Nationality & Residency
To meet RAF nationality requirements, you need to be one of the following:
- British citizen
- British national
- British/Dual national
- Commonwealth citizen
- Irish Republic national
To meet RAF residency requirements, you should have been a UK Resident for a minimum of five years immediately preceding application, and have spent no more than 28 days per year outside the UK within those five years.
UK residents of less than five years, or those who have spent more than 28 days per year outside the UK will require more eligibility checks. If this is you, call us for further advice.
The youngest age for applying is 18 years for all Reserves roles. The oldest is 54 years.
- 18 - 54.6
Whatever your academic background, there are a range of great opportunities in the RAF. Some require minimal qualifications, others require specialist skills and/or a degree.
Check the educational requirements for your role, if unsure consult the RAF equivalent qualifications in case they are applicable.
Professional qualification and be registered with the General Dental Council (GDC). You will need to be working currently as a Dental Nurse and have GCSE / SCEs at grade C / 3 in English Language and Mathematics.
All applicants must be fit in order to complete initial and specialist training, and perform their roles effectively. To assess fitness, every candidate undergoes two or three separate fitness tests as part of the application process: Selection Fitness Test, Pre-joining Fitness Test or Pre-recruit Training Course. The fitness requirements for these tests vary according to role, age and gender.
You can see the protocols for Press Ups & Sit Ups here:
The Reserve Pre-Joining Fitness Test is used to demonstrate physical preparedness for the RAF and will be either a 2.4km (1.5mi) run or the Multi-Stage Fitness Test (MSFT or Bleep Test), press ups and sit ups. See the table below for detailed requirements.
|Age Limits||2.4 Km Run (Minutes)||Multi-Stage Fitness Test (Level)||Press-ups (Number)||Sit-ups (Number)|
|Age Limits||2.4 Km Run(Minutes)||Multi-Stage Fitness Test (Level)||Press-ups (Number)||Sit-ups (Number)|
There are three main health requirements that must be met by all applicants:
1) Body Mass Index requirements:
|Age||Male and female minimum||Male and female maximum||Male maximum with additional assessment||Female maximum with additional assessment|
16 to < 18
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2) Eyesight requirements vary for different roles, but all roles require spectacle or contact lens correction to be no more than -6 or +6 dioptres.
The recruitment Medical Risk Assessment
The Armed Forces require anyone who joins to be medically fit to serve worldwide. New entrants to the Armed Forces undergo intensive training that is physically demanding and mentally taxing. The RAF executive has a duty to ensure that you are sufficiently robust before you undergo military training.
The Medical Risk Assessment that all candidates undergo is intended to ensure that you satisfy the tri-Service medical entry criteria. Your application will be rejected if you fail to meet the minimum acceptable medical standard for entry. Your medical history is confidential and is not disclosed to those not authorised to hold this information.
Get in touch if you have any questions about the health criteria, or would like to find out if any additional health requirements apply to your role of interest.
All applicants are required to:
- Declare any previous spent and unspent convictions
- Check eligibility under the Rehabilitation of Offenders Act 1974 through this summary of its provisions
- Undergo a basic background check to obtain Security Check level clearance
Some roles also require applicants to declare spent convictions, and obtain additional clearance.
You must also be cleared by the Criminal Records Bureau as a condition of entry to the service. Ongoing clearance may also be required throughout your career.
All Reservists must obtain the written consent of their employer to apply. SaBRE (Supporting Britain’s Reservists and Employers) is an organisation that supports Reserve forces and their employers. Please consult their website for advice and guidance for you and your employer.