INITIAL OFFICER TRAINING
Like all our officers, you will begin your RAF career by completing the Initial Officer Training Course at the RAF College Cranwell in Lincolnshire. You will complete a challenging modular 24-week course, split into 4 distinct terms designed to develop your robustness, fitness, leadership and academic skills through a number of indoor and outdoor exercises across the UK.
Your specialist training begins with Elementary Flying Training (EFT), including ground school and then flying the Tutor or Prefect aircraft. You will then go to a Formal Training Unit (FTU) in the USA to train on the Reaper or Protector aircraft, before being awarded your RPAS(P) wings.
The FTU is currently completed at Holloman Air Force Base, New Mexico, USA. You will spend 6 months completing the training elements and learning how to operate the aircraft and employ weapons.