Your career will start with the 10-week Basic Recruit Training Course (BRTC) 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 will also learn about the RAF lifestyle. Following Recruit Training, you will complete the Non-Commissioned Aircrew & Controller Initial Training Course (NCACITC) at RAF College Cranwell in Lincolnshire. This 11-week course is designed to develop your leadership and management skills in an air minded context. It includes fitness development, military training and academic study as well as practical outdoor leadership challenges.
You can find out more information about the NCACITC here.
WSOp Intelligence Surveillance Reconnaissance (ISR). If streamed (ISR) you will undergo a 12-week foundation phase. On completion you will be streamed to either the WSOp Electonic Warfare (EW) or WSOp Acoustics (Aco) specialisation.
WSOp (ISR) Electronic Warfare (EW). You will complete a 20 week EW course that will include Synthetic Training and a Flying Training phase at RNAS Culdrose. On completion, you will be assigned to either RAF Waddington or RAF Lossiemouth to complete an Operational Conversion Course of up to 6 months on the aircraft to which you have been streamed. This could be the RC-135 Rivet Joint, Reaper, Sentinel, Shadow, E3D Sentry or P8 Poseidon aircraft .
WSOp (ISR) Acoustics (Aco). You will complete a 20 week Acoustic Analysis course that will include Synthetic Training. On completion, you will be assigned to RAF Lossiemouth to complete an Operational Conversion Course of up to 6 months on the P8 Poseidon Maritime Patrol aircraft.
WSOp Rotary Wing (RW) Crewman. You will complete 56 weeks of training at RAF Shawbury. This will cover all aspects of the Rotary Wing Crewman role. You will learn the basics, on the EC-135 Juno helicopter before progressing to advanced crewman training on the EC-145 Jupiter helicopter. Once complete you will be streamed to either the Chinook or Puma helicopter fleets where you will be assigned to RAF Benson to complete an Operational Conversion Course of up to 6 months.
WSOp Multi Engine (ME) Air Loadmaster. You will remain at RAFC Cranwell and complete a 31 week training package. This is split into a 5.2 week Military Aiviation Ground School (MAGS) theory phase followed by a 25 week practical and flying phase where you will learn about the roles and responsibilities of a Multi Engine Air Loadmaster. On completion you will be streamed to one of the RAF’s transport platforms. You could be a Mission Systems Operator (MSO) on Voyager, monitoring air-to-air refuelling, or an Air Loadmaster on the Bae146, C17, C130 or A400M fleets. Once steamed you will complete the relevant Operational Conversion Course of up to 6 months.