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 Post subject: Re: RAAF Loadmaster
PostPosted: Tue Dec 13, 2016 4:49 pm 
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Having been at 37SQN on two postings:
1. You will be away a LOT. Lots of internal trips flying or deliver cargo or PAX. O'seas trips get picked over by the senior guys then trickle down to the juniors. There are also a lot of broken loadies so the workload increases as more and more are on chits for various injuries etc.
2. There are a few ex movers and box packers there as Loadies so no dramas there. Probably helps a bit with the cargo/weight component of the course which trips most of the trainees up.
3. A typical day can be anything depending on the SQN flying commitments, training, admin and PT etc. Flying to and from Londonderry/Nowra practising load drops or just flying around as the aircrew get their hours up.
4. Yes. Its one of AMG's roles while at home.
5. Depends on the individual. Lots of the old loadies are pretty worn out, tired and had enough. others lap it all up. As far as jobs go its not too bad, can be very taxing physically and mentally but also very rewarding as well. They spend a lot of time away from home so if you have family its something they need to be made aware of. There is very little sympathy for clingy spouse syndrome.
6. Yes, usually with Singapore, Malaysia and sometimes Indonesia. Seniors get the USA gigs if its a new capability being introduced.
7. Loadies are at Richmond and Amberley. That's it for RAAF unless they are doing an ANYA job elsewhere.
A lot of these questions probably could be answered on the Defence recruiting website but the above is a quick and dirty for you.
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 Post subject: Re: RAAF Loadmaster
PostPosted: Tue Dec 13, 2016 7:51 pm 
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Does it set you up for much in terms of post discharge career's?


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 Post subject: Re: RAAF Loadmaster
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??????????
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Sure, as long as Australia post palletises gear then shoves it off a ramp somewhere!
Making toasted sandwiches and coffee along with re heating frozo's may get you a gig in a cafe somewhere................
No idea really as I am not one.


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 Post subject: Re: RAAF Loadmaster
PostPosted: Fri Sep 07, 2018 3:52 pm 
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Has anyone gone through as a loadmaster recently? Would love to ask some questions if anyone is open to a chat with some experience in the area.

I did my YOU session yesterday and even though another role was my first preference I've always been interested in the role of loadmaster and when they asked if I wanted to sit the additional testing even though it wasn't recruiting currently I figured I may as well have a crack at it as I was already there for the day, well I got my results and after speaking with an member of the airforce afterward I'd done really well on the test and she encouraged me to pursue it, if it was something I was interested in.

Certainly have some thinking to do


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