Personnel Support Personnel Training Officer CURRENTLY RECRUITING

When the Royal Air Force is not on operations, it is training. As an RAF Personnel Training Officer, you will have opportunities to lead, develop and manage training on RAF and MOD Units throughout the UK, on overseas bases, and on exercises and operations around the world.

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Pay During Initial Officer Training £27,200+ + Benefits

Initial pay after training £31,800+ + Benefits

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  • Be aged 17.5 – 47 years old (Must attest before 48th birthday)
  • Have a minimum of 5 GCSEs (or acceptable equivalents) at a minimum of Grade C/4-5, including English Language and Mathematics or Scottish National 5 (Grades A–C) in 5 subjects including English Language and Mathematics
  • Have 2 A Levels/3 Highers at Grades C or above (excluding Gen Studies or Critical Thinking) which must total a minimum of 64 UCAS points
  • 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
  • Pass the Officer and Aircrew Selection Centre
  • Pass a General Fitness Test


  • Gaming & Computers
  • Building and Problem solving
  • Travelling the world




  • Training management
  • Developing programmes that enhance human performance
  • Employment in flying training development
  • Parachute training for the UK’s Airborne Forces

When you take on the Training Specialisation you will be offered a range of opportunities that all have a common aim of getting the best out RAF Personnel and boosting their potential in order to give the best Service possible to the force. The Training Specialisation offers a range of opportunities with an aim of maximising the potential of RAF personnel in order to ensure that the Service delivers its operational capabilities. Training Officers are engaged in a wide variety of roles from providing specialist training advice & consultancy for individual & collective training, course design, governance & assurances through developing programmes that enhance human performance, to operationally vital employment in flying training development, parachute training for the UK’s Airborne Forces or Force Development training including adventurous training.

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Given the variety of roles within the Training Specialisation, Training Officers have opportunities to lead, develop and manage training on RAF and MOD Units throughout the UK, on overseas bases, and on exercises and operations around the world. To provide a fresh challenge, and enable you to develop your skills as a specialist, you will change jobs, known as posts or appointments, every 2-3 years.

The time spent in one job is known as a tour and tour lengths vary from post-to-post. Additionally, within your first few years of service, and subsequently, you could be detached from the United Kingdom for anything from a few days to a few months. You could be posted on an overseas tour, or go on operations in your current role.


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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You will begin your RAF career with Initial Officer Training (IOT) at the RAF College Cranwell in Lincolnshire. You will follow a challenging 24-week course designed to develop your leadership and management skills. The course includes fitness development, military training and academic study as well as practical outdoor leadership challenges.


After IOT, you will undertake an 8 week training package comprising 4 weeks of workplace training and 4 weeks of residential training at the School of Physical Training, RAF Cosford. This will equip you with essential context-specific training skills for your first tour.
Subsequent specialist training will prepare you for roles such as; training analysis, training design, training assurance, Parachute Jump Instructor, Adventurous Training Instructor, Survival Evasion Resist and Extraction Instructor, Strategic Communications and Information Activities and Outreach.

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Your first tour will likely be as a Station Training Officer on a RAF station developing programmes of activity to get the best from individuals, teams and organisations. You will have training and physical education specialists to help you achieve your aims and will be responsible for the strategy, planning and assurance of operational training activities on your unit.


As a Training Specialist you will have opportunities for further personal and professional development. After your first tour, additional training will equip you for more demanding assignments. For example, you could learn how to manage the full scope of training activity and develop your training consultancy skills – critical if you are selected to work as a Training Specialist Advisor for a specific aircraft type. Equally, you could be offered the opportunity to train as a Parachute Jump Instructor, following which you will be responsible for the parachute training of the UK’s Airborne Forces.


You will join the RAF on an Initial Commission of 12 years and may be selected to serve on a pension earning commission of 20 years service or age 40, whichever is the later, during this time Promotion to the rank of flight lieutenant is on a time served/satisfactory service basis after 3½ years from completing IOT. Further promotion to squadron leader and above is by competitive selection.


As a Training Officer you will have extensive opportunities for further professional development throughout your career. You will be able to choose to work towards further qualifications which recognise your transferrable skills and experience.
Furthermore, the RAF will encourage you to develop your leadership and management skill through a series of residential and distance-learning courses that are common to all officer branches. Much of the training you will receive is accredited and recognised by a wide range of professional bodies, including the Chartered Management Institute, and may also be aligned with the Chartered Institute of Personnel and Development to provide membership opportunities.


The skills and experience you gain throughout your career as a Training Officer could provide entry routes for a number of civilian jobs, including: Learning and Development professional, Management Consultant, Project Manager, Change Manager, Training Officer, HE Teacher, university administrator and bursar.



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 between 21 and 49 years old.


You will require minimum of 5 GCSEs (or acceptable equivalents) at a minimum of Grade C/4-5, including English Language and Mathematics or Scottish National 5 (Grades A–C) in 5 subjects including English Language and Mathematics.

You will also require 2 A-Levels/3 Highers at Grades C or above (excluding General Studies or Critical Thinking) which must total a minimum of 64 UCAS points.

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.

Further details about Commonwealth applications can be found here.


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 two or three separate fitness tests as part of the application process: Selection Fitness Test, Pre-joining Fitness Test or Pre-recruit Training Course.
How fit you need to be to pass these tests can vary depending on role, age and gender.

MALES - 100% pass rates:
AGE2.4 Km RunMulti-Stage Fitness TestPress-upsSit-ups

FEMALES - 100% pass rates:
AGE2.4 Km RunMulti-Stage Fitness TestPress-upsSit-ups

You can see the protocols for Press Ups & Sit Ups here:

PJFT/PRTC 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 PRTC Fitness Test here:

RAF 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:
AgeMale and female minimumMale and female maximumMale maximum with additional assessmentFemale maximum with additional assessment
18 +18283230
16 to < 1817272727
  • 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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