Personnel Support Legal Officer CURRENTLY RECRUITING

Law in the RAF addresses the rules and regulations of the organisation, society at large and the international community. As an RAF Legal Officer, you will have a wide variety of legal challenges linked to the force and will play a central role in ensuring that we function smoothly.

Full-time regular Spare time reserve

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PAY DURING TRAINING £39,236 + Benefits

Initial pay after training £39,236 + Benefits

DAY RATE STARTS AT: £37.12 + Benefits

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APPLICANTS MUST:

  • Be aged 24 – 47 years old* (Must attest before 48th birthday)
  • Be either a member of the Bar of England and Wales, Scotland or Northern Ireland and have completed a pupillage, or be a solicitor admitted to the Roll of England and Wales, Scotland or Northern Ireland. Applications from persons who hold CILEX qualifications cannot be accepted.
  • Have GCSEs at a minimum of Grade C or equivalent, Scottish Certificate of Education (SCE) at a minimum of Grade 2 or Scottish National Equivalent (SNE) at Grade 5 in English Language and Maths
  • 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 minimum 12 years service
  • Meet the health and fitness criteria
  • Pass a General Fitness Test
  • If you require more information please contact the Legal Team here:
    Air-DLS-RecruitingTeam@mod.gov.uk

GREAT FOR THOSE INTERESTED IN:

  • Analysis and maths
  • Travelling the world
  • Helping people

APPLICANTS MUST:

  • Be aged 18 – 54 (Must attest before 55th birthday - Ex Regulars over the age of 55 may be considered on a case by case basis)
  • Be a UK, Republic of Ireland or Commonwealth citizen
  • Be either a member of the Bar of England and Wales, Scotland or Northern Ireland and have completed a pupillage, or be a solicitor admitted to the Roll of England and Wales, Scotland or Northern Ireland. Applications from persons who hold CILEX qualifications cannot be accepted.
  • Have GCSEs at a minimum of Grade C or equivalent, Scottish Certificate of Education (SCE) at a minimum of Grade 2 or Scottish National Equivalent (SNE) at Grade 5 in English Language and Mathematics.
  • Have a full UK Driving License
  • Commit 27 days per year for 12 years minimum
  • Meet the health and fitness criteria
  • Pass the Airman Selection Test
  • Pass a General Fitness Test

GREAT FOR THOSE INTERESTED IN:

  • Analysis and maths
  • Travelling the world
  • Helping people

Locations

600 Sqn RAF Northolt, Middlesex

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WHAT WILL YOU DO?

TYPICAL RESPONSIBILITIES

  • Advising military commanders and staff in national, coalition and Allied environments on domestic and international humanitarian law
  • Advising on military law, air law, employment law, European law, health and safety and environmental law
  • Development and drafting of legislation in relation to the Armed Forces
  • Acting as Legal Adviser to Service Inquiry panels in relation to their investigations
  • Advocacy for the defence or prosecution at Courts Martial, Service Civilian Courts and Summary Appeal Courts
  • Advising both military police and commanders in relation to criminal investigations, evidence gathering, interviewing, and pre- and post-charge custody
  • Advising personnel of all ranks on the Armed Forces Act 2006 and procedures and regulations that apply to the RAF and wider defence
  • Providing legal training across the full breadth of ranks and branches of the RAF

Like most officers in the RAF, you will move jobs every few years, and each job is known as a tour.  You could receive your first overseas move, or ‘posting’, immediately after your Initial Officer Training and specialist training.  Overseas postings normally last between two and three years.

 

WHY JOIN THE RAF?

Thanks to subsidised food, travel, accommodation and free gym you get more money in your pocket.

Salary
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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WHY JOIN THE RESERVES?

The skills you acquire as a Reserve won’t just prepare you for the RAF, they will enhance your work and civilian life.

You might be called up to assist with our operations worldwide for up to six months, during which you may be able to claim a pay award to cover your and your employer’s costs.

  • Training
  • Free gym
  • Subsidised food
  • Paid pension
  • Paid holiday

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TRAINING AND CAREER

TRAINING YOU’LL RECEIVE

Like all our Specialist Branch officers, you will begin your RAF career on the Specialist Entrant and Re-entrant (SERE) course at the RAF College Cranwell in Lincolnshire.  You will follow an 11-week course specially designed for professionally qualified entrants.  The course includes fitness development, military training and academic study as well as practical outdoor leadership challenges.

