Diversity & Inclusion in the Royal Air Force

We believe that keeping the skies safe and safeguarding our nation’s security can only be done with a diverse force. Our strength comes from our differences.


The RAF recognises the value of a person’s ability no matter their ethnicity, religious beliefs, gender identity or sexual orientation. Inclusion is about valuing and harnessing people’s unique backgrounds, talents, perspectives and insights for the benefit of individuals and the organisation. We believe the talents and skills of individuals from different groups make for a more efficient RAF. Where there are specific eligibility criteria for entry (such as Medical or Nationality / Residency), these are listed on each role page.

The RAF is committed to promoting and developing equality, diversity and inclusion within the Service and we expect you to read and understand our policy and expectations, the links are below.




In the RAF, total inclusivity is not negotiable; it is critical to team cohesion and operational success. Everyone has a responsibility to ensure the those around them always feel welcome and included.

The nature of the Royal Air Force’s role means that we live and operate in close-knit communities where we rely on each other for support. The Royal Air Force family is rich in diversity and culture, and it is important that we value and respect everyone, regardless of their background.


The RAF is the first branch of the British military to open every role to women. Our aim is to make the RAF the most diverse air force in history and a benchmark for the rest of the world. No matter what career path you want, whether it’s an airperson, gunner, medic or chef we will give you the skills and training you need to succeed. If you are up to the challenge, we will support you.

A life in the RAF will not only give you a world beating career it will give you a lifestyle and experience unlike any other.

Why join the RAF?

Thanks to subsidised food, travel, accommodation and free gym you get more money in your pocket.

Benefits Salary
Civilian Role
RAF Role
  • Rent from £75p/m
  • Free gym
  • Subsidised food
  • Health care
  • World travel
  • Training

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How do I find a role that’s right for me?

There are a number of ways to find a career path with the RAF. The Find Your Role section of the website will help guide you through roles that are right for your skills. Our recruitment centres (Armed Forces Careers Offices or AFCOs) are staffed with a friendly team who are ready to answer your questions and provide personal advice about which roles could suit you best, you can find your local centre here. Due to COVID restrictions we would recommend using our online chat function to speak to a member of staff live.  

What training is available?

We offer training throughout your career with the RAF and this varies between roles. To find out more visit our Training and Development pages.

How often am I likely to be deployed abroad?

The likelihood of being deployed abroad depends on the career path you take. You can talk to our team to see what choice is right for you.

How is the RAF committed to diversity and inclusion?

In 2018 we set out a roadmap to become a force for inclusion, we treat everyone with respect and integrity. You can read more about our commitment to inclusion here and our ethos, core values and standards here.

Am I able to practice any religion in the RAF?

As long as your religious beliefs are legal and align with the RAF’s mission and don’t disrespect or compromise the safety of the team, you are free to practice any religion. RAF Commissioned Chaplains are authorised leaders from the major world religions and provide pastoral and spiritual care for all personnel and their dependants irrespective of religious belief or status.