RAF Force Protection keep their cool in the toughest situations, working on the ground to ensure control of the air.

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FORCE PROTECTION ROLES

Force Protection in the RAF carry out crucial duties to protect personnel, RAF bases, assets and operations overseas. Trained in a range of specialist skills, you will join an elite team working to help defend RAF assets around the globe.

Force Protection operate on the ground to keep control of the air. From working in infantry tactics and weaponry to Counter Intelligence and Digital Forensics, there will never be a dull day.

Regiment Gunner: The force that protects the force

Regiment Gunner: The force that protects the force

Help protect the air by being part of the RAF’s ground fighting force.

RAF Force Protection offers a whole host of opportunities. You could become an RAF Regiment Gunner, specialising in combat and field craft to defend RAF bases and overseas air operations. Helping keep the RAF safe. Or why not join our RAF Police Force? Conducting criminal and security investigations in aviation, Counter Intelligence and Law Enforcement.

If responding to emergency situations sounds more your thing, then you could become an RAF Firefighter. Using specialised equipment to provide 24/7 fire and crash rescue protection. Or would you be better suited as an Officer? Force Protection could allow you to become an RAF Regiment Officer. Specialising in weaponry and leading RAF Regiment squadrons to help protect the RAF. Or why not become an RAF Police Officer? Using your leadership skills to guide a team of RAF policemen and women to protect the RAF from potential threats.

Why join the RAF?

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

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FORCE PROTECTION FAQS

What qualifications do I need for Force Protection roles?

TO APPLY FOR A FORCE PROTECTION OFFICER ROLE YOU NEED TO:

  • Be aged between 17.5 and 47
  • Have GCSEs at grade C/4-5 or above; or SNE equivalent grade 5 or above in Mathematics, English Language and three other subjects.
  • In addition, you need at least 2 A2 Levels/3 Highers at Grade C or above (excluding General Studies or Critical Thinking) which must total a minimum of 64 UCAS points.
  • Alternatively, if you hold a UK degree at Grade 2:2 or higher (or acceptable alternative) you only need Mathematics and English Language GCSEs at a minimum of Grade C (Grade 4 to 5 with effect from Aug 17) or Mathematics and English Language SCE Standard Grades of 2 or SNE Grade 5.
  • Be a citizen of the United Kingdom or the Republic of Ireland, or holder of dual UK/other nationality or have been a Commonwealth citizen since birth.
  • Additionally, whether or not you were born in the UK, you should reside here for 5 years immediately preceding your application (candidates with a minimum of 3 years will be considered).

TO APPLY FOR A FORCE PROTECTION AIRMAN ROLE YOU NEED TO:

  • Be aged between 16 and 47, however, the exact range will depend on the role.
  • Qualification requirements are dependent on the exact role. For roles such as a Regiment Gunner, no formal educational qualifications are required, however other roles may differ. Individual requirements can be found on the specific role pages. *
  • Be a citizen of the United Kingdom or the Republic of Ireland, or holder of dual UK/other nationality or have been a Commonwealth citizen since birth.
  • Additionally, whether or not you were born in the UK, you should reside here for 5 years immediately preceding your application (candidates with a minimum of 3 years will be considered).

*Both RAF Police and RAF Firefighter roles require a full UK driving licence.

Do I need to be physically fit for Force Protection roles?

  • Every person in the RAF is required to maintain a level of fitness to complete both initial and specialist training, and to do their role effectively. The exact fitness requirements will depend on your role, age and gender.
  • Regiment roles such as RAF Regiment Officer and RAF Regiment Gunner require additional fitness requirements as part of PROC or PGSC courses. For specific information regarding fitness requirements for these roles visit the individual role pages.
  • 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.

Where will I be based?

Force Protection roles are spread across RAF 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.