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 our online chat, which you can find on our website, or on social media, and we’ll get back to you as soon as possible. If you’re interested in a role or are looking for more information, you can find more details on the RAF Recruitment website.

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 the online chat option on the RAF website.

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.

  • 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 at the AFCO.

  • Pre-Joining Fitness Tests are currently not taking place in England but may be taking place in Wales, Scotland and Northern Ireland.

  • Medicals will continue.

  • Pre-Recruit Familiarisation Visits are not taking place.

  • 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 currently not 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.


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 13th November 2020