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Intelligence Analyst

The RAF relies heavily on defence intelligence to support operations in both peace and war time. Intelligence Analysts use state-of-the-art technologies to collect and interpret information. They provide vital intelligence to support military forces deployed around the world.

Typical Responsibilities:

• Collect, collate and evaluate intelligence from multiple sources.
• Monitor and analyse radio and electronic transmissions broadcast throughout the world.
• Analyse and interpret aerial or satellite imagery using high tech systems.
• Disseminate tailored Intelligence to commanders, aircrew or troops on the ground.

Similar civilian roles include Researcher, IT Analyst, Business Analyst.

Royal Air Force - Regular & Reserve

RAF Regulars and Reserves work side by side.

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Key Facts

Full Time
Regular

Initial pay after training

£18,305 + Benefits

Pay during training

£14,783 + Benefits

Entry level

Airmen/Airwomen

Commitment

12 Years

APPRENTICESHIP: Adv Apprenticeship In Intelligence Analysis

Spare Time
Reserve

Initial pay after training

Day rates dependent on rank, role and experience

Entry level

Airmen/Airwomen

Commitment

27 days per year for 12 years minimum. Each year includes a 15 day block for general RAF training, which is taken over a two week period, and 12 days for additional/trade training, or training exercises.

 

The possibility of being deployed to a UK or overseas base for up to 6 months after the first year.

Locations

600 Sqn RAF Northolt, Middlesex (Extremely Limited Vacancies)

602 Sqn Glasgow

611 Sqn RAF Woodvale, Merseyside

614 Sqn Cardiff, Glamorgan

7006 RAF Waddington, Lincolnshire

7010 Sqn RAF Wyton, Cambridgeshire

7630 Sqn Chicksands, Bedfordshire

502 Sqn Aldergrove Flying Station, Co Antrim (Extremely Ltd Vacancies)

7010 Sqn RAF Marham, Norfolk

607 RAF Leeming, Northallerton

Royal Air Force - Regular & Reserve

In the RAF

My Role

‘I analyse routine radar emissions – the signals that are sent out by radar around the world. The kit we use is really high-tech so you can tell a lot about the signals and we watch out for anything unexpected.

Much of the work we do is very sensitive, so you have to be very careful in this job. We learn to use all kinds of advanced computer equipment during training, which counts towards the Adv Apprenticeship In Intelligence Analysis

My Day

‘The pressure can increase very quickly in a short space of time. As an Intelligence Analyst, it’s my job to find out about threats before they become a danger so I can help prevent wars and people dying.'

Gary, Intelligence Analyst

Training

Royal Air Force - Regular & Reserve

Full Time
Regular

Initial Training

Your career will start with a 10 week Basic Recruit Training Course (BRTC) at RAF Halton in Buckinghamshire. The course will prepare you for service life in one of the most respected military forces in the world. As well as fitness and military training, you’ll also learn about the core values, code of conduct and history of the RAF, as well as its unique lifestyle.

Specialist Training

The next step is a 16-week course in the fundamentals of Intelligence at the Joint Intelligence Training Group, Chicksands in Bedfordshire. The course is designed to train you as an Operational Intelligence analyst and gives you: a good understanding of the sources of intelligence, such as imagery and communications the techniques for processing intelligence the skills to disseminate the intelligence effectively, either through written or graphical means or by delivering an intelligence briefing. The course also covers the roles of UK intelligence organisations and the RAF intelligence structure. You will also learn about IT applications and research techniques, before consolidating your training by completing a final exercise. You will also complete an RAF Advanced Apprenticeship In Intelligence Analysis’ that will allow you to gain civilian accredited qualifications.

Your Future

Intelligence analysts are required to collect, collate and evaluate the vast amount of information that is used in the production of useable, actionable intelligence reports and threat assessments. As an Int An you will consolidate your Operational Intelligence training in employment at one of several UK locations. You might support an Intelligence Cell or Team producing current operational intelligence reports for a Commander, or you could support the Squadron or Station Intelligence Officer on a frontline flying squadron, providing tactical mission support to aircrew.
Following this consolidation period, you will undertake further specialist training.
Those selected for the IMINT specialisation will complete the United Kingdom Imagery Analysis Course (UKIAC) at IMINT Wing, Royal School of Military Survey (RSMS), DISC Chicksands.
Those selected for the SIGINT specialisation will complete one or more specialist courses at SIGINT Wing, Chicksands.
You will move jobs every 3-5 years developing your experience as an Int An and RAF Airman. As an imagery specialist your duties are likely to concern the production of imagery-derived intelligence and target materials. This work requires a combination of visual-cognitive skills, intellectual attributes and practical abilities. On some units the task requires detailed research into specialised subjects in order to assemble complex written reports and illustrative materials, while on other units the task requires rapid mental and practical work to produce brief written reports under strict time constraints.
As a SIGINT specialist your employment could include Electronic Warfare and using the latest computer assisted search receivers for the analysis of more complex and technically demanding communications systems.
Those selected for ELINT specialisation will complete specialist courses that include modules in Weapon Systems and appropriate computer applications for the analysis of radar emissions. You could undertake further training in: Intelligence, Surveillance and Reconnaissance management Targeting Human Intelligence Cyber

Career Prospects/Progression

You will initially join the RAF for a period of twelve years on a Notice Engagement with effect from 1 April 2015. Promotion to Senior Aircraftsman (SAC) is after 12 months in Service (From date of attestation) and successful completion of relevant Trade Ability Tests. Further promotions are as vacancies become available and are competitive at all ranks.

