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RAF Regiment Officer

RAF Regiment Officers specialise in ground combat tactics, weaponry and field craft. They lead and direct the RAF Regiment squadrons that protect RAF bases and forward operating bases.

Typical responsibilities include:

  • Evaluate tactical situations, formulate a plan and brief troops
  • Lead a flight of around 30 men to protect RAF aircraft, people and bases
  • Operate in peacekeeping, counter terrorist and full-scale war situations

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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

£30,616 + Benefits

Pay during training

£25,727 + Benefits

Entry level

Officer

Commitment

Usual service

12 Years

Spare Time
Reserve

Initial pay after training

Day rates dependent on rank, role and experience

Entry level

Only qualified ex-military commissioned personnel, are currently eligible for this role.

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

603 Sqn Edinburgh, Scotland

606 Sqn RAF Benson, Oxfordshire (Extremely Ltd Vacancies)

609 Sqn RAF Leeming, Yorkshire

2503 Sqn RAF Waddington, Lincolnshire (Extremely Ltd Vacancies)

2620 Sqn RAF Marham, Norfolk

2622 Sqn RAF Lossiemouth, Moray (Extremely Ltd Vacancies)

2623 Sqn RAF Honington, Suffolk (Extremely Ltd Vacancies)

2624 Sqn RAF Brize Norton, Oxfordshire (Extremely Ltd Vacancies)

‘[I've been overseas on operations] , doing exactly what the RAF Regiment was formed to do: defending an airfield in a hostile environment.’

Paul, RAF Regiment Officer

In the RAF

My Role

‘As an RAF Regiment Officer, it’s my job to command and inspire a “flight” of up to 35 men. Because we’re the infantry of the RAF, I’ve got to be able to do the same as an infantryman, plus lead. It can be tough when you’re in the field and really tired, but you have to keep thinking on your feet.

During detachment in Iraq, my flight had to react to a suspected rocket attack on the air base at Basra. Because we couldn’t reach the rocket launch site any other way, we were dropped into the target area by Merlin helicopter.


We worked with bomb-disposal experts to sweep the surrounding area in case any of the enemy were still around. When we’d made sure it was safe, the rocket was disposed of by a controlled explosion that could be heard ten kilometres away. It was a really rewarding detachment and we were all buzzing for weeks afterwards.’

My Day

‘There’s no such thing as a typical day – things vary so much from tour to tour. The most satisfying work is when we’re on field operations, but there are lots of other challenges. At the moment, I’m responsible for training new recruits – turning them from civilians into Gunners.’

Paul, RAF Regiment Officer

Training

Full Time
Regular

Initial Training

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.

Specialist Training

Next, you will undertake the arduous Junior Regiment Officers’ Course (JROC) which is 37 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 men and end up leading a Flight of some 30 airmen (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.

Ongoing Development

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.

Transferable Skills

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

The Secretary of Defence announced that the RAF Regiment will begin taking women into service in September 2017. We are now accepting registrations and applications for the role with immediate effect.

Spare Time
Reserve

Reserve Officer Initial Training

After basic training, recruits go on to Reserve Officer Initial Training during their second year. This combines distance learning with residential weekends at the prestigious RAF College Cranwell in Lincolnshire. It also includes a two-week residential phase at Cranwell where Reserves mix with Regular Officers on their initial training. During this period you will gain the skills and knowledge to command and lead in military roles and beyond. 

Female Applicants

The Prime Minister on Friday 8 July 2016, stated that the current policy exclusion for women in Ground Close Combat (GCC) roles will now be lifted. As a female applicant, you can now register your interest in this role; however, your application will only be taken forward when physiological mitigation for men and women in the role has been further developed and better understood. A managed roll out and implementation of this change will be completed to mitigate health risks and is expected to be no later than 2018. This change also applies to the RAuxAF Regiment. You will be kept informed of the progress and immediately informed of when it is possible to proceed with your application. We look forward to your registration.

Requirements

Full Time
Regular

Job requirements

Qualifications:

You will need a minimum of 5 GCSEs (or acceptable equivalents) at a minimum of Grade C (Grade 4 to 5 with effect from Aug 17) or 5 Scottish Certificate of Education (SCE) Standard Grades at a minimum of Grade 2 or 5 Scottish National Equivalent (SNE) grades at a minimum of Grade 5, including English Language and Mathematics.

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 English Language and Mathematics GCSEs at a minimum of Grade C (Grade 4 to 5 with effect from Aug 17), SCE at a minimum of Grade 2 or SNE at Grade 5.

Age:

  • 17 ½ - 36 (Civilian candidates must enter IOT before their 37th birthday.  Upper age limit does not apply for the Commissioned Warrant Officer scheme)

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:

You will need a minimum of 5 GCSEs (or acceptable equivalents) at a minimum of Grade C (Grade 4 to 5 with effect from Aug 17) or 5 Scottish Certificate of Education (SCE) Standard Grades at a minimum of Grade 2 or 5 Scottish National Equivalent (SNE) grades at a minimum of Grade 5, including English Language and Mathematics.

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 160 UCAS points.

Alternatively, if you hold a UK degree at Grade 2:2 or higher (or acceptable alternative), you only need English Language and Mathematics GCSEs at a minimum of Grade C (Grade 4 to 5 with effect from Aug 17), SCE at a minimum of Grade 2 or SNE at Grade 5.

Only qualified ex-military personnel, are currently eligible for this role.

Age:

18 – 54 (Must attest before 55th birthday – Ex Regulars over the age of 55 may be considered on a case by case basis)

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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Full Time
Regular

Spare Time
Reserve