One thing that has not been discussed on this issue is demographic. The majority of the RAF is under 30 and nobody over 55. The demographic of the ATC is very different, the majority of officers are over 35 with many over 50 and some who are over 60.
On the whole young people are shinny and older people are fatter. It’s not called middle aged spread for nothing.
This topic is really all about the RAF who are young trying to make the older ATC look like them.
What are the fitness targets for a 60 year old?
The reason why in my wing there are 2 WSO over 60 is that there are no officers to replace them (There were 4 60plus WSO last December). A WSO said to me that there will be 6 units in the wing run by NCOs by the summer. My wing and the ATC in general is very short of good officers. The ATF are cancelling OIC courses because there are so few baby Plt Offs. A CI went to OASC failed the selection and is now a Sgt (ATC). He will be taking over a sqn because there is nobody else to take over the unit. Not good enough to be an officer according to OASC but still given a sqn by the wing. ???
I am over 18 stone, BMI of over 30. Do need to join the gym, dye my hair blond and get blue contact lenses to babysit other people children. At 24 I had a waist line of 32” but that was 20 years ago. Now middle aged 40” waist, still wear uniform off the peg and getting around Nijmegen, run around the hills but I am too heavy for flying.
If I had joined the RAF for 22 years at leaving school I would have been out for 4 years by now. This is the issue. That poor sod in Lincoln was not a 22 year old but a middle aged guy who is doing his best for his sqn. Perhaps we should blame HQAC who expect one set of No1s to last our whole officer career. This could be 40 years.