Transferable Skills

The qualifications you can earn and experience you will gain are as valuable in the civilian world as they are in the RAF, which means that whenever you decide to leave the RAF, you will be well placed to find a job in a number of fields including analytical work, research, media, information technology and the Civil Service. As you move up through the ranks you will gain a great deal of management and leadership experience which you will have the opportunity to develop into related civilian qualifications. We will give you the confidence to succeed in whatever you choose to do.

 

Royal Air Force - Regular & Reserve

Spare Time
Reserve

Initial Training

Your training will start with a Basic Recruit Training Course (BRTC) consisting of 4 weekends delivered by the HQ Intelligence Reserves (HQIR), or sqn, training team, 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’ll learn about the core values, code of conduct and history of the RAF, as well as its unique lifestyle.

Specialist Training

502, 600, 611, 614, 7006(VR) and 7630(VR) Sqn Specialist Intelligence Training (Phase 2)

The next step is the Operational Air Intelligence Course (Reserve), which is a 39 day course split over 12 months. It consists of 2 modules: Module 1 comprises 4 weekends at RAF Waddington Module 2 is 8 weekends and a 15 day block at the Joint Intelligence Training Group, Chicksands in Bedfordshire. The course is designed to train you as an Operational Intelligence analyst and gives you: an understanding of the sources of intelligence, such as imagery and communications the techniques for processing intelligence the skills to disseminate the intelligence effectively, either through written or graphical means or by delivering an intelligence briefing. The course also covers the roles of UK intelligence organisations and the RAF intelligence structure. You will also learn about IT applications and research techniques.

7010(VR) Sqn Specialist Training (Phase 2)

If selected for 7010(VR) Sqn, you will complete the Reserve Forces Imagery Analysis Course (RFIAC) which is conducted over a 10 month period. The course is at the Royal School of Military Survey, Chicksands in Bedfordshire and consists of a 15 day block followed by 6 weekends and a further 15 day block. The course will train you for the production of imagery-derived intelligence and target materials.

7630(VR) Sqn Specialist Training (Phase 2)

On successful completion of the OPAIC(R) and if selected for 7630(VR) Sqn you will complete the one week Defence Debriefer course at the Joint Intelligence Training Group, Chicksands in Bedfordshire. The course will train you to undertake the formal and systematic questioning of selected consenting individuals. Your duties will be on RAF bases or at other military locations such as Chicksands in Bedfordshire, the training school for military intelligence. Throughout your career it is likely that you will be detached overseas for anything from a few days to a few months to carry out your Intelligence duties to support live operations in the air or on the ground.

Your Future

Intelligence analysts are required to collect, collate and evaluate the vast amount of information that is used in the production of useable, actionable intelligence reports and threat assessments.

502, 600, 611, 614, AND 7006(VR) Sqns

You could be employed in a Headquarters assisting with the production of current operational intelligence reports and briefings for the Station Commander, or you could be assisting the Squadron Intelligence Officer on a frontline flying squadron, by providing tactical mission support to aircrew.

7010(VR) Sqn

On 7010(VR) Sqn you could analyse images and generate reports for the intelligence departments of National and partner organisations. Working on high-tech systems, you could develop graphics and produce intelligence that will be used to help plan military operations, or you could carry out extensive background research to ensure that reports are as detailed and accurate as possible.

7630(VR) Sqn

As an intelligence analyst working as a debriefer on 7630(VR) Sqn, you will undertake information and intelligence-gathering tasks to support operations. Much of this intelligence is gathered through interviewing and debriefing both UK and foreign nationals, with the aid of an interpreter. You will be part of a small team of military Regulars and Reservists interviewing and obtaining information that is used to help to build up the overall intelligence picture.

Your duties will be on RAF bases or at other military locations such as Chicksands in Bedfordshire, the training school for military intelligence. Throughout your career it is likely that you will be detached overseas for anything from a few days to a few months to carry out your Intelligence duties to support live operations in the air or on the ground.

Career Prospects/Progression

You will initially join the RAuxAF for a period of 12 years. Promotion to Leading Aircraftsman (LAC) is after 12 months in Service (From date of attestation). Promotion to Senior Aircraftsman (SAC) is after 24 months in Service (From date of attestation) and successful completion of relevant Trade Ability Tests. Further promotions are as vacancies become available and are competitive at all ranks.

Requirements

Full Time
Regular

Job requirements

Qualifications:

Minimum of 2 GCSEs at grade C (Grade 4 to 5 with effect from Aug 17) or above or SCE Standard Grade 2/Scottish National 5 in English Language and Mathematics.

Age:

  • Minimum age 17½.  Younger candidates cannot be accepted because of current security vetting requirements.  Maximum age limit is 35yrs i.e. must have attested by their 36th birthday.

RAF Requirements

To join the RAF you will also need to meet fitness, health, nationality, residency, and other criteria detailed below.

Spare Time
Reserve

Job requirements

Qualifications:

Minimum of 2 GCSEs at grade C or above or SCE Standard Grade 2/Scottish National 5 in English Language and Mathematics.

Age:

  • 18 - 54.6

RAF Requirements

To join the RAF you will also need to meet fitness, health, nationality, residency, and other criteria detailed below.

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