Life as aRegular

RAF Regulars are full-time personnel that can be posted in the UK and all over the world. Most Regulars work normal five-day weeks and have evenings and weekends to themselves. That said, they’re not nine-to-fivers; they do what’s needed to get the job done, which could mean working round the clock, going on a mission at a moment’s notice, or transferring to a new location.

Royal Air Force - Regular & Reserve

Life in the UK


All RAF Regulars live on base during their initial training so they can get to know others and see what life in the RAF is like. This helps integrate you into the RAF community whether you choose to live on-base or off-base afterwards.


The RAF has many bases across the UK, which you can explore below. Each base has its own role, from front-line operations to training establishments. Most bases are like small, self-contained towns with shops, gyms, playing fields, crèches, post offices, cinemas, and even bowling alleys. Some are close to large cities while others are more remote because things like night flying need to be conducted in less populated areas.


Regulars have many accommodation options. They can choose to live in a barrack block or ‘Mess’ on base, commute from home, or rent nearby – all of which are subsidised by the RAF. Most Regulars choose to live on base with hundreds of other personnel and their families. Along with subsidised food and great sports facilities, there’s also a great social life  there for the taking.


Food on base is subsidised and will cost you around £28 per week for three meals a day. You can expect good quality food that caters for all dietary requirements, including religious and vegetarian preferences.

Friends & Family

Most RAF personnel work normal hours and have evenings and weekends free to spend with family and friends. If you’re not on duty, and your family isn’t already living with you on base, you can leave to visit them whenever you wish after initial training. You also get six weeks of paid holiday every year.


We do everything we can to cater to your personal requirements, including religion. Chaplains are on hand, along with other religious counsellors. Prayer facilities are also usually available and we’ll adapt your uniform, catering and duty roster to meet your religious requirements, where possible.


In the RAF you will be part of a large community. Advice and support services will be available to help with everything from settling in to planning a foreign posting for you and your family.

Equal Opportunities

The RAF is an equal opportunities employer that recognises the value of an individual’s ability regardless of their gender, colour, race, nationality, ethnic or national origins, background, religion or belief, sexual orientation or marital status or civil partnership.   The RAF believes that harnessing the talents and skills of individuals from different groups enhances operational effectiveness.

Life on Duty Abroad

Royal Air Force - Regular & Reserve

Although you’ll probably spend much of your working life in the UK, most Regular roles involve at least some overseas travel. Typically around 10 per cent of RAF personnel are overseas on long or short term posts at any one time.


Short Term Post

The RAF takes on challenges and is ready for anything at any time. For RAF Regulars this means you could be sent on short term overseas duty to use your skills to help with specific, temporary projects. Overseas duty can vary in length from a few days to a few months, depending on the job.

Past duties have included airlifting supplies to a snow-bound mountain village, rescuing stranded crew from enemy territory, evacuating casualties from abroad to the UK, and providing relief to victims of natural disasters.

As part of a short term post you could see people and places you’d never normally see, and find yourself stretched and challenged in ways an average civilian job could never offer


Long Term Post

The RAF polices the skies and supports peacekeeping and reconstruction initiatives around the globe. We do this through permanent bases, temporary bases, embassies, NATO and exchange posts.

RAF Regulars can be posted at these locations for two to three years, sometimes getting the opportunity to work alongside our coalition partners.

Life on long term post tends to be similar to living on a base in the UK. You’ll find typical amenities, well maintained accommodation, and the same high quality food. Beyond that you’ll get to experience a place you normally wouldn’t, and have the opportunity to travel during peacetime posts.

We also provide a network of support for your partner and children while you’re away from home, but most personnel have the opportunity to take their dependent family with them.

