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.
Air operations support Aerospace Systems Operator
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.
Minimum Average Pay Over Your First Year £17,000+
Initial pay after training £18,800+
Is this for you?
- Be aged 16 – 47 years old (Must attest before 48th 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
Advanced IT Application Specialist Apprenticeship
WHY JOIN THE RAF?
Thanks to subsidised food, travel, accommodation and free gym you get more money in your pocket.
- Rent from £75p/m
- Free gym
- Subsidised food
- Health care
- World travel
- 6 weeks holiday
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.
The next step is a specialist training course, which lasts up to 15 weeks at the School of Airspace Operations 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
- 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 Airspace Operations 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.
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
This is likely to be in an airspace monitoring role at the Control and Reporting Centre at RAF Boulmer or on the mobile radar unit, No 1 Air Control Centre based at RAF Scampton. You may later be selected to be employed with 49 Battery, attached to 16 Regiment Royal Artillery, assisting in the provision of a air situational awareness to the Army. Alternatively, a post on 54Sqn at RAF Waddington would see you supporting the training of E3-D Mission Crews. In all cases you will utilise communication equipment to liaise with air, land or maritime units. All first tours are for a minimum of 3 years.
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.
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
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.
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.
ALL APPLICANTS MUST:
Be a citizen of the United Kingdom or the holder of dual UK/other nationality.
Be aged 16 – 47 years old (Must attest before 48th birthday)
NATIONALITY & RESIDENCY
You must be a citizen of the United Kingdom or the holder of dual UK/other nationality.
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 will be considered.
Following the Home Office announcement that the UK Armed Forces will now be able to recruit commonwealth citizens without the 5 year residency requirement, please note that the RAF continues to apply standard residency requirements for security clearance, ie, DV employment requires 7-years UK residency immediately prior to enlistment; SC requires 3-years.
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|
|FEMALES - 100% pass rates:|
|AGE||2.4 Km Run||Multi-Stage Fitness Test||Press-ups||Sit-ups|
You can see the protocols for Press Ups & Sit Ups here:
You can download an MP3 file of the Multi-Stage Fitness Test below, listen to the introduction file first:
RAF MSFT: Intro
RAF MSFT: Bleep Test
You can see a video demonstration of the PRTC Fitness Test here:
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|
|16 to < 18||17||27||27||27|
- Calculate your BMI now, click here.
- 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.
- 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
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