Once fully trained in Catering Hospitality and RAF Cabin Crew duties you will be responsible for the comfort, safety and welfare of passengers travelling on 10 Sqn or 101 Sqn Voyager aircraft based at RAF Brize Norton. Your duties will include greeting passengers as they board and exit the plane, providing special attention to passengers as required. Serving meals and refreshments, checking the condition and provision of on board emergency equipment and information for passengers, demonstrating emergency equipment and safety procedures. As well as administering first aid and dealing with passenger or crew emergencies. Having gained Voyager experience you could competitively transfer to 32 (The Royal) Squadron, fly on the BAe 146 aircraft based at RAF Northolt and routinely fly with Royals, The Prime Minister and senior members of the Cabinet and HM Forces. After your first flying tour, unless you transfer to 32 (TR) Sqn, you will be employed on the ground, for at least one tour; supporting unit food services with our industry partners or as a member of 3 Mobile Catering Sqn, at RAF Wittering, providing military field catering on Operations and Exercises worldwide. Returning to Cabin Crew duties, after a ground tour, will be voluntary or to meet the need of the Service.
Logistics Air & Ground Steward
As an RAF Air & Ground Steward you will work as Cabin Crew on the A330-200 Voyager aircraft and later as part of our Specialist Field catering Squadron or work alongside industry partners in Military Messes.
Minimum Average Pay Over Your First Year £17,000+
Initial pay after training £18,800+
Is this for you?
- Be aged 17.5 – 47 years old (Must attest before 48th birthday)
- No formal qualifications required
- If you are qualified or experienced Cabin Crew please see full entry requirements for entry below
- Candidates must be able to swim
- Be a citizen of the United Kingdom or the Republic of Ireland, holder of dual UK/ other nationality or have been a Commonwealth citizen since birth
- Commit to three years service post Phase Two training
- Pass the Airman Selection Test
- Pass a General Fitness Test
GREAT FOR THOSE INTERESTED IN:
- Travelling the world
- Helping people
WHY JOIN THE RAF?
Thanks to subsidised food, travel, accommodation and free gym you get more money in your pocket.
- Rent from £75p/m
- Free gym
- Subsidised food
- Health care
- World travel
- 6 weeks holiday
TRAINING AND CAREER
TRAINING YOU’LL RECEIVE
Your career will start with a 10-week Basic Recruit Training Course at RAF Halton in Buckinghamshire. The course is designed to help you adjust to a military environment. As well as fitness and military training, you’ll also learn about the RAF lifestyle.
All entrants will complete specialist food service training at the Food Services Training School (Air) at Worthy Down, pre-employment land and sea survival training at Defence Survival Training Organisation, RAF St Mawgan. Decompression Training at the Aviation Medicine Training Wing, RAF Henlow and A330-200 Cabin Crew training at the AirTanker Academy, RAF Brize Norton, before finishing their flying training with Sqn instructors on 10 Sqn/101 Sqn.
Due to the multiple agencies involved in this training it will take between 14–16 weeks to complete.
YOUR FIRST TOUR
Your first tour will be as Cabin Crew on the Airbus A330-200 Multi-Role Tanker Transport Aircraft “Voyager”. During your first tour, you will consolidate your training and gain valuable experience that will prepare you for the rest of your RAF career. The consolidation period includes your Trade Ability Tests (TATs). Successful completion of TATs demonstrates that an individual has achieved an initial level of competence and is a prerequisite for promotion to the rank of SAC, unless you are on a Qualified AGS engagement.
A first tour is always demanding but also highly rewarding and you will be given the time to develop your skills and become an effective member of the team.
