William to quit as pilot at the end of his tour - AIBU to think he should pay for part of his training?

(27 Posts)
kim147 Mon 22-Apr-13 10:54:47

Pilots are expected to serve 6 years as a RAF pilot. After all the training does cost £800,000.

But rules are flexible in some cases. Like being a Royal and all that.

The RAF argue it's good for him to learn about the military as his Royal role. Maybe he should be a vicar as well?

www.mirror.co.uk/news/uk-news/prince-william-owe-taxpayer-400000-1844015

Gruntfuttocks Mon 22-Apr-13 10:57:23

Oh FFS, it's not like he has much choice in the matter, is it?

Lottashakingoinon Mon 22-Apr-13 10:58:11

Well if this is how it pans out I think of course he should pay it back.

However I think Y (and I ) ABU to expect anything other than preferential treatment for this most privilege of young men.

<Runs and hides>

Callisto Mon 22-Apr-13 10:58:38

Yes, YABU.

Lottashakingoinon Mon 22-Apr-13 10:59:19

Personal anquish (quoting from the Mirror here) my aunt fanny!

kim147 Mon 22-Apr-13 10:59:20

He's young. Got plenty of time left in him. Taxpayers have paid for him - I can't see why he shouldn't do the job he has.

It's not like he'll be King for a while.

Forgetfulmog Mon 22-Apr-13 11:01:21

Seriously?? We're getting our news stories from The Mirror??

CloudsAndTrees Mon 22-Apr-13 11:01:44

YABU, unless you are proposing we also start charging every doctor, nurse, midwife, physiotherapist, police officer, and every other professional that has had state input into their training as well if they decide to leave.

Saltire Mon 22-Apr-13 11:02:13

Hmm, that might be the reason that there's no money available to do up my married quarter!

kim147 Mon 22-Apr-13 11:03:37

clouds Pilots are required to complete a minimum time in service, Unlike other professionals you mention.

sue52 Mon 22-Apr-13 11:03:40

If he is ready, willing and able to repay the £400,000, he should be allowed to. It would be good PR for him in the "we're all in this togheter" age. I love the idea of hm taking a Vicatr training course. Just what's needed for the future head of the Church Of England.

EasilyBored Mon 22-Apr-13 11:03:42

I know of two non total people who have been allowed to leave the forces before their allocated time after training and have not been asked to pay the money back, due to their personal circumstances. So YABU.

MidniteScribbler Mon 22-Apr-13 11:03:49

Does everyone who leaves before their time is up get hit with a bill?

The article states that if the RAF requested it, that it would be paid. So did you actually read the article, or just see something about the royal family that you could complain about?

HoHoHoNoYouDont Mon 22-Apr-13 11:03:55

I'm sure he would love to stay and do the job if he had a choice. There is pressure on him to become more involved in Royal duties.

EasilyBored Mon 22-Apr-13 11:04:09

Non royal people, sorry.

kim147 Mon 22-Apr-13 11:04:15

forgetful Sure it will be in the Guardian soon.

scaevola Mon 22-Apr-13 11:05:47

If it's genuinely a time barred post, then he will have to serve it out or refund - just like everyone else. If it's not time barred, he can leave with normal notice period - just like anyone else.

Utter twaddle of a non-story.

kim147 Mon 22-Apr-13 11:06:24

I'm sure he can afford it. And the RAF could do with the money.

kim147 Mon 22-Apr-13 11:08:11

Still he's done his bit. Done a good job for a few years. Shame about someone who really wanted to be a career pilot in the RAF but never got the opportunity for that training place.

EasilyBored Mon 22-Apr-13 11:08:52

But they let us plebs do it too. It's got nothing to do with him being a royal.

I thought that the role was in danger of being outsourced anyway.

scaevola Mon 22-Apr-13 11:14:57

BTW, he hasn't actually said that he's going to be leaving.

It says if he decides to go - it's not just a non-story, it's the recycling of a speculative piece from the People.

DorisIsWaiting Mon 22-Apr-13 11:21:51

Like travelin says he's really limited if they outsource search and rescue, what will he do he's not really been around long enough to become an instructor, and he won't be allowed on the frontline so it would just be a desk job anyway, what a waste of his training.

GirlOutNumbered Mon 22-Apr-13 11:25:11

YABU.
Red the article and notice that it's a non story.

Pigsmummy Mon 22-Apr-13 11:27:31

If he has to pay it will be tax payers money anyhow so what's the point? He has served and been successful in his role.

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