Logistics Air & Ground Steward CURRENTLY RECRUITING

As an RAF Air & Ground Steward (formerly Catering and Hospitality Specialist), you will work as part of our Specialist Field Catering Squadron and in Military Messes across the globe.

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PAY DURING TRAINING £15,200+ + Benefits

Initial pay after training £18,800+ + Benefits

Is this for you?


  • Be aged 17.5 – 35 years old (Must attest before 36th birthday)
  • No formal qualifications required
  • If you are a qualified caterer please see full requirements for entry below
  • 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


  • Helping people
  • Travelling the world
  • Being creative

Apprenticeships available

Intermediate Apprenticeship in Hospitality

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  • Mastering the delivery of food services
  • Running dining rooms and accommodation on operations overseas
  • Cabin Crew on the Royal Air Force flagship aircraft 'Voyager'
  • Cabin Crew for the Royal Flight

Once fully trained you will have organisational and time management skills, excellent communication and number skills and have the ability to stay calm under pressure. You will be able to work in Military Messes supporting food services with our industry partners and delivering fine dining events for Military personnel. You could work in a field kitchen supporting exercises and on operations worldwide and you could volunteer to become Cabin Crew on the Royal Air Force’s flagship aircraft “Voyager”. With experience you could volunteer to work in our residence VIP Team and work for high-ranking Officers who entertain Government Ministers and even members of the Royal Family. With Voyager experience, you could volunteer to work as Cabin Crew on the Royal Squadron and routinely fly the Prime Minister and Member of the Cabinet to Government summits all over the world. Initially, your day-to-day tasks will be ground-based and will vary with your role, but they may include: Preparing and clearing areas for table service, service of food at the table, providing a silver service, maintaining food safety, holding and serving food, accommodation duties and reception duties.


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

Benefits Salary
Civilian Role
RAF Role
  • Rent from £75p/m
  • Free gym
  • Subsidised food
  • Health care
  • World travel
  • 6 weeks holiday

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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.


Unqualified: Your next step is a 13-week specialist training course held at the Food Services Wing, Catering Training Squadron, Defence Logistics School at Worthy Down, where you will learn about serving food in a dining room environment, preparing a bar and cellar for service and reception work including the development of customer care skills. You will also undertake a ten-day Introduction to Deployed Operations course and you will have commenced a Level 2 NVQ Qualification and Credit Framework Diploma in Food and Beverage Service which will be completed at your first unit. On successful completion of the specialist training, you will receive your first assignment.

Qualified: You may be eligible for fast-track promotion if you already have catering qualifications and at least one year’s experience in the hospitality industry. After recruit training, you will complete a 13-week specialist training course to familiarise yourself with military catering. On successful completion of the specialist training, you will then qualify for immediate promotion to Senior Aircraftman/woman and be allocated to your first assignment.

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For your first tour, you will be posted to an Officers’ or Sergeants’ Mess within an RAF base. Here you will gain experience in the dining room, bar and reception areas. It’s your first experience of life on base and a chance to understand how the RAF community works. After you have successfully completed your Trade Ability Test and gained experience within the Mess environment. You may be detached overseas for anything from a few weeks to a few months.


As your career progresses, you will have the opportunity to be trained in new skills, including management and leadership. If you are subsequently selected to be Cabin Crew, you will be trained in aircraft safety procedures, cabin service and in-flight catering. If you wish to become Cabin Crew you will need to pass the RAF Fitness Test and RAF Swim Test to be selected. The RAF Swim Test consists of:

  • Swimming 100 metres
  • Tread water for 2 minutes
  • Get out of the swimming pool at the deep end, unaided and fully clothed

After completion of these tests, you would receive your first assignment. You will not be employed on these duties during your first tour - you’ll have to prove your ability on the ground first. Caterers must have completed 18 months service after completion of Phase 2 Training before being considered for cabin crew duties. You will have the opportunity to complete courses in food hygiene, catering instruction and specialist catering skills. You will also receive regular training in deployed catering skills.


You will initially join the RAF for a period of twelve years on a Notice Engagement with effect from 1 April 2015. If you have joined as an unqualified Caterer after one years' total service, you will be eligible for promotion to Senior Aircraftman when you pass a Trade Ability Test. Further promotion to the rank of Corporal and beyond is by competitive selection.


The qualifications and skills you will have the opportunity to earn will be 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 the hospitality industry or as Cabin Crew for a Commercial company. Qualifications You Can Achieve Under the Apprenticeship Programme Level 2 NVQ Diploma in Food & Beverage Service Level 2 Technical Certificate in Hospitality & Catering Principles (Food & Beverage Service) Level 2 Award in Food Safety in Catering Level 2 Award in Health and Safety in the Workplace Level 1 Award Functional Skills Mathematics Level 1 Award Functional Skills English



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.



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 35 years old. (Must attest before 36th birthday).


For unqualified entry, no formal qualifications are required.

For qualified entry you must meet the following criteria:

You should have at least a year’s suitable experience in bar work & silver service in a hotel, restaurant, club or industrial catering establishment.You will also need one of the following:

  • NVQ Level 2 in Food and Drink Service (with silver service module);

In addition to: Technical Certificate Level 2 Award in Hospitality and Catering Principles (Food and Beverages Service)

  • NVQ Level 3 in Food and Drink Service (with silver service module);

In addition to: Technical Certificate Level 3 Award in Hospitality and Catering Principles (Food and Beverages Service), or

  • BTEC Hotel and Catering Management; or any other appropriate recognised civilian qualification.


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 may be considered.


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



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.


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



  • 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

If you don’t have any of the above, you might still be able to apply. For more information contact your local AFCO.


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