SPECIALIST TRAINING

As a fully qualified solicitor or barrister, you will already have the core legal skills to do your job.  However, during your induction training at the Directorate of Legal Services (RAF) you will receive an introduction to those aspects of law in the RAF that may not be familiar to you, with more in depth training in areas relevant to your first posting being provided by the team to which you are assigned.  Thereafter, you will benefit from a full programme of training together with hands-on experience to develop you as a legal officer throughout your career.

You will be offered opportunities to develop and experience new areas of legal practice, including international humanitarian law, as well as the same through-life Professional Military Development as all other RAF officers.

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FOUNDATION TOUR

For your first tour, you could be posted to a Regional Legal Office on a major operational flying station in the UK, to our legal offices in Germany or Cyprus, to the RAF Service Complaints Team at RAF High Wycombe in Buckinghamshire or the Service Prosecuting Authority in RAF Northolt.  You will work under the guidance of senior officers and receive training in order to develop both your knowledge of new areas of law and your potential as a RAF officer.

YOUR CAREER PROSPECTS

You will join the RAF as a Flight Lieutenant on an Initial Commission of 6 years.  After a period of productive service, and by competitive selection or on promotion to Squadron Leader, you may be selected for your commission to be converted to a pension-earning commission of 20 years’ service or to age 40, whichever is the latter.  A further extension of your commission of up to 30 years’ Service (or to age 60) is also possible, either by competitive selection or on promotion to Group Captain. Some posts within the branch become available only when appropriate experience and rank has been gained.

ONGOING DEVELOPMENT

In accordance with Bar Council or Law Society policy guidance, you will be able to maintain your Continuing Professional Development currency through a combination of accredited external and internal legal training. Each year you will also attend the DLS(RAF) Conference, which will not only provide updates in various areas of Law, but will also allow you to take part in leadership- and teamwork-based activities. There will also be opportunities to improve your leadership skills through both military training and Force development events, such as Orienteering.

TRANSFERABLE SKILLS

As a Legal Officer in the RAF, you will have all the developmental opportunities and career prospects of your civilian counterparts, but with the added benefit of having the chance to work around the world and gain unique experience of the law.  In addition, you will have the opportunity to develop leadership and managerial skills which are unrivalled in the civilian legal world.

TRAINING AND CAREER

INITIAL TRAINING

Following successful completion of OASC potential Recruits take part on 4 Pre-Basic Reserve Training weekends with 600 Squadron at RAF Northolt, before undertaking 15 days of Basic Recruit Training at RAF Halton. Following successful completion of this phase, you will attend Reserve Officer Initial Training at RAF Cranwell, which runs for 27 days over a 3 ½ -month period. During this time you will gain the skills and knowledge to command and lead in military roles and beyond. The course includes fitness development, military training and academic study as well as practical outdoor leadership challenges.

SPECIALIST TRAINING

As a fully qualified solicitor or barrister, you will already have the core legal skills to do your job. However, during your induction training at the Directorate of Legal Services you will be introduced to aspects of law in the RAF that may not be familiar to you. Further training will be provided by the team to which you are assigned. Thereafter, you will gain hands-on experience of the job and, throughout your Reserve career, you will be offered opportunities to develop and experience new areas of legal practice.

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ASSIGNMENT

Upon completion of ROIT and following the Branch induction, you could be posted to a Regional Legal Office on a major operational flying station in the UK, to our legal offices in Germany or Cyprus, or to the RAF Service Complaints Team at RAF High Wycombe in Buckinghamshire. You will work under the guidance of senior officers and receive training in order to develop your knowledge of new areas of law and also to develop your potential as a RAF officer.

 

YOUR CAREER PROSPECTS

You will join the RAF as a Flight Lieutenant on successful completion of ROIT. After a period of productive service and by competitive selection, you may be promoted to the rank of Squadron Leader.

 

ONGOING DEVELOPMENT

Reserve officers are expected to comply with SRA or BAR Council policy in regards to CPD points to ensure they are competent to represent the RAF as a Legal Practitioner. All Reserve officers are to attend the Directorate of Legal Services Induction Course, and are invited to attend the Branch Annual Conference. Both of these carry CPD points, though the CPD relates to RAF core business, and are not necessarily relevant to the officer’s civilian practise.

