How to Join
Joining a University Air Squadron
The recruiting period for most University Air Squadrons takes place during September to October. Squadrons visit University Freshers' Fairs on specific dates, which are found on their respective websites. It is important to note that there are specific eligibility requirements, which can be found by clicking here.
Enlistment and Status
If successful through all aspects of the selection process, you will join the respective squadron associated with your university with the rank of Officer Cadet. University Air Squadron membership carries no obligation for you to join the Royal Air Force, on the other hand the Royal Air Force does not have to offer you a commission.
As an RAF(VR) member you will be subject to Royal Air Force law and will be expected to behave in a way that will not bring the Royal Air Force into disrepute. Your university air squadron membership will be terminated if you fail to make satisfactory progress, or if you decide the University Air Squadron is not for you then you may resign at any time.
Joining the Royal Air Force and obtaining sponsorship
Many students are so attracted by the lifestyle that they decide to apply for sponsorship to help them through their degree, or apply for direct entry into the Royal Air Force upon graduation. This necessitates a visit to OASC (Officer and Aircrew Selection Centre) at RAF College Cranwell. Those successful in applying for sponsorship may be offered a Bursary in exchange for a commitment to take a short-service or permanent commission after leaving university.
For further enquiries on this matter please contact your local Armed Forces Careers Office or visit the RAF careers website using the link in the top right hand corner of this page.
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If you are looking for information on a particular UAS click here to find its own website.
The MOD offers several levels of sponsorship through A-levels and University. Click here to find out what might be available to you.
Each UAS recruits at a variety of University Freshers' Fairs. See the appropriate sqn pages for details.If you're already on a UAS and looking for sponsorship, speak to your Sqn Adjt for the latest information
Unfortunately not everyone is able to join a UAS. Follow this link to see whether you are you eligible to apply.
The UAS is buzzing with activity on a daily basis. Find out what our squadrons have been up to on their own gallery pages.