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. You can find out more information about IOT in this publication.
Next, you will undertake the arduous Junior Regiment Officers’ Course (JROC) which is 26 weeks of tough ground combat training. Our fitness will step up a level while you are taught how to soldier and then how to command and lead men. You will start with leading a Section of 8 Gunners and end up leading a Flight of some 30 RAF Regiment Gunners. You will make friends who will last a lifetime and you will get to know them better than you know your own family.
RAF Regiment training is a real test of character, determination and the will to succeed. By the end of the course, you will be at peak physical fitness and you will have learned how to operate effectively in different environments and all kinds of conditions. The training needs to be hard to give you the confidence to overcome any situation that you may find yourself in during operations; with determination you can do it.
Your first tour
For your first tour, you will be posted to an operational RAF Regiment Squadron based in the UK. Here you will consolidate your training on Squadron exercises and also have the opportunity do adventurous training and sport. The most important thing is for you to get to know your men and for them to know and respect you, so that when you are on operations they can trust you and have confidence in the decisions you make.
Your Career Prospects
You will join the RAF on an Initial Commission of 12 years and may be selected to serve on a pension earning commission of 20 years service or age 40, whichever is the later, during this time. Promotion to the rank of Flight Lieutenant is on a time served/satisfactory service basis after 3½ years from completing IOT. Further promotion to Squadron Leader and above is by competitive selection.
JROC is only the beginning; as you undertake new roles you will complete courses to help you meet any challenge, be it Forward Air Controlling, Jungle or Arctic Warfare courses or military parachuting. Life as a RAF Regiment Officer is never predictable and a new challenge is always just around the corner. Much will be demanded of you, but in return, you will go to places and experience a world your civilian friends can only dream of. The challenge is there, the rest is up to you.
RAF Regiment Officers who have left the RAF have found jobs in the fields of emergency planning, risk management and management consultancy, among many others.
Female Applicants - Open for Applications
We are now accepting registrations and applications for the role with immediate effect.