Medical and medical support Biomedical Scientist CURRENTLY RECRUITING

As an RAF Biomedical Scientist, you will work at the forefront of pathology, diagnosing clinical illnesses and infectious diseases, as well as monitoring responses to treatments.

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Pay During Initial Training £15,670+ + Benefits

After Successful Completion Of Phase Two Training £28,553 + Benefits

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  • Be aged 17 – 47 years old (Must attest before 48th birthday)
  • Have GCSE at Grade C/4-5 or above or SCE Standard Grades at Grade 2/Scottish National 5 in English Language, Mathematics, Physics, Chemistry and Biology/Human Biology And Minimum of 120 UCAS points at A level (including Biology) or equivalent
  • Be a UK, Republic of Ireland or Commonwealth citizen
  • Commit to minimum 12 years service
  • Meet the health and fitness criteria
  • Pass the Airmen Selection Test
  • Pass a Fitness test - Details below


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  • Gaming & Computers
  • Building and Problem solving




  • Work in haematology, clinical chemistry, transfusion science, and microbiology
  • Receive, process and analyse clinical specimens
  • Perform compatibility testing to ensure safe use of blood and blood products

As a Biomedical Scientist (BMS) you will receive, process and analyse a range of clinical specimens in order to diagnose a variety of clinical illnesses, infectious diseases and monitor their response to treatment. You will also perform compatibility testing to ensure the safe use of all blood and blood products, and be responsible for informing the clinician of any result that may directly affect patient management. As a result, you will work in more than one specialist area to ensure you develop and maintain your skills in all the major disciplines of pathology, both in the UK and in support of deployed operations.


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.


Whilst working in the laboratory, you will study for a BSc (Hons) in Biomedical Science at Aston University and complete your Institute of Biomedical Science (IBMS) portfolio to register with the Health and Care Professional Council (HCPC). You will then undertake a 16-week Military Biomedical Science Course (MBSC) at the Royal Centre for Defence Medicine in Birmingham.

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Your first tour will be to a Joint Hospital Group Unit within an NHS Hospital. You will work alongside civilian BMS to consolidate your skills and commence specialist training in readiness for your first operational deployment.


As a BMS, you will have extensive opportunities for further professional development, including the IBMS Specialist Diploma, the British Blood Transfusion Society (BBTS) Certificate, the IBMS Certificate of Expert Practice and MSc Biomedical Science.


You will be required to maintain registration with the HCPC by participating in Continual Professional Development.


After one year’s total service you will be promoted to Senior Aircraftman and be eligible for promotion to Corporal on successful completion of MBSC.

Qualified entrants will be promoted to Senior Aircraftman following completion of BRTC and promoted to Corporal on first day of productive service.

You will be eligible for promotion to Sgt after two years in the rank of Cpl, subject to the completion of service courses.


The graduate and postgraduate professional qualifications you earn through your career as military BMS are civilian recognised and equivalent to what our civilian counterparts attain.



Your training will start with a Basic Recruit Training Course (BRTC) 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.


After successfully completing initial training, you will be trained for your specific role in the RAF either at your squadron or another RAF station in the UK.

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 aged between 17 and 47 years old (Must attest before 48th birthday).


Have these minimum grades:

Mathematics C Grade 4 Grade 5
English Language C Grade 4 Grade 5
Chemistry C Grade 4 Grade 5
Physics C Grade 4  Grade 5
Biology OR Human Biology C Grade 4  Grade 5

find a list of the approved subjects here

You MUST also have a Minimum of 120 UCAS points at A level (including Biology) or equivalent.

Existing science graduates who do not hold HCPC registration will be assessed in accordance with IBMS policy. Please note: the RAF does not accept A levels in Critical Thinking or General Studies at any grade. Other qualifications may be acceptable, eg BTEC.

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


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.

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 MOD 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.

Full details for Commonwealth applicants can be found here.

Applications from personnel who do not meet the required 3 year UK residency requirement are now closed until further notice, please continue to check the website for further updates.  If you have previous service and are applying to rejoin the Royal Air Force, or meet the UK residency requirements for service, please call 0345 605 5555 and ask to speak to a RAF Recruitment Specialist.


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 at least two separate fitness tests as part of the application process.

The first of these is the Pre-Joining Fitness Test (PJFT) which takes place at a fitness centre local to you. This consists of the following:

  • 2.4km (1.5m) run on a treadmill (set to zero incline)
  • Achieve the required number of press-ups - within 60 seconds
  • Achieve the required number of sit-ups - within 60 seconds

The second fitness test will take place at RAF Halton as part of your three-day Pre-Recruit Familiarization Visit (PRFV). This consists of the following:

  • Achieving the required score on the Multi-Stage Fitness Test (MSFT or Bleep test)
  • Achieve the required number of press-ups - within 60 seconds
  • Achieve the required number of sit-ups - within 60 seconds

How fit you need to be to pass these tests can vary depending on role, age and gender. The requirements are listed on the charts below (Male and Female).

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 9.10 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
45-47 12.54 7.07 16 23


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
45-47 15.19 5.04 6 20

You can see the protocols for Press Ups & Sit Ups here:

PJFT/PRFV Protocols

You can download an MP3 file of the Multi-Stage Fitness Test below, listen to the introduction file first:


RAF MSFT: Bleep Test

You can see a video demonstration of the PRFV Fitness Test here:

RAF PRFV Fitness Test

A 12-week fitness plan with detailed information to help you get ready for all of the fitness tests can be downloaded here.



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. 
    Any permanent or temporary tattoos, whether ordinarily visible or not, must not be obscene or offensive (eg, racist, anti-religion or belief, crude, overtly sexist, homophobic, drug related or of an extreme political nature). Tattoos may be worn on the side and back of the neck but tattoos on the back of the neck must not extend above the natural hairline (scalp tattoos are not permitted). In addition, tattoos must not be visible below the sleeve cuff while wearing uniform, although a single finger (not thumb) tattoo that could be covered by a ring may be permitted
  • Have body piercing which causes holes that do not close up
  • Declare yourself to be an 'undischarged' bankrupt

Beard Policy:

A revised facial hair policy has been agreed by the Air Force Board which will allow serving personnel to wear a smart, neatly-trimmed, full-set beard whilst maintaining high standards of appearance. The length of acceptable beards is between Grade 1 (2.5mm) and Grade 8 (25.5mm).

The wearing of beards during Phase 1 and Phase 2 training is currently under consideration and details will be advised when available.

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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