 

TRANSFERABLE SKILLS

As a Reserve Legal Officer in the RAF, you will develop both leadership and management skills; these will allow you to effectively lead personnel through peace time and through times of conflict. You will also be given the opportunity to practice unique areas of law not available to Civilian legal practitioners.

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.

ENTRY REQUIREMENTS

ALL APPLICANTS MUST:

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 24–47* (Must attest before 48th birthday)

Have a full UK driving license

*Applications from older candidates, especially those with previous commissioned service and/or relevant experience, may be considered on their merits, see below:

ALL APPLICANTS MUST:

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 24–54

EDUCATION REQUIREMENTS

Have these minimum grades:

  GCSE GCSE 2017 SNE
Mathematics C Grade 4 Grade 5
English Language C Grade 4 Grade 5

You must be either a member of the Bar of England and Wales, Scotland or Northern Ireland and have completed pupillage, or be a solicitor admitted to the Roll of England and Wales, Scotland or Northern Ireland.

Applications from older candidates, especially those with previous commissioned service and/or relevant experience, may be considered on their merits as follows:

Older candidates with more than 4 years post qualification experience (PQE) will be referred to the Directorate of Legal Services (RAF) for consideration.

Older candidates with less than 4 years PQE, but who have more than 2 years PQE, have a strong academic record (e.g. A levels at grade A or B plus a 2:1 bachelor’s degree or better) will also be referred to DLS (RAF) for consideration.

A full UK driving license will be required.

Once you have successfully been commissioned into the Directorate of Legal Services (RAF) you will have to undertake and pass Developed Vetting periodically throughout your career, this will enable you to complete all duties of an RAF Legal Officer.

For more information please contact the Legal Team here: Air-DLS-RecruitingTeam@mod.gov.uk

You can see what the RAF accepts in lieu of GCSEs & A Levels here

NATIONALITY & RESIDENCY

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 Home Office 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. 

FITNESS REQUIREMENTS

HEALTH REQUIREMENTS

BEFORE YOUR APPLICATION:

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.

DURING YOUR APPLICATION:

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.

BACKGROUND CHECKS

YOU MUST:

  • 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

DISQUALIFYING FACTORS

YOU CAN'T APPLY FOR THE RAF IF YOU:

  • 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. All tattoos must not be visible above the neck collar or below the sleeve cuff while wearing uniform
  • Have body piercing which causes holes that do not close up
  • Declare yourself to be an 'undischarged' bankrupt

EDUCATION REQUIREMENTS

Have these minimum grades:

  GCSE GCSE 2017 SNE
Mathematics C Grade 4 Grade 5
English Language C Grade 4 Grade 5

find a list of the approved subjects here

You must be either a member of the Bar of England and Wales, Scotland or Northern Ireland and have completed a pupillage, or be a solicitor admitted to the Roll of England and Wales, Scotland or Northern Ireland. Applications from persons who hold CILEX qualifications cannot be accepted.

NATIONALITY & RESIDENCY

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 may be considered.

FITNESS REQUIREMENTS

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 a Pre-joining Fitness Test. 
How fit you need to be to pass this test can vary depending on role, age and gender.

MALES
Age Limits 2.4 Km Run (Minutes) Multi-Stage Fitness Test (Level) Press-ups (Number) Sit-ups (Number)
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 12.00 8.09 18 29
40-44 12.26 8.03 17 26
45-49 12.54 7.07 16 23
50-54 13.27 7.01 15 20
FEMALES
Age Limits 2.4 Km Run(Minutes) Multi-Stage Fitness Test (Level) Press-ups (Number) Sit-ups (Number)
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
45-49 15.19 5.04 6 20
50-54 15.53 4.09 5 17

HEALTH REQUIREMENTS

BEFORE YOUR APPLICATION:

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.

DURING YOUR APPLICATION:

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.

BACKGROUND CHECKS

YOU MUST:

  • 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

DISQUALIFYING FACTORS

YOU CAN'T APPLY FOR THE RAF IF YOU:

  • Have been or are 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. All tattoos must not be visible above the neck collar or below the sleeve cuff while wearing uniform
  • Have body piercing which causes holes that do not close up
  • Declare yourself to be an 'undischarged' bankrupt

If you don’t have any of the above, you might still be able to apply. For more information contact your local AFCO.

GOT WHAT IT TAKES?

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GOT WHAT IT TAKES?

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