Your career as a Pharmacist in the Reserves will begin with Basic Recruit Training (BRT) at RAF Halton which is a 2-week course that should be completed within your first year in the RAF Reserves. BRT is designed to teach basic military skills such as weapon handling and drill. This is followed by 4 weekends and 2 weeks on the Reserve Officer Initial Training course (ROIT) at RAF College Cranwell. ROIT is designed to build upon the military skills gained during BRT and cultivate leadership skills through academic study and field exercises to develop you into an officer and culminates in graduation from RAF College Cranwell as a Commissioned Officer.
On completion of initial training you will attend the following courses:
- 2-week Basic Air Warfare Course (BAWC) at RAF Cranwell.
- 5-day RAF Medical Services Officers Phase Two training course held at Tactical Medical Wing, RAF Brize Norton and Air Command, RAF High Wycombe.
All specialist training should be completed within 3 years of joining the RAF Reserves.
Reserve Medical Support Officer (Pharmacists) are commissioned into the rank of Flt Lt. The maximum seniority on joining is OF2 (Flt Lt) plus 5 years. All further promotions will be by competitive selection and subject to requirement to fill established posts.