Medical and medical support Student Nurse (Adult)

Student Nurse entry to the RAF is a great way to start your career. You will train with us and, once graduated, you will begin your career as an RAF Registered Nurse, providing direct nursing care in a variety of different clinical settings.

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Pay During Initial Training £15,985+ + Benefits

On Completion Of Phase Two Training And One Year OF Service £20,400+ + Benefits

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  • Be aged 17 - 47 years (Must attest before 48th birthday)
  • Have GCSE Grade C/4-5 or SCE Standard Grades at Grade 2/Scottish National at Grade 5 in Maths, English Language and Biology/Physics/Chemistry or Science Double Award
  • Have 120 UCAS points from Higher Education. Further details listed below
  • 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 a minimum 12 years service
  • Meet the health and fitness criteria
  • Pass a Fitness test - Details below


  • Helping people
  • Travelling the world
  • Aircraft




  • Provide primary healthcare
  • Deliver secondary healthcare
  • Aeromedical evacuation (transfer of patients by air)

After basic Recruit Training at RAF Halton you will commence undergraduate professional training as a Student Nurse (Adult) within Princess Mary’s Royal Air Force Nursing Service (PMRAFNS). This is a 3-year Academic pathway within Birmingham City University (BCU) and on successful completion you will qualify as a RN(A) within part 1 of the Nursing and Midwifery Council (NMC) register.



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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It is desirable that all candidates should have some nursing/caring experience (voluntary or paid employment). Any declared experience should be accompanied with a reference.


Your career will start with a 10-week Basic Recruit Training Centre at RAF Halton. The course is designed to help you adjust to a military environment. As well as fitness and military training, you will also learn about the RAF lifestyle.


On completion of BRTC at RAF Halton you will commence undergraduate professional training as a Student Nurse (Adult) within PMRAFNS. This is a 3-year academic programme within Birmingham City University (BCU) and on successful completion you will be awarded a BSc(Hons) in Adult Nursing and qualify as a RN(A) on part 1 of the Nursing and Midwifery Council (NMC) register.

Following appropriate experience there may be an opportunity to specialise in accordance with Service requirements. The Nurse Education Advisor (NEA) will provide guidance for those wishing to advance in practice.


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After you have qualified as a RN(A) you will be expected to maintain your currency in clinical practice and undertake CPD. In consultation with the NEA you will have the opportunity to undertake further education and training throughout your career.


Once you have qualified as a RN(A) you will complete a period of Preceptorship, Trade Management Training and your Deployed Operational Nursing Competences (DONC) in preparation for your Operational role. RAF personnel are also eligible to apply for Eagles Scheme Adventure Training.


You will progress to Birmingham City University (BCU) to complete the 3 year BSc (Hons) degree in Adult Nursing. On completion you will be posted to your first unit in the rank of Acting Corporal. On completion of the Junior Management and Leadership Course and Trade Management Training you will be eligible for promotion to the rank of Corporal. Further promotion to the rank of Sergeant and beyond is by competitive selection.


You will initially join the RAF on a 12 year Notice Engagement. On completion of Student Nurse Training you will be subject to 3 years Return Of Service (ROS). You can apply to leave at the end of your ROS but this is subject to 6 – 12 months minimum waiting time. You do have the option to leave at the end of your ROS providing you have given 18 months’ notice of your intent to leave. Pay, pension and Service beyond the initial engagement (up to a maximum of age 60 years) are linked to your performance and rank progression.

PMRAFNS prides itself on equipping you with the necessary skills to operate to the highest level in your peacetime and operational role; You will be prepared fully for your Operational role with a planned Pre-Deployment Training package.

Once qualified as a Registered Nurse (Adult) and having completed 24 months appropriate clinical practice you may apply to Commission as a Nursing Officer.


In addition to the leadership and management training that threads throughout your career, you may undertake professional nursing courses and study days.  These courses are fully accredited, fully transferable and recognised by the NHS.



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 17 - 47 years (Must attest before 48th birthday)


Have these minimum grades:

Mathematics C Grade 4-5 Grade 5
English Language C Grade 4-5 Grade 5
Biology/Physics/Chemistry OR Science Double Award C Grade 4-5 Grade 5

Have 120 UCAS points from higher education. Please find below a link to the Birmingham City University Website, illustrating the university entry requirement for the BSc(Hons) Nursing (Adult) course. Applicants must meet these criteria as well as all RAF criteria.

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 information for Overseas Commonwealth applicants can be found here.

Overseas Commonwealth Application Form


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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