Intelligence

Intelligence Analyst (Linguist)

The RAF relies heavily on defence intelligence to support operations in both peace and war time. Intelligence Analysts (Linguist) interpret foreign language transmissions using state-of-the-art surveillance systems. They provide vital intelligence to support military forces deployed around the world.

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.

Similar civilian roles include Translator, Telecommunications Specialist or Language Teacher.

RAF Regulars and Reserves work side by side.

Scroll down to explore the opportunities as an Intelligence Analyst (Linguist) in the RAF.

Key Facts

Full Time Regular

Full Time Regular

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.

Pay during training

£14,931 + Benefits

Entry level

Airmen/Airwomen

Commitment

Minimum 3 years post Phase Two Training

Spare Time Reserve

Spare Time Reserve

Initial pay after training

Day rates dependent on rank, role and experience

Commitment

27 days per year for 12 years minimum. Each year includes a 15 day block for general RAF training, which is taken over a two week period, and 12 days for additional/trade training, or training exercises.

The possibility of being deployed to a UK or overseas base for up to 6 months after the first year.

In the RAF

My Role

My role is to interpret for British personnel. The role involves verbally interpreting in meetings and can also include the translation of printed or handwritten documents. Without interpreters, British personnel would be unable to communicate with anyone else. 

The job and hours vary depending on the location and the team you’re working with. Overseas, my day could involve speaking to local nationals about security in the local area and advising British personnel on cultural customs and traditions to help build rapport. It’s a demanding role and requires high levels of concentration. Working as part of a small team, you all rely on each other and use each other’s skills. Although it can be intense and fast-paced, it’s extremely rewarding and you make some great friends at the same time.

My Role

My role is to 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. I could be listening to Air Traffic Control or communications between enemy troops.

As an RAF linguist I work shifts. This can be challenging and busy, but knowing that what you're doing has a direct impact on military operations makes it very satisfying. I intercept and translate foreign communications daily, determining which information is of intelligence interest and quickly passing it to the relevant parties. I use the most modern technology and software to assist me in this role. Outside of this I have been given many opportunities to take part in adventure training and recently spent a week skiing in the French Alps. When I'm not in work I have the opportunity to volunteer for secondary duties such as working in the bar on camp or sitting on the committee for functions, these are essential for the social side of military life.

Training

Full Time Regular

Full Time Regular

Initial Training

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.

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 a modern language (currently Arabic or Farsi) up to interpreter standard. 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. 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.

Your Future

As an Int An (L) 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 Int An (L) and RAF Airman. Wherever you work as an Int An (L) you will find yourself working alongside colleagues from the other Services, since the Int An (L) Trade 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:

  • Intelligence, Surveillance and Reconnaissance management
  • Targeting
  • Human Intelligence
  • Cyber

Career Prospects/Progression

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.

Transferable Skills

As an Int An (L) you will be eligible to join the Chartered Institute of Linguists which is the leading UK-based membership body for language professionals. 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 including 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.

Spare Time Reserve

Spare Time Reserve

Initial Training

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.

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 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.

Requirements

Full Time Regular

Full Time Regular

JOB REQUIREMENTS

Qualifications:

You need:
GCSE at Grade C/4-5 or above in English Language
GCSE at Grade C/4-5 or above in Maths
or
SCE Standard Grades at Grade 2/Scottish National 5 in English Language
SCE Standard Grades at Grade 2/Scottish National 5 in Maths

Age:

Minimum age 17½.  Younger candidates cannot be accepted because of current security vetting requirements.  Maximum age limit is 35yrs i.e. must have attested by their 36th birthday

RAF Requirements

*When submitting your application for this role choose 'Intelligence Analyst (Voice)' in the Airmen category*

To join the RAF you will also need to meet fitness, health, nationality, residency, and other criteria detailed below.

Spare Time Reserve

Spare Time Reserve

JOB REQUIREMENTS

Qualifications:

You need:
GCSE at Grade C/4 or above in English Language
GCSE at Grade C/4 or above in Maths
or
SCE Standard Grade 2/Scottish National 5 in English Language
SCE Standard Grade 2/Scottish National 5in Maths  

Post-A level, undergraduate student or bilingual proficiency gained through family, overseas or previous training in Arabic or Russian.

 

Age:

18 – 54 (Must attest before 55th birthday – Ex Regulars over the age of 55 may be considered on a case by case basis)

RAF Requirements

To join the RAF you will also need to meet fitness, health, nationality, residency, and other criteria detailed below.

Be Prepared

THIS ROLE REQUIRES YOU TO TAKE THE AIRMAN SELECTION TEST

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Register your interest for Regular service, and apprenticeships. Use the link below or call the Regular information line.

Full Time Regular

Full Time Regular

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Spare Time Reserve

Spare Time Reserve