RAF Recruitment COVID-19 Information

Thank you for your interest in a career in the Royal Air Force

In the Royal Air Force, our top priority is the wellbeing of our country and community. We are monitoring the ongoing Coronavirus (COVID-19) situation and are continuing to follow the latest Government advice. To keep everyone as safe as possible, we have decided to adjust our recruitment process. All face-to-face visits to AFCOs are suspended and some stages of the recruitment process are on hold but all applications remain ‘live’. Please take a moment to review the information below and check whether you are affected by the changes.

You can reach the RAF team through the Live Chat on this site or through our social media channels and we’ll get back to you as soon as possible.

Please be aware that some roles have a slow recruitment process, in some cases this can take over a year to complete. This is because training places for the considerable future have already been allocated. The recruitment process for some roles are much quicker because there is a current requirement to fill training places, this can be discussed with your local AFCO over the phone or via Live Chat on this site.

I have submitted an application

  • Due to the current COVID-19 situation, you may experience longer waiting times for your application to be processed. Please be assured that your application will be actioned in due course and you will be notified via your candidate portal as soon as possible.

I have already applied

  • Your AFCO/Recruiter will get in touch with you via your candidate portal, email or by telephone to give you more information and tell you which stages of the process you can still attend.

  • Please keep your candidate diary as up-to-date as possible, so we can check when you’re available.

Airmen applications

  • Our AFCOs are not open to visits or walk-in visitors but are open virtually via phone and email.
  • We are not carrying out face-to-face interviews, but are carrying out video interviews.
  • Airmen Selection Tests (AST) are being carried out by invite only.
  • Pre-Joining Fitness Tests are now taking place.
  • Medicals will continue.
  • Pre-Recruit Familiarisation Visits are only taking place for RAF Regiment applicants at RAF Honington.
  • Phase One Training dates are still valid for Airmen roles.

All information regarding dates will come through via your candidate portal. You will be contacted as soon as there is more information regarding your application.

Officer applications

  • We are carrying out the Computer Based Aptitude Tests (CBAT) and Officer & Aircrew Selection Centre (OASC) dates. You will receive Joining Instructions once you're allocated a date.
  • Medicals will continue.
  • Pre-Joining Fitness Tests are now taking place.
  • Initial Officer Training (IOT) dates will not be impacted at this time.

The Officer and Aircrew Selection Centre Board Presidents and their staff will be in touch with all impacted candidates shortly, but in the meantime please do not hesitate to contact your Careers Adviser or the Officer and Aircrew Selection Centre should you have any immediate questions.

Everyone who has submitted an application to the RAF needs to read this document.

We will update this information as quickly as possible if any of the process changes over the coming days/weeks.

We value every application and are grateful for your patience.

The RAF Recruitment Team

Last updated: Friday 6th August 2021