Your career will start with a 10 week Basic Recruit Training Course (BRTC) at RAF Halton in Buckinghamshire. The course is designed to help you adjust to a military environment. As well as fitness and military training, you’ll also learn about the RAF lifestyle.
The next step is a Specialist training course of about 30 weeks at the School of Physical Training, Royal Air Force Cosford near Wolverhampton. The course is designed to qualify you in class instructional techniques, the effects of exercise on the body, leadership, coaching techniques, sports administration and officiating. At the end of this course you’ll have earned the National Pool Lifeguard Qualification and be eligible to join the Register of Exercise Professionals (REPS) at level 3.
Your First Tour
For your first tour you’ll probably be posted to an RAF base where you’ll help with the implementation of physical fitness and recreation programmes. You’ll carry out physical fitness tests, counsel RAF personnel on health and fitness and teach a variety of classes.
Ongoing Training/Development Opportunities
As your career progresses, we’ll continue to train you in new skills. There are opportunities to study for a BSc in Physical Activity and Health and Exercise, as well as to undertake management and leadership training.
Your Future Career Prospects/Progression
You will initially join the RAF for a period of twelve years on a Notice Engagement with effect from 1 April 2015 with the rank of acting Corporal. After completing one year’s total service providing you pass further training courses, you will be confirmed in the rank of Corporal. Further promotion to the rank of Sergeant and beyond is by competitive selection.
The qualifications you can earn are as valuable in the civilian world as they are in the RAF – which means that whenever you decide to leave the RAF, you’ll be well placed to find a job in the physical recreation and leisure industry.