The roles of our Weapon Systems Officer are as varied as our aircraft with the field of Intelligence, Surveillance Target Acquisition and Reconnaissance offering the most opportunities. You will be streamed to an aircraft type and role according to operational requirements and your ability. You will then specialise in that aircraft type for the initial part of your career. As a Weapons Systems Officer, your primary role could be to manage complex sensors and weapons during operational missions whilst gathering intelligence and supporting forces on the ground.
Aircrew Weapon Systems Officer
As a Weapon Systems Officer you will manage the sensors and weapons of a particular aircraft during operational missions, whilst at the same time gathering intelligence and supporting forces on the ground.
Pay During Initial Officer Training £27,200+
Pay after Initial Officer Training £31,800+
Is this for you?
- Be aged 17.6 - 32 years old (Must attest before 33rd birthday)
- Have GCSE at Grade C/4-5 or SCE Standard Grades at Grade 2/Scottish National 5 in English Language, 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
- You must be a citizen of the United Kingdom since birth
- Must have resided in the UK for at least 7 years immediately preceding application
- Your parents/spouse must currently have UK citizenship
- Commit to 12 years of service
GREAT FOR THOSE INTERESTED IN:
- Gaming & Computers
- Analysis and maths
WHAT WILL YOU DO?
- Manage a mission crew of highly capable Weapon System Operators
- Track submarines or enemy ships
- Provide long-range search-and-rescue or operate overland in support of combat operations
You could also be managing a mission crew of highly capable Weapon Systems Operators. In a multi-engine maritime patrol aircraft, you would track submarines or enemy ships, provide long-range search-and-rescue or operate overland in support of combat operations. With experience, you may become an instructor and train another RAF aircrew.
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
- World travel
- Subsidised food
- Health care
TRAINING YOU'LL RECEIVE
Like all our officers, you will begin your RAF career with Initial Officer Training (IOT) at the RAF College Cranwell in Lincolnshire. You will follow a challenging 24-week course designed to develop your leadership and management skills. The course includes fitness development, military training and academic study as well as practical outdoor leadership challenges.
Your specialist training would begin with a one-week course at RAF Henlow in Bedfordshire to learn how the human body reacts to being in the air.
You would then move on to studying aircraft and mission systems as well as aviation related subjects to prepare you for basic flying training. This training over the next 6-8 months will be a combination of live flying, utilising the Avenger aircraft at RNAS Culdrose, and simulators.
You would then progress to an Operational Conversion Course of up to 6 months on the aircraft to which you have been assigned.
YOUR FIRST TOUR
For your first tour, you would be posted to a flying station where your specialist aircraft type is based. You would carry out an operational and training role which may include frequent overseas detachments and which will test your training and your aircraft in what may be hostile conditions. There will be other more experienced Weapon System Officers there to whom you can turn for advice and support but they will be relying on you as a full team member of a front-line squadron.
YOUR CAREER PROSPECTS
You will join the RAF on an Initial Commission of 12 years and will be selected to serve on a pension earning commission of 20 years’ service or to age 40, whichever is the latter, on completion of your first Operational Conversion course. Promotion to the rank of Flight Lieutenant is on a time served/satisfactory service basis 3½ years after completing Initial Officer Training. Further promotion to Squadron Leader and above is by competitive selection.
As a Weapon Systems Officer, 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 would gain throughout your career as a Weapon Systems Officer could directly equip you for a number of civilian jobs, including ROV Sensor Operator; project manager, aviation instructor, aerial or maritime surveyor etc.
ALL APPLICANTS MUST:
Be a citizen of the United Kingdom since birth .
Be between 17.5 and 32 years old. (Must attest before 33rd birthday)
|Mathematics||C||Grade 4||Grade 5|
|English Language||C||Grade 4||Grade 5|
|Three other subjects||C||Grade 4||Grade 5|
In addition, you need 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.
Alternatively, 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/4-5 or Mathematics and English Language SCE Standard Grades of 2 or SNE Grade 5 (A-C).
NATIONALITY & RESIDENCY
You must be a UK citizen since birth.
You must have resided in the UK for 7 years immediately prior to application.
Your parents/spouse must currently have UK citizenship.
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:|
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|FEMALES - 100% pass rates:|
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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:
Male and female minimum
Male and female maximum
Male maximum with additional assessment
Female maximum with additional assessment
16 to < 18
- 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 spent or unspent convictions that may be excluded from 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.
Any permanent or temporary tattoos, whether ordinarily visible or not, must not be obscene or offensive (eg, racist, anti-religion or belief, crude, overtly sexist, homophobic, drug related or of an extreme political nature). Tattoos may be worn on the side and back of the neck but tattoos on the back of the neck must not extend above the natural hairline (scalp tattoos are not permitted). In addition, tattoos must not be visible below the sleeve cuff while wearing uniform, although a single finger (not thumb) tattoo that could be covered by a ring may be permitted
- Have body piercing which causes holes that do not close up
- Declare yourself to be an 'undischarged' bankrupt
A revised facial hair policy has been agreed by the Air Force Board which will allow serving personnel to wear a smart, neatly-trimmed, full-set beard whilst maintaining high standards of appearance. The length of acceptable beards is between Grade 1 (2.5mm) and Grade 8 (25.5mm).
The wearing of beards during Phase 1 and Phase 2 training is currently under consideration and details will be advised when available.