RAF REJOINERS

Those who have left regular Royal Air Force service and are looking to rejoin on a contract basis can find vacancies here.

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ABOUT THE REJOINERS SCHEME

We currently have a larger number of potential roles suitable for those returning to service. To support this, there is a new application system that allows faster entry, less processing and reduced training, where not required. Our Rejoiner recruitment policies and process have been made more responsive and will continue to be refined, as our aim is to allow re-entry to service as quickly as possible.

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WHAT IS THE ‘OFFER’?

We will be offering full Regular terms and conditions of service, enhanced through the ability to offer shorter engagement lengths and, in most cases, surety of your first assignment (the position you apply for). We will also be able to consider re-entry at rank levels above those previously held (subject to your experience).

WHAT CAN YOU OFFER THE RAF?

The benefits of us recruiting Rejoiners are clear: you are already trained and experienced; you can quickly deliver within a role and so reduce pressures on the system; and you can bring new ideas back into the organisation and thereby support more innovative ways of working.

WHAT IS THE RECRUITMENT PROCESS?

The recruitment process for Rejoiners, although streamlined, will still be rigorous. We want to select the best talent. Once an application is made (via email), we will conduct an initial eligibility check, medical (if >12mths out of Service), apply tests (where required), conduct a sift and then interview you. This interview will include input from specialists in the relevant field.

WHAT TRAINING WILL I RECEIVE?

All Rejoiners (officers and airmen) will be required to complete a short 2-week induction course at RAF Halton to prepare you for re-entry into the Service. During the recruitment process we will also look to identify your bespoke training requirements to ensure that training is applied only where it is required.

HOW ARE REJOINERS TREATED IN RELATION TO THE WIDER REGULAR SERVICE POPULATION?

Although most Rejoiners will serve on short initial engagements, they will still be part of the Regular strength and, as such, be part of the deployable force. This means that deployments will be subject to the ‘turnaround times’ for the particular branch or trade in question. Rejoiners will also still be considered for promotions and extensions of service, as is currently considered for the wider Regulars.

IS THERE AN UPPER AGE LIMIT OR RETURN OF SERVICE APPLIED ON RE-ENTRY?

As Rejoiners will not normally require a significant level of training, there is no formal set upper age limit for applications. As most Rejoiner positions will be for 3+ years, it would be expected that a Rejoiner will be able to complete a minimum of 3 years’ productive Service before age 60 (mandated end of service (MEOS) point). This means that applications will be considered for most positions before an individual’s 57th birthday. Where a Rejoiner position requirement is temporary (<3yrs), as detailed on the job specification, Rejoiner applications may be considered beyond an individual’s 57th birthday. A minimum return of service will only apply if any Phase 2, 3 or specialist training is required which would normally attract such a return of service.

WHAT ARE THE PENSION AND RESETTLEMENT IMPLICATIONS ON REJOINING?

departure payment (EDP) is in payment etc. there may be financial implications for an individual on Rejoining. Further guidance is available within the booklet at the following link (or search the internet for ‘MMP 116 Re-employment’):

Booklet MMP116 - Armed Forces and Reserve Pension Schemes - Re-employment