Intelligence Intelligence Analyst (Linguist) CURRENTLY RECRUITING

As an RAF Intelligence Analyst Linguist, you will interpret foreign language transmissions using state-of-the-art surveillance systems, providing vital intelligence to support military forces deployed around the world.

Full-time regular Spare time reserve

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PAY DURING TRAINING £14,931 + Benefits

Initial pay after training £18,489 + Benefits

New applicants could also be eligible for a £18,000 joining bonus. Details can be found here.

 

There is also the opportunity to gain a £6000 University Bursary. Details can be found here.

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DAY RATE STARTS AT: Depends on role and experience

WHAT WILL YOU DO?

TYPICAL RESPONSIBILITIES

  • Collect, collate and evaluate intelligence from multiple sources
  • Monitor and analyse radio and electronic transmissions broadcast throughout the world
  • Gather valuable information about enemies strengths, weaknesses and movements
  • Disseminate tailored Intelligence to commanders, aircrew or troops on the ground

COULD YOU BE THE EARS THAT KEEP US SAFE?

COULD YOU BE THE EARS THAT KEEP US SAFE?

Becoming an Intelligence Analyst (Linguist) in the RAF means having the incredible opportunity to learn another language; opening yourself to a wider world and culture, whilst doing a job that brings essential communication for the RAF. When not deployed on operations around the world, you will intercept, translate and analyse foreign signals. The information is passed up the chain of command and distributed throughout the British Armed Forces to ensure they are able to carry out their roles safely; it alerts them to any potential threat to life or operations. You could be listening to Air Traffic Control or communications between enemy troops.

 

Is this for you?

APPLICANTS MUST:

  • Be aged 17½ – 35 (Must attest by 36th birthday)
  • Have GCSE at Grade C/4-5 or above or SCE Standard Grade 2/Scottish National 5 in English Language and Maths
  • Be a UK citizen from birth
  • Must have resided in the UK for 7 years immediately preceding application
  • Commit minimum 3 years post Phase Two Training after specialist training.
  • Parents/Spouse must currently have UK citizenship
  • Meet the health and fitness criteria
  • Pass the Airman Selection Test
  • Pass a General Fitness Test

GREAT FOR THOSE INTERESTED IN:

  • Analysis and maths
  • Helping people
  • Gaming & Computers

Apprenticeships available

APPLICANTS MUST:

  • Be aged 18 – 54 (Must attest before 55th birthday – Ex Regulars over the age of 55 may be considered on a case by case basis)
  • Have GCSE at Grade C/4-5 or above or SCE Standard Grade 2/Scottish National 5 in English Language and Maths
  • Be a UK, Republic of Ireland or Commonwealth citizen
  • Commit 27 days per year for 12 years minimum
  • Meet the health and fitness criteria
  • Pass the Airman Selection Test
  • Pass a General Fitness Test

GREAT FOR THOSE INTERESTED IN:

  • Being creative
  • Analysis and maths
  • Gaming & Computers

Locations

502 Sqn Aldergrove Flying Station, Co Antrim
505 Sqn RAF St Mawgan, Newquay
600 Sqn RAF Northolt, Middlesex
602 Sqn Glasgow
607 Sqn RAF Leeming, Northallerton
611 Sqn RAF Woodvale, Merseyside
614 Sqn Cardiff, Glamorgan
Int Res Sqn RAF Waddington, Lincolnshire

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WHY JOIN THE RAF?

Thanks to subsidised food, travel, accommodation and free gym you get more money in your pocket.

Salary
Benefits Salary
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  • Rent from £75p/m
  • Free gym
  • Subsidised food
  • Health care
  • World travel
  • 6 weeks holiday

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WHY JOIN THE RESERVES?

The skills you acquire as a Reserve won’t just prepare you for the RAF, they will enhance your work and civilian life.

You might be called up to assist with our operations worldwide for up to six months, during which you may be able to claim a pay award to cover your and your employer’s costs.

  • Training
  • Free gym
  • Subsidised food
  • Paid pension
  • Paid holiday

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TRAINING AND CAREER

TRAINING YOU’LL RECEIVE

Your career will start with a 10-week Basic Recruit Training Course (BRTC) at RAF Halton in Buckinghamshire. The course is designed to help you adjust to a military environment. As well as fitness and military training, you’ll also learn about the RAF lifestyle.

