Medical and medical support


Paramedics are often the first to respond in a medical crisis and provide a full range of pre-hospital emergency care both in the UK and when deployed overseas. They form an integral part of the Medical Emergency Response Team, flying out onboard RAF helicopters to recover casualties. Qualified Paramedics can join the RAF Reserves direct, however those interested in joining the Regulars would join first as a RAF Medic. Find out more about being an RAF Medic.

Typical Responsibilities:

  • Provide emergency care during transfer of injured personnel from the battlefield to the nearest medical treatment facility.
  • Offer medical care to troops in the field as part of a mobile patrol joining operations or exercises.
  • Assist in the aeromedical evacuation of casualties from overseas to UK hospitals.

Similar civilian roles include Paramedic.

Royal Air Force - Regular & Reserve

RAF Regulars and Reserves work side by side.

Scroll down to explore the opportunities as a Paramedic in the RAF.

Key Facts

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Initial pay after training

Day rates dependent on rank, role and experience

Entry level



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.

The possibility of being deployed to a UK or overseas base for up to 6 months after the first year.


502 Sqn Aldergrove Flying Station
600 Sqn RAF Northolt, Middlesex
612 Sqn RAF Leuchars, Fife (Extremely Ltd Vacancies)
4626 Sqn RAF Brize Norton, Oxfordshire (Extremely Ltd Vacancies)

Royal Air Force - Regular & Reserve

In the RAF

My Role

'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 Day

'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?)'. 

Kev, Paramedic.



Royal Air Force - Regular & Reserve

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Initial Training

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.

Specialist Training

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.


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Job requirements


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)

RAF Requirements

To join the RAF you will also need to meet fitness, health, nationality, residency, and other criteria detailed below.


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