Intelligence

Intelligence Analyst

The RAF relies heavily on defence intelligence to support operations in both peace and war time. Intelligence Analysts use state-of-the-art technologies to collect and interpret information. 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.
• Analyse and interpret aerial or satellite imagery using high tech systems.
• Disseminate tailored Intelligence to commanders, aircrew or troops on the ground.

Similar civilian roles include Researcher, IT Analyst, Business Analyst.

Royal Air Force - Regular & Reserve

RAF Regulars and Reserves work side by side.

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Key Facts

Full Time
Regular

Initial pay after training

£18,489 + Benefits

Pay during training

£14,931 + Benefits

Entry level

Airmen/Airwomen

Commitment

Minimum 3 years post Phase Two Training

APPRENTICESHIP: Higher Apprenticeship In Intelligence Operations

Spare Time
Reserve

Initial pay after training

Day rates dependent on rank, role and experience

Entry level

Airmen/Airwomen

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.

Locations

505 Sqn, RAF St Mawgan
600 Sqn, RAF Northolt, Middlesex
602 Sqn, Glasgow
607 RAF Leeming, Northallerton (Extremely Ltd Vacancies)
611 Sqn RAF Woodvale, Merseyside (Extremely Ltd Vacancies)
614 Sqn Cardiff, Glamorgan (Extremely Ltd Vacancies)
7006 RAF Waddington, Lincolnshire
7006 RAF Cranwell, Lincolnshire
7006 RAF Wyton, Cambridgeshire
7010 Sqn RAF Marham, Norfolk
7010 Sqn RAF Wyton, Cambridgeshire
7630 RAF Waddington, Lincolnshire (Ex Regular Vacancies Only)

Royal Air Force - Regular & Reserve

In the RAF

My Role

I monitor and analyse extremist propaganda released on the internet.

I use open source intelligence trade craft to collate and log extremist media released on the internet to understand how it is was published, why it was published and the impact it could have. I would then write up my finding and release a report on a weekly basis, this report would often be used by senior decision makers across Whitehall. The fact that my work has such an impact on a number of operations is highly rewarding.  This was also the job in which I received a MBE award for my work, highlighting the significance of the role.

My Day

My job is to help prepare fast jet pilots against adversary threats.

When not deployed on operations around the world, I build and deliver briefings on real time threats around the world, as well as providing intricate details on adversary aircraft, missile systems and tactics to ensure the day to day training is realistic and we are prepared for the real thing. As the dedicated squadron Intelligence Analyst, I deploy alongside the aircraft on all operations. Life on a squadron is fast paced, with many challenges and pressures; however the rewards are incredible. Squadron Intelligence Analysts are given huge amounts of responsibility and are expected to deliver, whether on operations or at home.

Training

Royal Air Force - Regular & Reserve

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 16-week course in the fundamentals of Intelligence at the Joint Intelligence Training Group, Chicksands in Bedfordshire. The course is designed to train you as an Operational Intelligence analyst and gives you: a good understanding of the sources of intelligence, such as imagery and communications the techniques for processing intelligence the skills to disseminate the intelligence effectively, either through written or graphical means or by delivering an intelligence briefing. The course also covers the roles of UK intelligence organisations and the RAF intelligence structure. You will also learn about IT applications and research techniques, before consolidating your training by completing a final exercise. You will also complete an RAF Advanced Apprenticeship In Intelligence Analysis’ that will allow you to gain civilian accredited qualifications.

