The roles of our pilots are as varied as the aircraft. You will be streamed to fast-jet, multi-engine or rotary-wing (helicopter) aircraft according to operational requirements and your flying ability. You will then usually specialize in that aircraft type throughout your career. As the pilot of a multi-role Fast Jet aircraft, your primary role would be air-to-air combat and ground attack. In Air Mobility (transport aircraft) you would be sent anywhere in the world on military support, humanitarian aid or air-to-air refuelling missions. In Rotary Wing your duties would include delivering troops and vital equipment within combat zones. In aircraft supporting Intelligence, Surveillance Target Acquisition and Reconnaissance tasks, you would contribute to the UK understanding of activities taking place in our increasingly complex, congested and contested world.
Is this for you?
- Be aged 17.5 – 25 years old (Must attest before 26th birthday)
- Have GCSEs at Grade C/4 or SNE at Grade 5 or SCE Standard Grades at Grade 2/SNE 5 in English and Maths and at least three other subjects. Have at least 2 A2 Levels/3 Highers at Grade C or above (excluding General Studies or Critical Thinking) which must total a minimum of 64 UCAS points
- Be a citizen of the United Kingdom or holder of dual UK/ other nationality
- Commit to minimum 12 years service
- Meet the health and fitness criteria
- Pass a General Fitness Test
GREAT FOR THOSE INTERESTED IN:
- Analysis and maths
- Gaming & Computers
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
You’ll begin your RAF career with a 24-week Initial Officer Training (IOT) at the RAF College Cranwell in Lincolnshire designed to develop your leadership and management skills.
Your specialist training begins with Elementary Flying Training, flying the Tutor or Prefect aircraft. You will then be streamed to fast jet; multi-engine or rotary (helicopter) flying training.
Fast-jet training lasts 21 months and you will initially fly the Texan at RAF Valley, after which you will be awarded your pilot ‘wings’.
You will then go on to fly the Hawk T2 at RAF Valley and, after successful completion of the tactical weapons phase, you will go to an Operational Conversion Unit, where you will train on the specific aircraft that you will be flying in a front-line role (e.g. Typhoon).
The training to fly multi-engine aircraft is 10 months long, during which you will fly the Tutor/Prefect and the Phenom at RAFC Cranwell.
You will then be awarded your pilot ‘wings’ and go to an Operational Conversion Unit to train on the aircraft that you will be flying operationally (e.g. C17).
If you are streamed to rotary you will spend 18 months flying both single-engine Juno helicopters and multi-engine Jupiter helicopters at RAF Shawbury.
After your training, you will be awarded your pilot ‘wings’. You will then go to an Operational Conversion Unit where you will train on the helicopter that you will be flying operationally (e.g. Chinook).
During your first tour, you will probably be detached overseas for anything from a few days to a few months. You could fly on a training exercise in allied airspace or carry out your role on operations over hostile territory.
YOUR FUTURE CAREER PROSPECTS/PROGRESSION
You will join the RAF on an Initial Commission of 12 years and may be selected to serve on a pension earning commission of 20 years' service or age 40, whichever is the later, during this time. Promotion to the rank of Flight Lieutenant is on a time served/satisfactory service basis. Further promotion to Squadron Leader and above is by competitive selection.
As a pilot, you will have opportunities for further professional development throughout your career. As well as training to fly different aircraft at Operational Conversion Units, there are opportunities for structured command and staff training as your career progresses
The skills and experience you gain throughout your career as a pilot in the RAF could equip you for a number of civilian jobs, including commercial airline pilot; pilot trainer; and a host of management posts.
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 holder of dual UK/other nationality.
Be aged between 17.5 and 25 years old. (Must attest before 26th birthday)
|Mathematics||C||Grade 4||Grade 5|
|English Language||C||Grade 4||Grade 5|
|Three other subjects||C||Grade 4||Grade 5|
Have at least 2 A2 Levels/3 Highers at Grade C or above (excluding General Studies or Critical Thinking) which must total a minimum of 64 UCAS points.
If you hold a UK degree at Grade 2:2 or higher (or acceptable alternative) you only need Mathematics and English Language GCSEs at a minimum of Grade C (Grade 4-5) or Mathematics and English Language SCE Standard Grades of 2 or SNE Grade 5
NATIONALITY & RESIDENCY
You must be a citizen of the United Kingdom or 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 but candidates with a minimum of 3 years may be considered.
Following the MOD 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:
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|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 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