Intelligence Intelligence Officer CURRENTLY RECRUITING

As an RAF Intelligence Officer, you obtain, analyse and present defence intelligence from a variety of sources and manage a team of Intelligence Analysts and Linguists.

Full-time regular Spare time reserve

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PAY DURING TRAINING £26,500+ + Benefits

Initial pay after training £31,800+ + Benefits

DAY RATE STARTS AT: £37.12 + Benefits

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APPLICANTS MUST:

  • Be aged 17.5 – 47 (Must enter Initial Officer Training before 48th Birthday Upper age limit of 48 for Internal Commissioning Scheme)
  • Have GCSE at Grade C/4-5 or SCE Standard Grades at Grade 2/Scottish National 5 in English Language, GCSE at Grade C/4-5 or SCE Standard Grades at Grade 2/Scottish National 5 in Maths and GCSE at Grade C/4-5 or SCE Standard Grades at Grade 2/Scottish National 5 in three other subjects
  • At least 2 A2 Levels/3 Highers at Grade C or above (excluding General Studies or Critical Thinking) which must total a minimum of 64 UCAS points. Alternatively, if you hold a UK degree at Grade 2:2 or higher (or acceptable alternative) you only need Mathematics and English Language GCSEs at a minimum of Grade C (Grade 4 to 5 with effect from Aug 17) or Mathematics and English Language SCE Standard Grades of 2 or SNE Grade 5 (A-C)
  • Be a UK citizen from birth
  • Must have resided in the UK for 7 years immediately preceding application
  • Parents/Spouse must currently have UK citizenship
  • Commit to a minimum of 12 years of service
  • Meet the health and fitness criteria

GREAT FOR THOSE INTERESTED IN:

  • Analysis and maths
  • Being creative
  • Helping people

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)
  • Be qualified ex-military commissioned personnel
  • 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:

  • Analysis and maths
  • Being creative
  • 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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WHAT WILL YOU DO?

TYPICAL RESPONSIBILITIES

  • Provide intelligence updates and threat assessments to support operational planning
  • Provide intelligence support to aircrew before their missions
  • Lead teams of skilled intelligence analysts to provide Imagery or Signals intelligence

As an Intelligence Officer, you will find yourself leading a team of highly motivated, bright and flexible men and women. Your training will ensure that you are equipped to develop a range of products using the latest reporting from a variety of sources including open-source, imagery, signals, human and cyber intelligence. Within your first few years, you can expect to be deployed frequently overseas in roles such as supporting a front line flying squadron, providing tactical mission and intelligence support.

Your job will take you to new locations and test you in different roles every few years, working alongside counterparts in the Royal Navy and the Army or in a NATO Position. Whatever role you are employed in, your contribution will be vital to on-going or future operations across the world.

 

WHY JOIN THE RAF?

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

Salary
Benefits Salary
Civilian Role
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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 Initial Officer Training (IOT) at the RAF College Cranwell in Lincolnshire. You’ll follow a challenging 24-week course designed to develop your leadership and management skills to command and lead in military roles and beyond.

SPECIALIST TRAINING

You will then undertake a 23-week specialist training course, at the Joint Intelligence Training Group, Chicksands, Bedfordshire. This course will teach you how to provide Operational Intelligence. You will be taught a breadth of subjects including the components of intelligence work, different intelligence sources, analytical techniques, the structure of air-defence systems and the details of complex equipment that pose a threat to aircraft operations.  By the end of the course, you will be able to collect and evaluate relevant information and be able to provide actionable intelligence, through written reports and formal verbal briefings. You will be able to provide intelligence support to senior commanders, contribute to the planning of air operations and the force protection of airbases. 

Your final exercise will test your ability to work in a small station intelligence team and by yourself as a squadron intelligence officer. You will be able to provide intelligence support to senior commanders, contribute to the planning of air operations and the force protection of airbases.

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YOUR FUTURE

As an Intelligence Officer, you could be employed in a headquarters producing current operational intelligence reports and briefing the commander, or you could be the Squadron Intelligence Officer on a frontline flying squadron, providing tactical mission support to aircrew.

You will move jobs every 2-3 years developing your experience as an Intelligence Officer and RAF Junior Officer. There is a range of employment areas that you could work in, which provide extensive opportunities for further professional development throughout your career. Your job may be at another Air Command unit or could be in Joint Force Command working closely with our colleagues in the Royal Navy and the Army.

You could undertake further training in:

  • Operational Intelligence, completing courses in air weapons employment, electronic warfare or air operations
  • Intelligence, Surveillance and Reconnaissance management
  • Targeting
  • Imagery Intelligence, completing the United Kingdom Imagery Analysis Course (UKIAC)
  • Signals or Human Intelligence
  • Cyber

YOUR FUTURE CAREER PROSPECTS/PROGRESSION

You will join the RAF on an Initial Commission of 12 years and may be selected to serve on a pension earning commission of 20 years' service or age 40, whichever is the later, during this time. Promotion to the rank of Flight Lieutenant is on a time served/satisfactory service basis after 3½ years from completing IOT. Further promotion to Squadron Leader and above is by competitive selection.

