Air operations support Aerospace Systems Operator CURRENTLY RECRUITING

As an RAF Aerospace Systems Operator you’ll manage some of the world’s most sophisticated sensors, communications and computer information systems to search the skies for potential threats.

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PAY DURING TRAINING £15,200+ + Benefits

Initial pay after training £18,800+ + Benefits

Is this for you?

APPLICANTS MUST:

  • Be aged 16 – 40 (Must attest before 40th birthday)
  • Have GCSE at Grade C/4-5 or SCE Standard Grades at Grade 2/Scottish National 5 in English Language and GCSE at Grade C/4-5 or SCE Standard Grades at Grade 2/Scottish National 5 in Maths
  • Be a citizen of the United Kingdom or the holder of dual UK/other nationality
  • Commit minimum 3 years post Phase Two Training
  • Meet the health and fitness criteria
  • Pass the Airman Selection Test
  • Pass a General Fitness Test

GREAT FOR THOSE INTERESTED IN:

  • Analysis and maths
  • Travelling the world
  • Being creative

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WHAT WILL YOU DO?

TYPICAL RESPONSIBILITIES

  • Be part of a team controlling offensive, defensive and combat support aircraft to intercept and, if necessary, destroy hostile or rogue aircraft
  • Give information to the Royal Navy, the Army or other countries’ armed forces
  • Be on standby to go anywhere in the world to support aircrew and ground troops
  • Work on the Ballistic Missile Early Warning System, where you’ll watch for missile launches around the world, track objects in space and provide support to the United States Space Network

Aerospace Systems Operators normally work in one of the Control and Reporting Centres, on our mobile Air Command and Control Centre, or in roles providing support to operations overseas. You could also be tasked to work alongside military colleagues in the Army providing them with an understanding and awareness of the air environment above and around them.

For those who possess the required aptitude and complete the required training, the opportunity exists to qualify as a Senior Non-Commissioned Officer Weapon Controller which attracts advancement in rank to sergeant. Later in your career, depending on your qualifications, there is also the potential to work on board the Sentry E-3D aircraft, based at RAF Waddington in Lincolnshire.

WHY JOIN THE RAF?

Thanks to subsidised food, travel, accommodation and free gym you get more money in your pocket.

Salary
Benefits Salary
Civilian Role
RAF Role
  • Rent from £75p/m
  • Free gym
  • Subsidised food
  • Health care
  • World travel
  • 6 weeks holiday

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TRAINING AND CAREER

TRAINING YOU’LL RECEIVE

Your career will start with a 10-week Basic Recruit Training Course at RAF Halton in Buckinghamshire. The course is designed to help you adjust to a military environment. As well as fitness and military training, you’ll also learn about the RAF lifestyle.

SPECIALIST TRAINING

The next step is a specialist training course, which lasts up to 15 weeks at the School of Aerospace Battle Management (SABM) at RAF Boulmer in Northumberland. Here you’ll learn about:

  • The interpretation and operation of complex sensor systems
  • Data Links and communication networks; how they work and how we use them to communicate with aircraft, ships and ground stations
  • Space Surveillance
  • Maritime operations
  • Meteorology
  • A foundation in air battle management
  • The capabilities of aircraft currently operated by the RAF and its allies.
  • Training and examination in a live operational environment.

You will also be trained to operate alongside Weapon Controllers and Surveillance Officers from the Air Battlespace Management Branch. During this course, you will be given the opportunity to undertake a Functional Skills qualification in Information and Communication Technology at level 2 and an Information Technology Qualification level 3 Diploma. You’ll then get your first posting.

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ADDITIONAL QUALIFICATIONS

During this course, you will be given the opportunity to undertake an Advanced ‘IT Application Specialist’ Apprenticeship consisting of Functional Skills in Information and Communication Technology at level 2 and a Level 3 Diploma in IT User Skills. The Apprenticeship will take a minimum of 12 months and will be completed at your first posting.

ONGOING TRAINING/DEVELOPMENT OPPORTUNITIES

As your skills, experience and time in service grow, you could become an Aerospace Systems Manager, working in the management of personnel, systems and information.

YOUR FIRST TOUR

Your first tour will normally be at a Control and Reporting Centre at RAF Boulmer or RAF Scampton. Opportunities also exist for employment within the School of Air Battle Management RAF Boulmer. Your role will involve the collation, processing and dissemination of information on activity in the airspace that your unit has responsibility for. You’ll use communication equipment to provide updates on air activity and interpret sensor or data link information to aid in the identification of aircraft and support the provision of an air picture.

