As an RAF Personnel Support Officer, you’ll work in many different fields, from finance to media and human resources, and you might also be deployed to exotic locations as part of your service. You will be managing a team and often do presentations and provide information on what life in the RAF is like in order for potential candidates to make the right decision about their future.
To ensure the Service operates at the cutting edge, there is a continuing need to provide the very best HR, welfare and moral support to our personnel. Our Personnel Support officers are at the forefront of this work and continuously demonstrate a level of expertise which is both hugely impressive and greatly valued by the Service senior leadership. Personnel Support officers are engaged in a wide variety of roles in direct support of operations, both overseas and from the home base. That means you will find Personnel Support officers leading and managing essential support services on permanent Royal Air Force bases, known as stations, and on operations around the world. Within your first few years, you can expect to be detached overseas, for anything from a few days to several months.
To provide a fresh challenge, and enable you to develop your skills you will normally change jobs, known as posts or appointments, every 3-5 years. Personnel Support officers have worked in all the recent operational theatres, offering an essential service on combat operations and in support of the humanitarian effort by international organisations. Typical roles include: Human Resource Management, Facilities and Estate Management, Accounting and Finance, Media and Communication, Welfare and Community Support to RAF Families and Recruiting and Selection.