Your training will start with the Basic Recruit Training Course (BRTC) Mod 1 consisting of 4 weekends delivered by the HQ Intelligence Reserves, or General Support Sqn, training team. This is then followed by BRTC Mod 2 which is a 15 day residential training course held at RAF Halton in Buckinghamshire. This training will prepare you for service life in one of the most respected military forces in the world; it is also designed to help you tune into the military environment and way of life. As well as military training, you’ll learn about the core values, code of conduct and history of the RAF, as well as its unique lifestyle. During this time a language examination will be arranged to have your skills formally assessed; there are financial rewards for those who display a sufficient standard.
You will complete the 7 days Open Source Practitioner Course at the Joint Intelligence Training Group (JITG), Chicksands in Bedfordshire. The course will train you in the exploitation of material derived from a variety of media sources.
Intelligence Training (For those meeting Int An nationality & residency requirements)
Candidates who meet the Int nationality and residency requirements and wish to progress beyond the rank of Senior Aircraftsman (SAC) will then complete the Operational Air Intelligence Course (Reserve) (OpAIC(R)), which is a 39 day course split over 11 months. It consists of 11 training weekends and a 15 day block at the Joint Intelligence Training Group (JITG), Chicksands in Bedfordshire. The Training Delivery Division at Chicksands was officially recognised by OFSTED in Oct 2016 as ‘Outstanding’ for its outcomes for trainees, quality of welfare & duty of care and its effectiveness of leadership and management.
The course is designed to train you as a generic intelligence analyst and gives you an understanding of the different sources of intelligence, such as imagery intelligence and open source intelligence to augment your language skills.
The course also teaches the techniques for processing intelligence and the skills required to disseminate intelligence effectively, either through written or graphical means or by delivering an intelligence briefing. The course covers the roles of UK intelligence organisations and the RAF intelligence structure within the wider MOD. You will also learn about IT applications and research techniques.
Additional Qualification Opportunities
Work is currently in progress for recruits who complete the OpAIC(R) to be awarded a Level 4 Apprenticeship in Intelligence Operations. The intelligence training provided may also count towards a degree in Intelligence & International Relations or Intelligence & Security should recruits wish to pursue it.
On-going Training/Development Opportunities
As your career progresses, we will continue to train you in new skills. As a means of broadening your personal development and expansion of professional knowledge, you will be actively encouraged to undertake further education and training. The opportunity to move between different Int Reserve squadrons and flights will also be encouraged to offer greater variety, experience and opportunities for career progression.
Your Career Prospects
You will initially join the RAuxAF for a period of 12 years. Promotion to Leading Aircraftsman (LAC) is after 12 months in Service (from date of attestation). Promotion to SAC is after 24 months in Service (from date of attestation) and successful completion of relevant Trade Ability Tests. Progression beyond SAC for Int An (L) personnel is conditional on completing OpAIC(R) and other challenging employment may be based on achieving a higher level of security clearance (Developed Vetting) Further promotions are as vacancies become available and are competitive at all ranks.