Bases in the UK


  • Amport House

    Amport House Test Valley SP11 8BG England

  • JHFS Aldergrove

    JHFS Aldergrove BFPO 808 Northern Ireland

  • LATCC(Mil), Swanwick

    Swanwick Swanwick PO15 7FL England

  • RAF Leconfield

    Leconfield HU17 7LX England

  • MoD Boscombe Down

    Amesbury, Wilts SP4 0JF England

  • Weston-on-the-Green

    Oxfordshire OX25 3TQ England

  • RRH Staxton Wold

    Yorkshire YO12 4TJ England

  • RRH Saxa Vord

    Shetland ZE2 9TJ Scotland

  • RRH Portreath

    Cornwall TR16 4RA England

  • RMB Chivenor

    Devon EX31 4AZ England

  • RAF Wyton – Brampton

    Cambridgeshire and PE28 2EA

  • RAF Woodvale

    Lancashire L37 7AD

  • RAF Wittering

    Cambridgeshire PE8 6HB

  • RAF Wattisham

    Suffolk IP7 7RA England

  • RAF Wainfleet (Bombing Range)

    Lincolnshire PE22 8SD England

  • RAF Waddington

    Lincolnshire LN5 9NB England

  • RAF Valley

    Isle of Anglesey LL65 3NY Wales

  • RAF Topcliffe

    Yorkshire YO7 3QE England

  • RAF Tain (Bombing Range)

    Highlands IV19 1PE Scotland

  • RAF Syerston

    Nottinghamshire NG23 5NG England

  • RAF St Mawgan

    Cornwall TR8 4HP England

  • RAF Spadeadam

    Cumbria CA8 7AT England

  • RAF Shawbury

    Shropshire SY4 4DZ England

  • RAF Scampton

    Lincolnshire LN1 2ST England

  • RAF Odiham

    Hampshire RG29 1QT England

  • RAF Northolt

    Hampshire HA4 6NG England

  • RRH Neatishead

    Norfolk NR12 8YB England

  • RAF Menwith Hill

    Yorkshire HG3 2RF England

  • RAF Marham

    Norfolk PE33 9NP England

  • RAF Lossiemouth

    Moray IV31 6SD Scotland

  • MOD St Athan

    MOD St Athan CF62 4WA Wales

  • RAF Prestwick

    Prestwick South Ayrshire KA9 2GX

  • RAF Akrotiri

    Akrotiri BFPO 57 Northern Ireland

  • RAF Linton-on-Ouse

    Yorkshire YO30 2AJ England

  • RAF Leuchars

    Fife KY16 0JX Scotland

  • RAF Ascension Island

    Ascension Island BFPO 677

  • RAF Leeming

    Yorkshire DL7 9NJ England

  • RAF Barkston Heath

    Barkston Heath Lincolnshire NG32 2DQ England

  • RAF Kirton in Lindsey

    Lincolnshire DN21 4HY England

  • RAF Honington

    Suffolk IP31 1EE England

  • RRH Bendecula

    RAF Bendecula Na h-Eileanan an Iar HS7 5LA Scotland

  • RAF Holbeach (Bombing Range)

    Lincolnshire PE12 9NJ England

  • RAF Benson

    Oxfordshire OX10 6AA England

  • RAF High Wycombe

    Buckinghamshire HP14 4UE England

  • RAF Henlow

    Bedfordshire SG16 6DN England

  • RAF Boulmer

    RAF Boulmer Northumberland NE66 3JF England

  • RAF Halton

    Buckinghamshire HP22 5PG England

  • RAF Brize Norton

    Oxfordshire OX18 3LX England

  • RAF Fylingdales

    Yorkshire YO18 7NT England

  • RAF Buchan

    Aberdeenshire AB42 ONX Scotland

  • RAF Church Fenton

    North Yorkshire LS24 9SE England

  • RAF Coningsby

    Lincolnshire LN4 4SY England

  • RAF Cosford

    Shropshire WV7 3EX England

  • RAF Cranwell

    Lincolnshire NG34 8HB England

  • RAF Digby

    Lincolnshire LN4 3LH England

  • RAF Donna Nook (Bombing Range)

    Lincolnshire LN11 7PB England

  • RAF Fylingdales

    North Yorkshire YO18 7NT England

  • RAF Gibraltar

    BFPO 52

  • RAF Cranwell

    RAF Cranwell Lincolnshire NG34 8HB

    RAuxAF Band


  • RAF Mount Pleasant, Falkland Islands

    Falkland Island

Permanent bases abroad

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