Medical and medical support Environmental Health Technician

As an RAF Environmental Health Technician, you ensure the well-being and safety of RAF personnel. You work to minimise environmental risks to personnel on-base, and during operations and exercises.

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Minimum Average Pay Over Your First Year £17,000+ + Benefits

Initial pay after training £18,800+ + Benefits

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  • Be aged 17 – 47 years old (Must attest before 48th birthday)
  • Have 5 GCSEs minimum grade C/4 in Maths, English Language and the Double Science award or equivalent qualification, also need to have a minimum 104 UCAS points which must include a minimum of 32 UCAS points from two A Levels
  • 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 minimum 12 years service
  • Meet the health and fitness criteria
  • Pass the Airman Selection Test
  • Pass a General Fitness Test


  • Analysis and maths
  • Gaming & Computers
  • Helping people




  • Manage environmental health factors like food hygiene, water, buildings and pest control
  • Measure, assess and control toxic substances
  • Identify and assess hazards to the environment, like oil spillages
  • Recognise, assess and evaluate environmental risks
  • Control physical health hazards

In the UK your tasks could include; workplace inspections and the production of reports to assist in the mitigation of health risks.  These may include catering hygiene and health protection issues. You may have to monitor the emission levels of toxic substances from a process in order to minimise risk to health or provide health briefs for overseas travel.

On operations and exercises, it will be your responsibility to reduce or prevent non-battle risks to our personnel. Your tasks could include ensuring that basic sanitation, pest control and supplies of clean drinking water are available. You will also be responsible for monitoring the climatic conditions and other environmental and industrial hazards and reducing their effect on workplace health and safety.

Environmental Health Technician is an important role in the UK, but it’s critical for the RAF when deployed and everyone needs to be kept fit and well. You’ll have a checklist and make sure anything from lighting levels to the way people use any hazardous substances is right. If there are problems, it’s your job to offer advice to help solve them.


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.


The next step is four years of specialist training leading to a BSc Honours Degree in Military Environmental and Occupational Health awarded by Leeds University. The specialist training commences with a ten-month classroom-based foundation course at the Defence College of Health and Educational Training at Litchfield in Staffordshire, the training school for military medicine. 

You will then go to RAF Henlow for nine months of practical training, followed by a further six months of classroom-based learning and confirmatory exercises at the Defence College of Health and Educational Training. You will then be posted to your first unit and undertake 2 years end-on training to complete the final block of the degree which includes a dissertation and the Integrated Professional Assessment (IPA). The BSc Hon Degree is accredited by the Chartered Institute of Environmental Health.

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As your career progresses, we’ll continue to train you in new skills. You will be encouraged to gain a qualification in occupational hygiene and there are also opportunities for management and leadership training. You will need to maintain your skills and as such will be required to undertake at least 20 hours of Continual Professional Development every year.


For your first tour, you will probably be assigned to work within a team of Environmental Health Technicians at RAF Henlow. You could carry out food hygiene assessments or occupational health surveys on bases throughout the RAF and you could be required to respond to aircraft incidents and outbreaks of communicable disease. Within this first tour, you will also be required to complete the 2 years end-on training to complete the BSc Hons Degree.


You will initially join the RAF for a period of twelve years on a Notice Engagement with effect from 1 April 2015. After completing one year’s total service and graduating from your training course you will be eligible for promotion to Senior Aircraftman. Further progression to corporal and sergeant, subject to the completion of service courses, will be on a time promotion basis.


The qualifications you will earn are 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 environmental health



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 4-5 Grade 5
English Language C Grade 4-5 Grade 5
Chemistry (or a Chemistry-based science) C Grade 4-5 Grade 5
Physics (or a Physics-based science) C Grade 4-5 Grade 5
One other subject C Grade 4-5  Grade 5 

find a list of the approved subjects here

In addition you require a minimum of 104 UCAS points which must include a minimum of 32 UCAS points from two A Levels.

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. 


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 9.10 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/PRTC 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 PRTC Fitness Test here:

RAF 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

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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