Transferees and those considering rejoining after Service in the Royal Navy, Army or Royal Air Force.

Find out how to apply



While many people leave the RAF for many different reasons, all are welcome to apply to rejoin. Whether you want to put the skills you’ve already learnt in the RAF back to use or want to rejoin in a completely different role, there may be a position open for you – and because we’re always looking for the best and most qualified individuals to fill our roles, your existing skills and expertise will be hard to look past.
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For more information see our Frequently Asked Questions below, or call 0345 605 5555 and ask to speak to an RAF Recruitment Specialist.


Although the process is relatively straight forward, each application is different from the next. For this reason each application is considered on its own merits and any potential offer of service will reflect this. The following factors will be considered to determine the possible rank and seniority that may be offered to you and the training required to get you up to speed:

  • Previous rank and seniority,
  • Length of time out of the service,
  • Vacancies in the branch, trade and rank you are applying for,
  • Employment experience and any qualifications gained since leaving the RAF,
  • Whether you are coming back into a similar or different trade or service than previously,
  • You may apply to be considered for a different trade if you have achieved relevant qualifications, training or experience in the new trade since leaving the RAF.

Because each application is different, the time frame to get you back into service can also vary. Your recruiter will be able to give you further guidance on this after you have applied.


After you have submitted your application form through the Defence Recruiting System (DRS) portal, please send an email to [email protected], using ‘New Rejoiner Surname’ in the subject line and providing the following information:

  • Surname
  • Previous Service Number
  • Your Unique Reference Number (URN) which can be found in your Personal Details section can be used as your Candidate Reference in your portal.
  • Branch/trade applied for

By sending this email, your application form will be fast-tracked to the front of the queue to receive early attention from the RAF Recruiting Team. Failure to send this email will result in your application being considered along with the large number of those applying for service in the RAF for the first time, and will result in your application being delayed.

We are currently updating our application system and are currently unable to process Rejoiner applications or offer vacancies. We will reopen for applications in early 2022.


If you are currently serving in the Royal Navy or the Army you may have a skillset the Royal Air Force is looking for.

You will firstly need to apply through your Chain of Command/Unit Admin Office to transfer before making an application and the transfer request is completed via single service manning authorities in the first instance. The forms required are Army form is AFB 241 and RN/RM form is BR3 P7. Your Chain of Command can give an earliest release date on the application if you have commitments that would prevent transfer in the immediate future.

If accepted by the RAF you will receive an Authority to Transfer letter and can then register and apply for your chosen role by following this link.

You must meet all eligibility criteria; however waivers may be appropriate in some cases. Training requirements will be determined on a case by case basis taking into account previous experience, rank, pay and service to date.

You are unlikely to undertake full basic training and will instead complete a Transferee and Rejoiners Course (TARC) of up to 10 working days. You will find out the requirements and service being offered at the start of the process. However, personnel applying for their commission from a non-commissioned role will still have to undertake the full MIOT course.

Once you have approval from your chain of command for transfer you will have to apply via the RAF Recruitment website.

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The recruitment process for Rejoiners, although streamlined, is still rigorous as we want to select the best talent. Applicants now apply online via the RAF Website, following this your case will be handed off to your local AFCO where a recruiter will get in touch to assist you through the rest of the process. A Rejoiner Assessment Form (ReAF) will be created alongside a Professional History Form and this will then be sent to the relevant Branch and Trade Advisor who will comment on Branch / Trade availability at the rank you have requested, your suitability, training requirements, first posting location etc.

Following this, a fitness test, medical and full interview will be conducted if required (depending on time out of service). If you are successful at this stage you will be sent your Offer of Service letter to review. Once this has been accepted you will be allocated a place on the Transferee and Rejoiner Course (TaRC). This is a streamlined course of up to 5 days (depending on your current circumstances and length out of Service), to collect your kit, attest, complete JPA actions and all your core competencies to ensure you arrive at your new unit fully productive.


