You will initially join the RAF for a period of twelve years on a Notice Engagement. Pay, pension and service beyond the initial engagement (up to a maximum of age 60 years) are linked to your performance and rank progression. Student nurse entrants may exit during the initial 12-year engagement – minimum Service 4 years after completion of nursing training –and will transfer to ex-Service reserve status.
In preparation for your overseas role, you will complete Deployed Operational Nursing Competencies under the supervision of mentors. Princess Mary's Royal Air Force Nursing Service prides itself on equipping you with the necessary skills to operate to the highest level in your peacetime and operational role; militarily you will undertake short courses of training with the RAF Regiment, RAF personnel are also eligible to apply for Adventurous Training.
Having completed a BSc (Hons) in nursing you will be able to work as a registered nurse within the United Kingdom (UK). If in the future you wish to leave the Service your experience, further clinical training and managerial dexterity will make you highly competitive within the civilian job market.
With the necessary experience, Princess Mary's Royal Air Force Nursing Service provides the opportunity to specialise in accordance with service requirements. The Nurse Education Advisor (NEA) provides advice and guidance for those wishing to study on a full or part-time basis. Successful applicants will be seconded.