You can be a Reserve
up to the age of
A minimum commitment of
After five years you can receive a
tax-free lump sum ‘bounty’ of up to
Unique benefits mean you will have a much higher disposable income
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.
Eating well and staying healthy are important parts of daily life in the RAF and we offer well balanced meals at a subsidised price.
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.
After basic training, recruits go on to Reserve Officer Initial Training during their second year. This combines distance learning with residential weekends at the prestigious RAF College Cranwell in Lincolnshire. It also includes a two-week residential phase at Cranwell where Reserves mix with Regular Officers on their initial training. During this period you will gain the skills and knowledge to command and lead in military roles and beyond.
All applicants must be fit in order to complete initial and specialist training, and perform their roles effectively. To assess fitness, every candidate undergoes two or three separate fitness tests as part of the application process: Selection Fitness Test, Pre-joining Fitness Test or Pre-recruit Training Course. The fitness requirements for these tests vary according to role, age and gender.
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To join as a Reserve Engineer Officer you must be an ex-armed forces member...
AGE AND EXPERIENCE
18 – 54 (Must attest before 55th birthday – Ex Regulars over the age of 55 may be considered on a case by case basis.) Only qualified ex-military commissioned personnel are currently eligible for this role.
I confirm that: I have an accredited Bachelors or Masters degree in an appropriate engineering or scientific subject, eg: aeronautical engineering; IT/IS engineering; mechanical engineering; electrical engineering; or electronic engineering My degree is accredited by one or more of the 4 professional engineering institutions most closely aligned to the RAF’s needs: the Royal Aeronautical Society; the Institution of Mechanical Engineers; the Institution of Engineering and Technology; or (for CE officers only) the British Computer Society. Degree accreditation status can be determined via the Engineering Council (UK) website www.engc.org.uk I have a GCSE at Grade C (Grade 4 to 5 with effect from Aug 17)or Scottish Certificate of Education at Grade 2 or Scottish National Equivalent at Grade 5 in English Language
I have been 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).