at 1800 270 1010

    * What happens after I have submitted my application form?
    Once we have determined that you fulfil our basic criteria, you will be invited to attend and sit for a test, using the Computerised Pilot Selection System (CPSS).

    * What is the purpose of the CPSS testing?
    The test using the CPSS is specially designed to help us assess if you have the aptitude to become a pilot

    * What will be required of me during the test?
    You are required to answer a series of questions at the computer terminal. Your answers will indicate your sense of direction, response speed and abilities in multi-tasking and instrument reading. You will also be tested on your psychomotor skills, and finally be put through a personality test.

    * Will there be guidelines given to me during the test?
    Yes, detailed instructions will be given. Follow these instructions closely and answer as many questions as possible.

    * What is the duration of the CPSS test and where is it held?
    It is a five-hour test conducted at the SAF Careers Centre at Depot Road, CMPB.

    * What happens after I have done the CPSS test?
    If you pass the CPSS, we will schedule you for a thorough medical examination at our medical centres. In particular, our aviation doctors will look out for symptoms like asthma, hypertension, migraine and astigmatism, as these conditions may render a person unsuitable for pilot training.

    * Should I be mindful of my diet before attending the medical examinations? You should try to maintain a balanced diet, and drink plenty of water before going for the medical examinations. It is also recommended that you stay away from using earphones as they may affect your ability to pick up low decibel sounds.

    * Is the medical examination important?
    Yes, it is important because the outcome will determine your medical fitness and suitability for flying.

    * Will there be any other tests after I have passed the CPSS and the medical examinations?
    No. However, you will be required to attend the Pilot Selection Interview, where you will be presented to the Pilot Selection Board.

    * Who will make up the Board?
    The Pilot Selection Board comprises the Commander of Flying Training School (FTS) as Chairman, and other senior officers from FTS and HQ RSAF.

    * What is the purpose of this interview
    The purpose is to get to know you better. We will also be interested to know why you wish to become a pilot, your personality traits, your potential to take on leadership roles and, most importantly, if you have the X-factor to be a pilot.

    * How long does it take to complete the entire selection process from the day of application?
    The entire selection process will take about three to four months to complete. This process has been awarded the ISO 9002 certification since April 1996

    * Does it mean I will commence pilot training once I have passed the selection process?
    You will first need to go through Basic Military Training, perform consistently well during BMT and be selected for Officer Cadet Training.

    * Then why the need to be selected for OCS?
    This is because other than being trained as a pilot, you will also need to be trained to become a good leader and an exemplary member of society.

    * How long is the Airgrading Course?
    It is a two-month course and you will train in Tamworth, Australia. The following Training Road Map illustrates the stages of the Pilot Training Course. BMTTamworth AirgradingTri-Service TermAir Force Service TermPearce Basic Flying PhaseAdvanced Flying Phase 10 weeks2 months1 month2 months10 months11 months

    * What is available to me if I wish to pursue tertiary education?
    The University Cadet Pilot Training Scheme (UCPTS) is specially designed for qualified RSAF pilots.

    * How does the UCPTS work for me?
    The UCPTS allows you to disrupt your career for tertiary studies after becoming a Pilot with the RSAF. However, you must have already qualified for a place in either NUS or NTU. You will be given an annual book allowance while continuing to receive your pilot's pay throughout the duration of your studies. Furthermore, your tuition fees and other approved charges will be fully borne by the RSAF.

    * When exactly will I be able to disrupt my career for further studies under the UCPTS?
    You will be able to do so when you have obtained operational category B status as a pilot after graduating from the Pilot Training Course.

    * Are there any restrictions on the course of study that I will read in the varsity?
    Usually, you are allowed to read most courses other than Medicine, Architecture and Accountancy. However, if you have a Science background, you are encouraged to take up a Science or Engineering course in the university, as we prefer our operators to be techno-savvy.

    * Will I be allowed to read Law in the university?
    Yes. However, you will not be allowed to undertake the Bar examinations

    * Will I be required to serve a bond upon graduating from the university?
    Yes. The bond is eight years.

    * Will I be allowed to pursue tertiary education overseas under UCPTS?
    Yes, provided it is at an approved university.

    * Are the terms similar to local terms?
    The terms offered are based on local university charges. The candidate will absorb any cost that is in excess of local charges.

took 2-hr MAPAS Test on 28th Oct 2004
Some research:

enlistees also sit for a series of computer-administered tests, known as Manpower Aptitude Assessment (MAPAS), conducted at the Vocational Assessment Centre (VAC). These tests assess a person's cognitive ability, or the mental ability to process information quickly and accurately. Some of these mental abilities measured include memory, speed of response, abstract reasoning, the ability to follow complex instructions, the ability to solve mathematical problems, and mental spatial ability.

The reason for these tests?
A psychologist in the Personnel Psychology Branch in the Applied Behavioral Sciences Department, Mr Chris De Roza (left), said the test results play a part in placing enlistees into vocations where their abilities can be best used, thereby allowing the SAF to optimise use of limited manpower resources. However, Mr De Roza was quick to dispel the idea that vocation was determined even before enlistment. "The enlistee's medical condition and physical abilities also matter. And a lot depends on his performance during BMT, for example, how he interacts with his peers, and how his commanders rate him. Performance in field tests is also a consideration for selection into leadership training schools." "Only by putting all these factors together with the aptitude test, can we then get a clearer picture of the type of person the enlistee is, and which vocation best suits him." Thus it is important to take MAPAS seriously. Advised Mr de Roza: "Like in other examinations, get a good night's sleep before the test. So you can do your best for the test and we can then profile your aptitude accurately. We can then match you with a job that suits your profile, and you will be more motivated at work, and perform better at it."

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