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.
The next step is the Operational Air Intelligence Course (Reserve), 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 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.