Reserve Officer Initial Training
Well-established RAF Reserve Int Ans who are successful in applying for a Commission as a RAuxAF 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.
All RAF Reserve Intelligence Officers will complete the Operational Air Intelligence Course (Reserve) (OpAIC(R)) unless having already completed the course whilst serving as a RAuxAF Int An 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 (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 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.
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.