Serving in the RAF as Media Operations Airman/Airwoman or Officer will bring you new challenges and experiences. You will be given a lot of responsibility very early on to be the RAF’s voice in the media, working on news stories and national public relations campaigns.
Personnel Support Media Operations
As an RAF Media Operations Airman/Airwoman, you will be the voice of the RAF, supporting media operations officers and HQ Air Command with the delivery of national and international communications campaigns to make sure the RAF’s stories are communicated correctly and fairly.
DAY RATE STARTS AT: £37.12
Is this for you?
- Be aged 18 – 54 years old (Must attest before 55th birthday)
- Have a minimum of GCSEs at Grade G (Grade 1 to 3 with effect from Aug 17) in English Language and Mathematics or SCE Standard Grades at Grade 6/Scottish National 4 in English and Mathematics
- Be a UK, Republic of Ireland or Commonwealth citizen
- Be able to demonstrate impeccable written English
- Be currently employed, self-employed or studying (academic vocational) as a journalist or PR practitioner, and be able to provide a portfolio of published material demonstrating an ability to produce compelling PR copy or journalism
- 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
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- Being creative
- Travelling the world
- Helping people
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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.
- Free gym
- Subsidised food
- Paid pension
- Paid holiday
TRAINING AND CAREER
Your training will start with a Basic Recruit Training Course 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 receive specialist continuous professional development training to bring your civilian skills in line with the RAF’s approach to media operations. Initial training includes 8 days on the Mobile News Team Course, where you will learn how the RAF, Army and Royal Navy work on media operations.
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.
ALL APPLICANTS MUST:
Be a UK, Republic of Ireland or Commonwealth citizen and be between 18 and 54 years old.
Have these minimum grades:
|Mathematics||G||Grade 1-3||Grade 4|
|English Language||G||Grade 1-3||Grade 4|
find a list of the approved subjects here
You must also be currently employed, self-employed or studying (academic vocational) as a journalist or PR practitioner, and be able to provide a portfolio of published material demonstrating an ability to produce compelling PR copy or journalist, and be able to demonstrate impeccable written English.
NATIONALITY & RESIDENCY
You must be a UK, Republic of Ireland or Commonwealth citizen.
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.
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.
|Age Limits||2.4 Km Run (Minutes)||Multi-Stage Fitness Test (Level)||Press-ups (Number)||Sit-ups (Number)|
|Age Limits||2.4 Km Run(Minutes)||Multi-Stage Fitness Test (Level)||Press-ups (Number)||Sit-ups (Number)|
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|
|16 to < 18||17||27||27||27|
- Calculate your BMI now, click here.
- 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.
- 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
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.
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
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.