Your career will start with a 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 life in the RAF. This is referred to as Phase 1 Training.
Upon successful completion of Phase 1, you will move to RAF Honington, Suffolk, here you will complete your specialist training course (Phase 2) which will last for approximately 18 weeks. You will be taught how to handle and use weapons in a professional manner and learn how to survive to fight in all environmental conditions. The course includes navigation, dismounted close combat tactics, field craft and lots of physical training. RAF Regiment training is a test of character, determination and your will to succeed. By the end of the course, you will be at peak physical fitness and have learnt to operate effectively regardless of the environment you are in. The training is hard to give you the confidence to overcome any situation you may encounter whilst on operations. You will also complete your apprenticeship, including an NVQ Level 2 in Public Services Operational Delivery (Uniform). Once you have completed your specialist training you will find out which Squadron you will be posted to. Prior to starting your first tour you will spend a further 10 weeks with your Phase 2 course learning additional skills which make your transition to Squadron life easier, e.g. Driver Training.
Your first tour
For your first tour, you will be posted to an operational RAF Regiment squadron in the UK. Here you will consolidate your training and specialise in all the tactics, weapon systems and surveillance equipment to ensure that our overseas flying bases are protected from enemy actions. Your primary role will be to patrol as part of a team in a large area surrounding an airfield to deter, locate and destroy the enemy.
Ongoing Training/Development Opportunities
As your career progresses, we will continue to train you in new skills, particularly different weapon systems. There are opportunities to learn specialist combat medical skills, undertake management and leadership training and complete GCSEs, A-levels and more advanced NVQs. In addition, you will have the chance to gain qualifications in adventurous sports such as mountaineering, rock climbing, skiing, sailing and canoeing and for you to lead training as an Enhanced Team Leader.
Your Future 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. After completing one year’s total service you will be eligible for promotion to Senior Aircraftman, providing you pass a Trade Ability Test and Basic Trade Training. Further promotion to the rank of Lance Corporal and beyond is by competitive selection. Like most people in the RAF, you will move jobs every few years, and each job is known as a tour. There are a wide range of jobs available to an RAF Regiment Gunner including Forward Air Controller; Parachutist; Chemical, Biological, Radiological and Nuclear Defence Specialist, Force Protection Instructor; and Ceremonial Duties. Whatever your role, you will regularly deploy on overseas operations and exercises around the globe.
The qualifications and experience you will gain as a Gunner are valuable to civilian life – which means that whenever you decide to leave the RAF, you will be well placed to find a new job. As you move up the ranks, you will gain a great deal of practical management and leadership experience, which you can develop into related civilian qualifications. Gunners who have left the Service have started their own businesses or joined the police or other emergency services.
Female Applicants - Open for Applications
We are now accepting registrations and applications for the role with immediate effect.