TRANSFERABLE SKILLS

The analytical and leadership skills as well as the experience you gain throughout your career as an Intelligence Officer could equip you for a number of civilian jobs.

TRAINING AND CAREER

INITIAL TRAINING

Well-established RAF Reserve Intelligence Analysts who are successful in applying for a Commission as a Reserve Intelligence Officer will attend the Reserve Officer Initial Training Course at the RAF College Cranwell in Lincolnshire. The course lasts for 24 days spread over 4 weekends and a 2 week Residential Phase. It is designed to develop your leadership and management skills. The course includes fitness development, military training and academic study, as well as practical outdoor leadership challenges.

SPECIALIST TRAINING

All RAF Reserve Intelligence Officers will complete the Operational Air Intelligence Course (Reserve) unless having already completed the course whilst serving as a Reserves Intelligence Analyst Airman. The OpAIC(R) 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 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.

Those chosen to specialise in imagery intelligence will complete the Reserve Forces Imagery Analysis Course (RFIAC) which is a 40 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 14 day block followed by 6 weekends and a further 14 day block. The course will train you in the production of imagery-derived intelligence and targeting materials.

Upon completion of this course, 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.

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YOUR FUTURE

As an Intelligence Officer, you will have extensive opportunities for further professional development throughout your career. As well as leadership training, there are courses in security, weapons, targeting, electronic warfare and air operations – which you may undertake depending on the training you need to prepare for future Operational Deployments.  To broaden 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 sqns and flts 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 the rank of Flying Officer and subsequently Flight Lieutenant is on a time served/satisfactory service basis. Further promotion to Squadron Leader and above is by competitive selection

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:

Be a citizen of the United Kingdom since birth and must not hold (and must never have held) any nationality or citizenship (including joint nationality) other than British or that of a British Overseas Territory.

Be aged 17.5 – 47 (Must enter Initial Officer Training before 48th Birthday)

ALL APPLICANTS MUST:

Be a citizen of the United Kingdom since birth and must not hold (and must never have held) any nationality or citizenship (including joint nationality) other than British or that of a British Overseas Territory.

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
Three other subjects C Grade 4 Grade 5

In addition, you need at least 2 A2 Levels/3 Highers at Grade C or above (excluding General Studies or Critical Thinking) which must total a minimum of 64 UCAS points.

Alternatively, if you hold a UK degree at Grade 2:2 or higher (or acceptable alternative) you only need Mathematics and English Language GCSEs at a minimum of Grade C (Grade 4 to 5 with effect from Aug 17) or Mathematics and English Language SCE Standard Grades of 2 or SNE Grade 5.

You can see what the RAF accepts in lieu of GCSEs & A Levels here

NATIONALITY & RESIDENCY

You must be a UK citizen from birth.

You must have resided in the UK for 7 years immediately prior to application.

Your parents/spouse must currently have UK citizenship.

Following the Home Office announcement that the UK Armed Forces will now be able to recruit commonwealth citizens without the 5 year residency requirement, please note that the RAF continues to apply standard residency requirements for security clearance,  ie, DV employment requires 7-years UK residency immediately prior to enlistment; SC requires 3-years. 

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

You will need a minimum of 5 GCSEs (or acceptable equivalents) at a minimum of Grade C (Grade 4 to 5 with effect from Aug 17) or 5 Scottish Certificate of Education (SCE) Standard Grades at a minimum of Grade 2 or 5 Scottish National Equivalent (SNE) Grades at Grade 5, including English Language and Mathematics.

You can find a list of the approved subjects here

In addition, you need at least 2 A2 Levels/3 Highers at Grade C or above (excluding General Studies or Critical Thinking) which must total a minimum of 160 UCAS points.

Alternatively, if you hold a UK degree at Grade 2:2 or higher (or acceptable alternative), you only need English Language and Mathematics GCSEs at a minimum of Grade C (Grade 4 to 5 with effect from Aug 17), SCE at a minimum of Grade 2 or SNE at Grade 5

NATIONALITY & RESIDENCY

You must be a UK citizen from birth.

You must have resided in the UK for 7 years immediately prior to application.

Your parents/spouse must currently have UK citizenship.

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
Age Limits 2.4 Km Run (Minutes) Multi-Stage Fitness Test (Level) Press-ups (Number) Sit-ups (Number)
15-16 11.39 9.03 20 35
17-29 11.11 9.10 20 35
30-34 11.36 9.04 19 32
35-39 12.00 8.09 18 29
40-44 12.26 8.03 17 26
45-49 12.54 7.07 16 23
50-54 13.27 7.01 15 20
FEMALES
Age Limits 2.4 Km Run(Minutes) Multi-Stage Fitness Test (Level) Press-ups (Number) Sit-ups (Number)
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
45-49 15.19 5.04 6 20
50-54 15.53 4.09 5 17

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.

GOT WHAT IT TAKES?

Apply here and receive an email that invites you to your full online application.

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GOT WHAT IT TAKES?

Apply here and receive an email that invites you to your full online application.

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