|Initial pay after training|
27 days per year for 12 years minimum. Each year includes a 15 day block for general RAF training, which is taken over a two week period, and 12 days for additional/trade training, or training exercises.
502 Sqn Aldergrove Flying Station
In the RAF
'As a RAF Medic I was chosen to undertake a further training programme to Foundation Degree level in Paramedic Science. This has enabled me to register with the Health & Care Professions Council (HCPC) as a Paramedic within the RAF. I have completed many operational tours all over the world and since my qualification as a Paramedic I have provided medical cover to British Forces Personnel in several countries including France and the USA, as well as the UK. I have also undertaken a tour as a Combat Medical Support Paramedic on patrols in Afghanistan and completed two tours on the Medical Emergency Response Team (MERT)'.
'My UK day to day job involves me producing medical policy for all three services covering anything from medical entry standards for stewards to which medications can be safely administered to aircrew on flying duties. I am the Trade Specialist Officer (TSO) for Paramedics, which means I provide expert advice to the RAF on Paramedic issues, like continuous professional development and training. In addition to this I have to maintain my own professional registration by regularly working alongside my NHS colleagues in South Western Ambulance Service Trust as a front line A&E Paramedic.
Amongst all that I also find time for more relaxed activities such as representing my unit at sport and taking part in adventure training; like the 5 day skiing course in Bavaria I undertook earlier this year (including avalanche survival training! Did I say relaxed?)'.
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.
Applicants must be registered with an appropriate professional body for their specialisation, i.e. GMC/NMC/HPC etc. If uncertain of the relevance of your personal qualifications, contact the Medical Reserves Specialist Team on 01400 266886.
18 – 54 (Must attest before 55th birthday – Ex Regulars over the age of 55 may be considered on a case by case basis)
To join the RAF you will also need to meet fitness, health, nationality, residency, and other criteria detailed below.