SPECIALIST TRAINING

The next step is a specialist training course at the Defence Centre for Languages and Culture (DCLC) Chicksands, Defence Academy, which lasts up to 2 years, depending on the language you’re learning. You’ll learn Arabic or Farsi as a first language (with the opportunity to learn more languages as you progress) up to an extremely high level. You will also undertake elements of the Fundamentals of Intelligence course. These elements will give you an understanding of the sources of intelligence, the techniques for processing intelligence and basic report writing. When you have finished your language training, you will be eligible to join the Chartered Institute of Linguists. The course will also cover the roles of UK intelligence organisations, and the RAF intelligence structure, as well as introducing you to the worlds of electronic warfare and electronic intelligence. You will also learn about IT applications and develop keyboard skills.

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YOUR FUTURE

As an Intelligence Analyst Linguist, you could be employed at one of several UK locations where you will work in shifts, operating state-of-the-art equipment to carry out your mission. You will move jobs every 3-5 years developing your experience as an Intelligence Analyst Linguist and RAF Airman. Wherever you work as an Intelligence Analyst Linguist you will find yourself working alongside colleagues from the other Services, since the Intelligence Analyst Linguist is one of those at the forefront of the Joint Services environment. Dependent on operational requirements, you may spend a tour as part of an Army Electronic Warfare Regiment or a Defence Human Intelligence Unit where you will get the opportunity to work in both mobile and static roles. In this environment, your duties may include overseas detachments of up to several months duration, frequently under field conditions, participating in land and maritime operations. In preparation for these duties, personnel will be required to carry out the appropriate military training. There are opportunities for further language training as well as further training in Human Intelligence.

CAREER PROSPECTS AND PROGRESSION

You will initially join the RAF for a period of twelve years. 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.

 

TRANSFERABLE SKILLS

The qualifications you can earn are as valuable in the civilian world as they are in the RAF – which means that whenever you decide to leave the RAF, you’ll be well placed to find a job in a number of fields including languages, interpreting, 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.

If you would like to utilise your language skills in an airborne-based career, please take a look at this role.  * - Subject to Entry and Eligibility Criteria.

 

TRAINING AND CAREER

INITIAL TRAINING

Your training will start with a Basic Recruit Training Course (BRTC) consisting of 4 weekends at your chosen RAF Reserves Squadron, followed by a 15-day residential training course at RAF Halton in Buckinghamshire. This training course 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 will 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.

SPECIALIST TRAINING

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 INTELLIGENCE ANALYST NATIONALITY &RESIDENCY REQUIREMENTS)

Candidates who meet the criteria and wish to progress beyond the rank of Senior Aircraftsman will then complete the Operational Air Intelligence Course, 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, 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.

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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.

FUTURE 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 Reserves 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.

Commitment and location

You will have to commit to 27 days per year for 12 years minimum.


Each year includes a 15-day block for general RAF training, and 12 separate days for extra training or exercises.


You might be deployed to a UK or overseas base for up to 6 months after the first year.

ENTRY REQUIREMENTS

ALL APPLICANTS MUST:

You must have been a citizen of the United Kingdom since birth.

Be aged between 17½ and 35 (Applicants must attest by 36th birthday)

ALL APPLICANTS MUST:

You must have been a citizen of the United Kingdom since birth.

Be aged between 18 and 54 years old.

EDUCATION REQUIREMENTS

Have these minimum grades:

  GCSE GCSE 2017 SNE
Mathematics C Grade 4 Grade 5
English Language C Grade 4 Grade 5

find a list of the approved subjects here

FITNESS REQUIREMENTS

You must be physically fit to complete both initial and specialist training, and to do your role effectively. To check your fitness levels, we put every candidate through two or three separate fitness tests as part of the application process: Selection Fitness Test, Pre-joining Fitness Test or Pre-recruit Training Course.
How fit you need to be to pass these tests can vary depending on role, age and gender.

MALES - 100% pass rates:
AGE 2.4 Km Run Multi-Stage Fitness Test Press-ups Sit-ups
  (Mins) (Score) (No.) (No.)
15-16 11.39 9.03 20 35
17-29 11.11 9.1 20 35
30-34 11.36 9.04 19 32
35-39 12 8.09 18 29
40-44 12.26 8.03 17 26

 

FEMALES - 100% pass rates:
AGE 2.4 Km Run Multi-Stage Fitness Test Press-ups Sit-ups
  (Mins) (Score) (No.) (No.)
15-16 13.54 6.07 10 32
17-29 13.23 7.02 10 32
30-34 13.47 6.08 9 29
35-39 14.13 6.04 8 26
40-44 14.48 5.08 7 23

HEALTH REQUIREMENTS

BEFORE YOUR APPLICATION:

There are health requirements that must be met by all applicants:

  • Body Mass Index requirements:
Age Male and female minimum Male and female maximum Male maximum with additional assessment Female maximum with additional assessment
18 + 18 28 32 30
16 to < 18 17 27 27 27
  • Eyesight requirements vary for different roles. A requirement to wear glasses or contact lenses may be allowed for aircrew.

