Cyberspace sets up, operates and maintains the technology the Royal Air Force relies on to communicate as well as combating the latest digital threats.

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CYBERSPACE

The Cyberspace profession is responsible for the RAF’s communications and information systems that protect and defend the UK’s cyberspace.

It is the backbone of the digital infrastructure and undertakes the planning, installation, maintenance and recovery of the communication equipment. By supporting the networks that are required to communicate and move information safely and securely, it provides the ability to complete the mission

ENGINEERING OFFICER (CE)

As an Officer in the Cyberspace profession, you will be responsible for leading your team and making technical decision when it matters most. This is a degree level role with world-class training.

Cyberspace Technicians

As a Cyberspace Technician you will be trained extensively on all of the RAF’s cutting-edge communications equipment. Apprenticeships available in Communications.

CYBERSPACE

The Cyberspace profession is responsible for the RAF’s communications and information systems that protect and defend the UK’s cyberspace.

It is the backbone of the digital infrastructure and undertakes the planning, installation, maintenance and recovery of the communication equipment. By supporting the networks that are required to communicate and move information safely and securely, it provides the ability to complete the mission

ENGINEERING OFFICER (CE)

As an Officer in the Cyberspace profession, you will be responsible for leading your team and making technical decision when it matters most. This is a degree level role with world-class training.

Cyberspace Technicians

As a Cyberspace Technician you will be trained extensively on all of the RAF’s cutting-edge communications equipment. Apprenticeships available in Communications.

Meet Jamie

Jamie has been an Engineer Officer (Communication Electronics) in the RAF for 5 years, accumulating a wealth of knowledge and experience.

Meet Jamie

Jamie has been an Engineer Officer (Communication Electronics) in the RAF for 5 years, accumulating a wealth of knowledge and experience.

Get paid to train, travel the world and find friends for life.

ABOUT LIFE IN THE RAF

Working in Cyberspace is highly technical so we invest in world leading training and qualifications to develop ‘deep’ specialisms in our people. As part of Cyberspace you will keep the RAF at the cutting edge of technological advances. Your work will allow teams to communicate effectively with the confidence that information is being transferred safely and securely.

You will work as part of a highly trained and technologically skilled team safeguarding our IT networks from intrusions, coordinating the RAF’s vast array of information and establishing overseas networks and equipment for Deployed Commanders and Air Traffic Services.

Cyberspace Communication Specialist creating network architecture diagram

You won't just be on defence, you could develop the expertise and capability to exploit opportunities and gain a military advantage over our adversaries. We can conduct cyberspace operations to deny, disrupt and degrade their capabilities in the air, space, land, sea and cyberspace domains.

You could be deployed worldwide to establish and secure advanced, encrypted communication networks, plus radars and air traffic equipment.

Life in the RAF is more than just a job. We offer a highly competitive benefits package. There are sporting opportunities and facilities available to everyone. You'll have the chance to travel the world and make new friends all whilst keeping in touch with friends and family at home.

Female and male Cyberspace Communication specialists inspecting network traffic

Why join the RAF?

  • Rent from £75p/m
  • Free gym
  • Subsidised food
  • Health care
  • World travel
  • Training

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CYBERSPACE FAQS

What qualifications do I need for Cyberspace roles?

TO APPLY FOR THIS OFFICER ROLE IN THE CYBERSPACE PROFESSION YOU NEED TO:

  • Be aged between 17 years and 6 months and 47
  • Have a Bachelors or Masters degree in a subject relevant to the role you are applying for (i.e. Aeronautical Engineering, Electronic Engineering, Computer Science etc)
  • Have a GCSE at grade C/4 or above; or SNE equivalent grade 5 or above in English Language
  • Be a UK, UK/Dual Nationality or Republic of Ireland citizen or have been a Commonwealth citizen since birth

 

TO APPLY FOR AN CYBERSPACE TECHNICIAN ROLE YOU NEED TO:

  • Be aged between 15 years and 9 months and 47
  • Have GCSEs at Grade C/4 or above; or SNE equivalent grade 5 or above in English Language, Mathematics and should have an approved science/technology-based subject
  • You must be a citizen of the United Kingdom or dual UK/Other nationality

 

Do engineers need to be physically fit?

  • Yes, every person in the RAF is required to maintain a level of fitness in order to do their role well. If you’re a Cyberspace Communication Specialist you might be required to be deployed to set up initial communications in an area and carry equipment.
  • Fitness is a key part of RAF life – with all the clubs and sports you can get involved with on a wide variety of levels, from occasional fun to Olympic competition.

How long is the application process?

  • As an Engineer Officer we aim to have all applications successfully completed within six months and for a Cyberspace Communication Specialist we aim to have all applications successfully completed within three months. This is subject to the availability of your specific training courses but be assured that we will aim to work around your specific needs.

Where will I be based?

  • We have Cyberspace bases all over the UK and abroad. Where you will be exactly is dependent on your role and what each base currently requires. Speak with your local AFCO for more information.

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From controlling the airspace over a combat zone to delivering aid to those in need, being in the RAF is one of the most rewarding careers you could have.

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