The RAF relies on a complex global network of communication, radar and information systems. It’s up to Cyberspace Communication Specialists to make sure these systems never fail.
As a CCS there are all sorts of jobs you could be involved in. Working across our cutting-edge ICT network you’ll be vital in providing effective air power through training in any of these areas:
- Maintaining the RAF’s cyber defence networks
- Deploying tactical communications systems to anywhere in the world
- Developing and implementing cutting edge software solutions
- Setting up communication and control systems for operations and exercises
- Providing support and administrate servers and mission support systems for aircraft
Are you looking for details on full-time or spare-time roles?
Initial pay after training
Rising to £45,000+
30 days + bank holidays
Living on base is a unique experience. Rent starts at as little as £27 a month including utility bills. Alternative accommodation on and off base is also available at lower rental costs than the UK average.
|Mess (room only)||from £27p/m|
|2-bed house (other ranks)||from £80p/m|
You will receive excellent private healthcare and dental care. Not only is this a free service, but it’s readily available at a moment’s notice.
Every base has free sports facilities. The RAF’s physical training instructors are also available to offer training advice and tips for staying fit.
Whether you decided to live on or off base your travel costs will be significantly lower with travel allowances and discounts for you and your family.
Eating well and staying healthy are important parts of daily life in the RAF and we offer well balanced meals at a subsidised price.
£33.53 per week
for 3 quality meals a day
While you live on base you will pay a heavily reduced council tax.
The RAF offers a free pension which you don’t have to pay into. The size of your pension will depend on your length of service and rank on retirement.
In the RAF you will be encouraged to continue developing and will receive free training as well as an annual allowance towards new qualifications.
"CCS is a really wide trade with lots of opportunity. I work on the High Readiness Team.
We provide initial comms for guys on the ground so they can make contact with the UK and set up base themselves.
We have to be ready to deploy to anywhere in the world within 12 or 24 hours, depending on the scenario. Scenarios can vary hugely, I recently came back from deployment in the British Virgin Islands, where we were helping with the hurricane relief effort.
When we get the call, we have to sort medical checks, stock up on food and get our equipment ready. This includes tents for accommodation and the equipment we need to set up our initial comms, which is basically a satellite dish and phone."
In the RAF you will receive the highest level of training to make you the best in your field. Your career will start with a 10 week Basic Recruit Training Course (BRTC) where you will learn:
- fitness and military training
- about core RAF values
- the code of conduct and history of the RAF
During your specialist training, you will be enrolled on a Unified Communications Technician Trailblazer Advanced Apprenticeship at the Microsoft- and Cisco-accredited academy, No. 1 Radio School. During this time, you will have the opportunity to learn how to operate and maintain the RAF’s extensive Communications and Computer systems including:
- Satellite and data communications, information systems and network administration / Cyber Security
- Electronic and radio principles plus mathematics
- Cisco Academy IT Essential and Cisco Introduction to Networks
- Microsoft Server 2K12, Relational Databases and Programming Techniques
- Hands-on technical skills required to deploy and maintain communication information networks and sensors
A major advantage of being a Cyberspace Communication Specialist is the breadth and diversity of the jobs that you could be employed in. Further training throughout your career will ensure you remain capable of operating the latest military communications and computer networks, but there is also the opportunity to take your education further through the opportunity to undertake:
- Foundation Degree in Information Technology and Communications or Computing Science from Staffordshire University
- A clear pathway to a Bachelor’s Degree in IT and Communications or Security and Intelligence
The qualifications you can earn are as valuable in the civilian world as they are in the RAF. The Unified Communications Technician Trailblazer Advanced apprenticeship is developed by a large number of major UK communications companies. When you combine your training with your wider experience in the RAF you will be well placed and in demand by any potential civilian employers.
Thank you for registering interest in being a Cyberspace Communications Specialist.
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