ONGOING TRAINING/DEVELOPMENT OPPORTUNITIES
As your career progresses, we will continue to train you in new skills. In addition to management and leadership training you may be selected for one of a number of Further Training (FT) courses. This will be in one of the specialist intelligence fields of Imagery (IMINT), Signals (SIGINT) or Electronic (ELINT), after your first tour in OPINT.
YOUR FIRST TOUR
For your first tour you may be posted to an Intelligence Cell at an RAF Station where you will work in a team. You will carry out background research, assist in the preparation of intelligence briefings, and help produce intelligence reports for military operations. You could also be posted to a frontline Intelligence unit where you will be required to utilise hi-tech systems in support of more senior Int Ans acting in a tactical imagery role. Alternatively, you could be posted to a unit tasked with the collection and analysis of a variety of signals, ranging from complex communications data transmissions to sonar returns. During your first tour you will initially work under supervision until you gain experience. At the majority of these locations you may be required to work shifts.
The qualifications and experience you will gain are as valuable in the civilian world as they are in the RAF. This means that whenever you decide to leave the RAF you will be well placed to find a job in a number of fields. This could include telecommunications, analytical work, research, media, information technology or the Civil Service. All Int Ans will be offered the opportunity to complete an RAF Higher Apprenticeship in Intelligence Operations – this is the only Level 4 Apprenticeship the RAF offers. As you progress you will gain a great deal of management and leadership experience which you will have the opportunity to transfer into relevant civilian qualifications. We will give you the confidence and broad experience to succeed in whatever you choose to do.