Get in touch if you have any questions about the health criteria, or would like to find out if any additional health requirements apply to your role of interest.

DURING YOUR APPLICATION:

The Medical Risk Assessment that all candidates undergo is there to make sure that you are healthy enough for the intense training required by the RAF. Your application will be rejected if you fail to meet the minimum acceptable medical standard for entry. Your medical history is confidential and is not disclosed to those not authorised to hold this information.

BACKGROUND CHECKS

YOU MUST:

  • Declare any previous spent and unspent convictions
  • Check if you qualify under the Rehabilitation of Offenders Act 1974 through this summary
  • Have a basic background check to get Security Check level clearance

DISQUALIFYING FACTORS

YOU CAN'T APPLY FOR THE RAF IF YOU:

  • Have been or are a member of a group that stirs up racial hatred and violence
  • Are waiting to appear in court, or have unspent convictions. You may also have to declare spent convictions for certain roles
  • Misuse drugs, solvents and anabolic steroids. But each case is considered upon its own merits
  • Have tattoos, brands or bead implants that are obscene or offensive. All tattoos must not be visible above the neck collar or below the sleeve cuff while wearing uniform
  • Have body piercing which causes holes that do not close up
  • Declare yourself to be an 'undischarged' bankrupt

EDUCATION REQUIREMENTS

Have these minimum grades:

  GCSE GCSE 2017 SNE
Mathematics C Grade 4 Grade 5
English Language C Grade 4 Grade 5
(preferably) Science or Technology C Grade 4 Grade 5

find a list of the approved subjects here

FITNESS REQUIREMENTS

You must be physically fit to complete both initial and specialist training, and to do your role effectively. To check your fitness levels, we put every candidate through a Pre-joining Fitness Test. 
How fit you need to be to pass this test can vary depending on role, age and gender.

MALES - 100% pass rates:

AGE

2.4 Km Run

Multi-Stage Fitness Test

Press-ups

Sit-ups

 

(Mins)

(Score)

(No.)

(No.)

15-16

11.39

9.03

20

35

17-29

11.11

9.1

20

35

30-34

11.36

9.04

19

32

35-39

12

8.09

18

29

40-44

12.26

8.03

17

26

 

FEMALES - 100% pass rates:

AGE

2.4 Km Run

Multi-Stage Fitness Test

Press-ups

Sit-ups

 

(Mins)

(Score)

(No.)

(No.)

15-16

13.54

6.07

10

32

17-29

13.23

7.02

10

32

30-34

13.47

6.08

9

29

35-39

14.13

6.04

8

26

40-44

14.48

5.08

7

23

HEALTH REQUIREMENTS

BEFORE YOUR APPLICATION:

There are health requirements that must be met by all applicants:

  • Body Mass Index requirements:
Age Male and female minimum Male and female maximum Male maximum with additional assessment Female maximum with additional assessment
18 + 18 28 32 30
16 to < 18 17 27 27 27
  • Eyesight requirements vary for different roles. A requirement to wear glasses or contact lenses may be allowed for aircrew.

Get in touch if you have any questions about the health criteria, or would like to find out if any additional health requirements apply to your role of interest.

DURING YOUR APPLICATION:

The Medical Risk Assessment that all candidates undergo is there to make sure that you are healthy enough for the intense training required by the RAF. Your application will be rejected if you fail to meet the minimum acceptable medical standard for entry. Your medical history is confidential and is not disclosed to those not authorised to hold this information.

BACKGROUND CHECKS

YOU MUST:

  • Declare any previous spent and unspent convictions
  • Check if you qualify under the Rehabilitation of Offenders Act 1974 through this summary
  • Have a basic background check to get Security Check level clearance

DISQUALIFYING FACTORS

YOU CAN'T APPLY FOR THE RAF IF YOU:

  • Have been or are member of a group that stirs up racial hatred and violence
  • Are waiting to appear in court, or have unspent convictions. You may also have to declare spent convictions for certain roles
  • Misuse drugs, solvents and anabolic steroids. But each case is considered upon its own merits
  • Have tattoos, brands or bead implants that are obscene or offensive. All tattoos must not be visible above the neck collar or below the sleeve cuff while wearing uniform
  • Have body piercing which causes holes that do not close up
  • Declare yourself to be an 'undischarged' bankrupt

If you don’t have any of the above, you might still be able to apply. For more information contact your local AFCO.

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GOT WHAT IT TAKES?

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