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.
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 in Operational Intelligence and will give you a good understanding of the sources of intelligence - such as imagery and communications – and the techniques for processing intelligence. Similarly, you will develop the skills to disseminate that intelligence 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 learn about IT applications and research techniques, before consolidating your training by completing a final exercise. You will also complete an RAF Higher Apprenticeship in Intelligence Operations that will allow you to gain civilian accredited qualifications.
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 the Station Intelligence Cell by producing reports and briefing the Station Commander, or you could support the Squadron Intelligence Officer on a frontline flying squadron by 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), JITG Chicksands.
Those selected for the SIGINT specialisation will complete one or more specialist courses at SIGINT Wing, JITG, 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 or Cyber.
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.
As part of your initial training you will gain a Higher Apprenticeship in Intelligence Operations. 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.