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 Corporal and beyond is by competitive selection once you have successfully completed FT and vacancies become available. Later in their careers established Int Ans may consider applying for commissioning as Intelligence Officers in the Intelligence Branch.
If selected for the IMINT specialisation you will complete either the Defence Imagery Intelligence Analysis Course (DIIAC) or the Defence Motion Imagery Intelligence Analysis Course (DMIIAC) at Chicksands, Bedforshire. Following this course, your duties will mainly 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. On other units the task requires rapid mental and practical work to produce written reports under strict time constraints.
If selected for the SIGINT specialisation you will complete one or more courses at SIGINT Wing, DSI, JITG Chicksands. The syllabus will depend on the current operational requirements, but could include modules covering Electronic Warfare and the latest computer assisted search receivers for the analysis of more complex and technically demanding communications systems. If selected for the ELINT specialisation you will complete courses that include modules in Weapon Systems and appropriate computer applications for the analysis of radar emissions.
ADDITIONAL QUALIFICATION OPPORTUNITIES
The RAF Int An Apprenticeship Centre currently delivers a Higher Apprenticeship in Intelligence Operations, comprising a Level 4 Diploma in Intelligence Operations and Level 4 Certificate in the Knowledge of Defence Intelligence Operations. Additionally, the Apprenticeship is recognised by Staffordshire University and much of the work counts towards a degree in Intelligence & Security, should you wish to pursue it. Throughout your training you will also obtain City & Guilds Functional Skills Level 2 (Maths, English, ICT).