Royal Air Force Music Careers

Careers In RAF Music

Current Vacancies: Oboe, Clarinet, Saxophone, Trumpet, Tenor Trombone, Tuba, Bass Guitar/String Bass, Double Bass, Percussion

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What standard should you be?
To join the RAF as a musician you will need to have a minimum playing standard of ABRSM Grade 8 or equivalent.

Entry is by audition based upon the format of the Grade 8 examination. Entry level is determined at that audition; either Part-Qualified (the minimum standard acceptable), or Qualified (typically at college graduate/diploma standard).

Basic Recruit Training
Basic recruit training takes place over 10 weeks at RAF Halton in Buckinghamshire

Part-Qualified Entry
Salary - £19,634.52
After Basic Recruit Training, Part-Qualified Entrants will spend approximately 12 weeks at Headquarters Music Services. They will undertake further study on their instrument, learn band drill, and complete written projects prior to final assessment and posting to a band.

Qualified Entry
Salary - £25,272.24
After Basic Recruit Training, Qualified Entrants will spend approximately 4 weeks at Headquarters Music Services for Familiarization Training before their first posting.

The initial contract is for twelve years, but notice to leave can be given, subject to a qualifying period of service.

The upper age limit for musicians applying is 39 years on the day of attestation (the first day on Recruit Training). The lower age limit is 17 ½.
Further details on the RAF Recruitment Eligibility Check

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