YOUR FUTURE CAREER PROSPECTS/PROGRESSION

You will initially join the RAF for a period of twelve years on a Notice Engagement. After completing one year’s total service you will be eligible for promotion to Senior Aircraftman, providing you pass a Trade Ability Test and Basic Trade Training. Further promotion to the rank of Corporal and beyond is by competitive selection.

TRANSFERABLE SKILLS

The Advanced Apprenticeship you can earn is as valuable in the civilian world as it is in the RAF – which means that whenever you decide to leave the RAF, you’ll be well placed to find civilian employment.

TRAINING AND CAREER

INITIAL TRAINING

Your training will start with a Basic Recruit Training Course (BRTC) consisting of 4 weekends at your chosen RAF Reserves Squadron, followed by a 15 day residential training course at RAF Halton in Buckinghamshire. This training course will prepare you for service life in one of the most respected military forces in the world; it is also designed to help you tune into the military environment and way of life. As well as military training, you will learn about the core values, code of conduct and history of the RAF, as well as its unique lifestyle.

SPECIALIST TRAINING

After successfully completing initial training, you will be trained for your specific role in the RAF either at your squadron or another RAF station in the UK.

Commitment and location

You will have to commit to 27 days per year for 12 years minimum.


Each year includes a 15-day block for general RAF training, and 12 separate days for extra training or exercises.


You might be deployed to a UK or overseas base for up to 6 months after the first year.

ENTRY REQUIREMENTS

ALL APPLICANTS MUST:

Be a citizen of the United Kingdom or the holder of dual UK/other nationality.

Be aged between 16 and 40 years old.

EDUCATION REQUIREMENTS

Have these minimum grades:

  GCSE GCSE 2017 SNE
Mathematics C Grade 4 Grade 5
English Language C Grade 4 Grade 5

 

NATIONALITY & RESIDENCY

Whether or not you were born in the United Kingdom, you should have resided there for the 5 years immediately preceding your application. However, candidates with a minimum of 3 years may be considered.

FITNESS REQUIREMENTS

You must be physically fit to complete both initial and specialist training, and to do your role effectively. To check your fitness levels, we put every candidate through two or three separate fitness tests as part of the application process: Selection Fitness Test, Pre-joining Fitness Test or Pre-recruit Training Course.
How fit you need to be to pass these tests can vary depending on role, age and gender.

MALES - 100% pass rates:
AGE 2.4 Km Run Multi-Stage Fitness Test Press-ups Sit-ups
  (Mins) (Score) (No.) (No.)
15-16 11.39 9.03 20 35
17-29 11.11 9.1 20 35
30-34 11.36 9.04 19 32
35-39 12 8.09 18 29
40-44 12.26 8.03 17 26

 

FEMALES - 100% pass rates:
AGE 2.4 Km Run Multi-Stage Fitness Test Press-ups Sit-ups
  (Mins) (Score) (No.) (No.)
15-16 13.54 6.07 10 32
17-29 13.23 7.02 10 32
30-34 13.47 6.08 9 29
35-39 14.13 6.04 8 26
40-44 14.48 5.08 7 23

HEALTH REQUIREMENTS

BEFORE YOUR APPLICATION:

There are health requirements that must be met by all applicants:

  • Body Mass Index requirements:
Age Male and female minimum Male and female maximum Male maximum with additional assessment Female maximum with additional assessment
18 + 18 28 32 30
16 to < 18 17 27 27 27
  • Eyesight requirements vary for different roles. A requirement to wear glasses or contact lenses may be allowed for aircrew.

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.

DURING YOUR APPLICATION:

The Medical Risk Assessment that all candidates undergo is there to make sure that you are healthy enough for the intense training required by the RAF. 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.

BACKGROUND CHECKS

YOU MUST:

  • Declare any previous spent and unspent convictions
  • Check if you qualify under the Rehabilitation of Offenders Act 1974 through this summary
  • Have a basic background check to get Security Check level clearance

DISQUALIFYING FACTORS

YOU CAN'T APPLY FOR THE RAF IF YOU:

  • Have been or are a member of a group that stirs up racial hatred and violence
  • Are waiting to appear in court, or have unspent convictions. You may also have to declare spent convictions for certain roles
  • Misuse drugs, solvents and anabolic steroids. But each case is considered upon its own merits
  • Have tattoos, brands or bead implants that are obscene or offensive. All tattoos must not be visible above the neck collar or below the sleeve cuff while wearing uniform
  • Have body piercing which causes holes that do not close up
  • Declare yourself to be an 'undischarged' bankrupt

If you don’t have any of the above, you might still be able to apply. For more information contact your local AFCO.

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