Airman / Airwoman
The majority of RAF personnel are airmen and airwomen, who are employed in a wide range of ground support roles.
As an airman or airwoman you do not have a commission – but that’s not to say you couldn’t earn one later in your career.
The rank structure for non-commissioned staff is:
- Leading Aircraftman/woman (LAC)
- Senior Aircraftman/woman (SAC)
- Senior Aircraftman/woman Technician (SAC(T))
- Corporal (Cpl)
- Sergeant (Sgt)
- Chief Technician (Chf Tech)
- Flight Sergeant (Flt Sgt)
- Warrant Officer (WO).
You will join as an Aircraftman/Aircraftwoman, your rank while you complete basic recruit training. You will be promoted to Leading Aircraftman/Aircraftwoman after six months or when you complete your trade training, whichever occurs first.
You will normally be promoted to Senior Aircraftman/Aircraftwoman after you have passed a trade ability test and have completed one year’s total service.
Promotion to Corporal and above is by competitive selection.