Your Future

Intelligence analysts are required to collect, collate and evaluate the vast amount of information that is used in the production of useable, actionable intelligence reports and threat assessments. As an Int An you will consolidate your Operational Intelligence training in employment at one of several UK locations. You might support an Intelligence Cell or Team producing current operational intelligence reports for a Commander, or you could support the Squadron or Station Intelligence Officer on a frontline flying squadron, providing tactical mission support to aircrew.
Following this consolidation period, you will undertake further specialist training.
Those selected for the IMINT specialisation will complete the United Kingdom Imagery Analysis Course (UKIAC) at IMINT Wing, Royal School of Military Survey (RSMS), DISC Chicksands.
Those selected for the SIGINT specialisation will complete one or more specialist courses at SIGINT Wing, Chicksands.
You will move jobs every 3-5 years developing your experience as an Int An and RAF Airman. As an imagery specialist your duties are likely to concern the production of imagery-derived intelligence and target materials. This work requires a combination of visual-cognitive skills, intellectual attributes and practical abilities. On some units the task requires detailed research into specialised subjects in order to assemble complex written reports and illustrative materials, while on other units the task requires rapid mental and practical work to produce brief written reports under strict time constraints.
As a SIGINT specialist your employment could include Electronic Warfare and using the latest computer assisted search receivers for the analysis of more complex and technically demanding communications systems.
Those selected for ELINT specialisation will complete specialist courses that include modules in Weapon Systems and appropriate computer applications for the analysis of radar emissions. You could undertake 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

The qualifications you can earn and experience you will gain are as valuable in the civilian world as they are in the RAF, which means that whenever you decide to leave the RAF, you will be well placed to find a job in a number of fields including 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.

 

Royal Air Force - Regular & Reserve

Spare Time
Reserve

Initial Training

Your training will start with a Pre-Basic Recruit Training Course (Pre-BRTC) consisting of 4 weekends delivered by the HQ Intelligence Reserves (HQIR), or General Support Sqn training team. This is then followed by BRTC, which is 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’ll 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 the Operational Air Intelligence Course (Reserve), which is a 39 day course split over 12 months. It consists of 12 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 an Intelligence Analyst and gives you an understanding of the different sources of intelligence, such as Imagery Intelligence and Open Source Intelligence. 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. If selected for Imagery Intelligence, you will complete the Reserve Forces Imagery Analysis Course (RFIAC) which is a 42 day course conducted over a 10 month period. The course is at the Royal School of Military Survey, Chicksands in Bedfordshire and consists of a 15 day block followed by 6 weekends and a further 15 day block. The course will train you in the production of imagery-derived intelligence and targeting materials.

Upon completion of the RFIAC, your duties will mainly involve the production of imagery-derived intelligence and target materials. This work requires a combination of visual-cognitive skills, intellectual attributes and practical abilities. On some units the task requires detailed research into specialised subjects in order to produce complex written reports and illustrative materials, while on other units the task requires rapid mental and practical work to produce brief written reports under strict time constraints

Your Future

Intelligence analysts are required to collate and evaluate the vast amount of information that is used in the production of useable, actionable intelligence reports and threat assessments. You could be employed in a Headquarters assisting with the production of current operational intelligence reports and briefings for the Station Commander, or you could be assisting the Squadron Intelligence Officer on a frontline flying squadron, by providing tactical mission support to aircrew. You could be required to analyse information and generate reports for the intelligence departments of National and partner organisations. Working on high-tech systems, you could develop graphics and produce intelligence that will be used to help plan military operations, or you could carry out extensive background research to contribute to more detailed strategic reports. There will also be opportunities for you to complete other specialist courses in intelligence, including Electronic Warfare, Targeting and Intelligence, Surveillance & Reconnaissance (ISR).

Career Prospects/Progression

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 Senior Aircraftsman (SAC) is after 24 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. Established ‘Int An’ tradesmen may later in their careers consider applying for commissioning as intelligence officers in the Intelligence Branch.

Requirements

Full Time
Regular

Job requirements

Qualifications:

Minimum of 2 GCSEs at grade C (Grade 4 to 5 with effect from Aug 17) or above or SCE Standard Grade 2/Scottish National 5 in English Language and Mathematics.

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

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

Spare Time
Reserve

Job requirements

Qualifications:

Minimum of 2 GCSEs at grade C (Grade 4 to 5 with effect from Aug 17) or above or SCE Standard Grade 2/Scottish National 5 in English Language and Mathematics.

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.

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