If you are Transferring from the Army or Navy the transferee process is almost identical to the Rejoiner process detailed above. You still apply online through the RAF Website and conduct an initial Interview and Aptitude Testing (if required) which will confirm your suitability for the Branch/Trade. You will not be able to continue through the remainder process until you have your transfer paperwork approved by the APC/Fleet (AFB241 for Army and BR3 Pt7 for Navy) and a confirmed release date.


We currently accept Transfers from Canada, Australia and New Zealand with each case being reviewed on a case by case basis. Other Commonwealth applicants can also apply; however the standard RAF residency requirements must be met. These Transfers are more bespoke cases and do require additional stages, these are managed centrally by the Rejoiner team. Please email expressing your interest to [email protected]. We can in many cases conduct interviews and medicals remotely and waive the pre-joining fitness test providing you are in date with your current Military Fitness Test (MFT) until you arrive on the TaRC.


You can view current Rejoiner vacancies HERE or Apply Now through the website HERE.

After you have submitted your application form through the Defence Recruiting System (DRS) portal, please send an email to: [email protected]. Please use the title ‘New Rejoiner – followed by your Surname’ in the subject line and provide the following information:  Name, Date of Birth, Previous Service Number and Branch/Trade applied for. By sending this email, your application form will be fast-tracked to the front of the queue to receive early attention from the RAF Recruiting Team.  Failure to send this email will result in your application being placed with the Direct Entry applications, which might unduly delay your application.


The level of pay you will rejoin on is entirely based on the availability within your chosen Branch/Trade, the experience you have gained since leaving and how competitive your application is. To assess this fully you must start the Rejoiner process as outlined above, the Branch and Trade Advisor will review your application and you will be informed of the outcome. This can only be dealt with on a case by case basis and in order to fully assess this you need to submit your application, so we have all the required information. 

In some cases where extensive experience has been gained since leaving, we can look to increase rank upon return, if your experience since leaving the service is related to your chosen role. If you are looking for a rank increase, please ensure you provide maximum detail in the Professional History Form to support your application.

Aircrew rejoining from Main Stream Pay might be eligible for transfer to the Professional Aviators’ Spine (PAS) on, or immediately after rejoining; this currently also provides a PAS Transfer Bounty for Flight Lieutenants.


If full Phase 2 training is required for example when changing Branch/Trade, then the age limit for your chosen Branch/Trade can be found on the main RAF Careers website.  If full Phase 2 Trg is not required then, it would be expected that a Rejoiner would be able to offer a minimum of 3 years productive service. The Mandated End of Service (MEOS) is age 60, therefore applications will be considered before your 57th Birthday. Some temporary Jobs do offer contracts shorter than 3 years, in which case Rejoiner applications may be considered beyond an individual’s 57th birthday not exceeding MEOS, these will be advertised on the RAF Website when available.


If you are in receipt of an Armed Forces Pension or Early Departure Payment (EDP), there may be financial implications on rejoining.  It is advised that you contact the JPAC on 0141 224 3600 to discuss the impact that rejoining will have on your pension.  Further guidance is also 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 


It is still possible to rejoin into a different Branch/Trade or the branch your previous role merged into, the AFCO can discuss possibilities based on previous experience or your desired new role. You will still follow the same Rejoiner recruitment process as outlined. In most cases when changing Branch/Trade, full Phase 2 Trg will be required. If so then the direct entry maximum age (with a few exceptions most are 48 but check the main RAF recruiting website or ask) will apply.


Commissioning is a possibility as a Rejoiner (Subject to meeting the eligibility criteria, including the direct entry maximum age), you will apply as a Rejoiner, however after this you then commence the Regular Officer Recruitment Process and attend the Officer and Aircrew Selection Centre (OASC). If found successful you will then be required to complete Initial Officer Training.

It is not necessarily the case that, if accepted, you will be required to undertake full MIOT. The course has been designed so that a candidate can bypass stage 1 (military skills) and start further into the course. This is decided on your previous training and also currency of that training.