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Aircrew

Weapon Systems Operator (Linguist) Change role
  • 1 Register your interest below
  • 2 Receive details of how
    to complete your full application
  • 3 Start your full
    application to join the RAF

Step 1 Eligibility Check

Age

  • 17.5 – 32 (Must attest before 33rd birthday)

If you’re under 18 years of age, you’ll need consent from a parent or guardian before you apply.

Nationality

Must be a citizen of the United Kingdom since birth and must not hold (and must never have held) any other nationality or citizenship (including joint nationality) with the exception of dual British Irish citizenship.

You must have resided in the UK for 7 years immediately prior to application.

Your parents/spouse must currently have UK citizenship.

Following the MOD announcement that the UK Armed Forces will now be able to recruit commonwealth citizens without the 5 year residency requirement, please note that the RAF continues to apply standard residency requirements for security clearance,  ie, DV employment requires 7-years UK residency immediately prior to enlistment; SC requires 3-years. 

Qualifications

You will need a minimum of 5 GCSEs (or acceptable equivalents) at a minimum of Grade C (Grade 4 to 5 with effect from Aug 17), including English Language and Mathematics or 5 Scottish Certificate of Education (SCE) Standard Grades at a minimum of Grade 2, including English Language and Mathematics or 5 Scottish National Equivalent (SNE) grades at Grade 5, including English Language and Mathematics.

Linguists also need a modern language, although evidence of an ability to learn languages without a formal qualification may be acceptable.

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