ONGOING TRAINING/DEVELOPMENT OPPORTUNITIES
As your career progresses, we will continue to train you to the highest standard and equip you with the skills you require to take on new responsibilities. This means that there are opportunities for management, leadership, health and safety training and a wide range of associatedqualifications. These include -
- A330 -200 Senior Cabin Crew training
- A330 -200 Purser Training
- BAe 146 Cabin Crew Training
- Catering Deployed Skills Course
- Catering Advanced Skills Course
- Catering Supervisors/Managers Course
- Advanced Deployed Skills (ADS)Course
YOUR FUTURE CAREER PROSPECTS/PROGRESSION
You will initially join the RAF for a period of twelve years on a Notice Engagement. Further promotion to the rank of Corporal and beyond is by competitive selection. We want you to grow and experience all the opportunities, challenges and responsibilities that being an AGS has to offer, but it will be up to you manage your career and tell us when you are ready for a new challenge. Your first posting will be for 3 years plus an additional 1 year, if agreeable to all parties, and all following tours will be 3-5 years. SACs can be employed on Cabin Crew Squadrons, Catering Retail and Leisure Units, 3 Mobile Catering Squadron and on VIP duties. On promotion to Corporal you can add Instructional duties to possible employment areas.
All AGS entrants will be enrolled on the Cabin Crew Apprenticeship Diploma Level 3, Reference: ST0558.
This qualification is recognised by all the trailblazers – British Airways, British Airways City Flyer, Flybe, Easyjet, Thomas Cook, Virgin, Eastern Airways, BMI Regional & Titan Airways. The apprenticeship is directly transferable to the industry after completion of service.
Elements covered include -
- Part A - Flight operations – Pre-flight, in-flight, post flight duties.
- Part B – Organisation and commercial - Compliance and legislation, Health, safety and wellbeing, Organisation, CRM/Human factors and BEHAVIOURS (LIVE IT)
Qualified AGS and Catering skills are sought after by civilian organisations. Therefore, on leaving the RAF you are extremely employable and well placed to find a new job such as:
Airline Cabin Crew
Airline Cabin Services Director
Cabin Crew Trainer
In-flight Services Recruitment Officer
Cabin Crew Performance Manager
Cabin Crew Regional Manager
Passenger Transport Manager
Counter Service Manager
Food Manufacturing Inspector
TRAINING AND CAREER
Your training will start with a Basic Recruit Training Course 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.
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.
ALL APPLICANTS MUST:
Be a citizen of the United Kingdom or the Republic of Ireland, holder of dual UK/ other nationality or have been a Commonwealth citizen since birth.
Be between 17.5 and 47 years old. (Must attest before 48th birthday).
- Functional Skills Level 2 English and Maths or formal equivalent (If not held, Level 2 functional skills must be achieved prior to leaving Phase 1 Trg at RTS).
- Swimming 100 metres.
- Treading water for 2 minutes.
- Getting out the pool at the deep end unaided and fully clothed.
All the unqualified AGS qualifications, plus at least one of the following:
- At least 12 months currency, within the last 24 months, as qualified airline industry Cabin Crew.
- Cabin Crew Apprenticeship Level 3.
- City and Guilds Diploma in Air Cabin Crew Operations Level 2 - Including core elements: Introduction to Airline Aviation Operations. Health, Safety and Security. Airline Emergency Procedures. Crew Room Duties. Role of Cabin Crew (on- board), Preparation for employment as Air Cabin Crew.
NATIONALITY & RESIDENCY
Be a citizen of the United Kingdom or the Republic of Ireland, holder of a dual UK/other nationality or have been a Commonwealth citizen from birth.
Whether or not you were born in the United Kingdom, you should have resided there for the 5 years immediately preceding your application. However, candidates with a minimum of 3 years will be considered.
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.
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|
|FEMALES - 100% pass rates:|
|AGE||2.4 Km Run||Multi-Stage Fitness Test||Press-ups||Sit-ups|
You can see the protocols for Press Ups & Sit Ups here:
You can download an MP3 file of the Multi-Stage Fitness Test below, listen to the introduction file first:
RAF MSFT: Intro
RAF MSFT: Bleep Test
You can see a video demonstration of the PRTC Fitness Test here:
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|
|16 to < 18||17||27||27||27|
- Calculate your BMI now, click here.
- 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.
- 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
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