TRAINING

At the Royal Air Force we train everyone to the same highest standards and offer support for you to continue to learn and develop throughout your career with us.

INITIAL & SPECIALIST TRAINING

INITIAL TRAINING

At the RAF we offer outstanding training opportunities to all our recruits. When you join, your first steps will be learning to live and work as part of the RAF team. Whatever role you choose, trainees gain professional skills and qualifications. Many trades offer the chance to gain an apprenticeship, which is a leading civilian-recognised qualification.

Whether you’re joining at Officer level or as an Airman/Airwoman, your Initial Training will cover topics such as living and working in the RAF, our history and culture, weapon handling and survival techniques. Depending on your level, this could last either 10 or 24 weeks and be held at a training base like RAF Cranwell in Lincolnshire or RAF Halton in Buckinghamshire.

SPECIALIST TRAINING

After you’ve completed your initial training, you will begin your specialist training. Where you go and how long it lasts will depend on your job. However, as well as technical skills, you will get on-the-job experience – often at a much earlier stage than you would as a civilian. The training, and your experience, will form the foundation of an advanced apprenticeship and other useful qualifications.

FITNESS

Fitness in the RAF is important. We are always on the move, whether operating in combat zones or on peaceful missions and we have to be ready for anything.

Before you’re accepted into the RAF you’ll have to pass either two or three fitness tests, depending on the role you apply for. If you don’t pass the pre-joining fitness test you will not be able to apply for your chosen role.

EDUCATION

Quality education is one of many benefits of the RAF. All of our personnel stay at the forefront of their field through continuous learning, hands-on experience and training.

In addition to Initial Training and specialist Trade and Branch Training there are opportunities to gain further qualifications. The RAF promotes lifelong learning within all ranks and this is supported through the following schemes;

The Standard Learning Credit Scheme supplies financial support for both Regular and Reserve Personnel throughout the individuals Service career, offering 80% refund of fees up to £175 each year for multiple small-scale learning purposes.

The Enhanced Learning Credit Scheme helps Regular personnel who have completed a minimum of 6yrs service towards the cost of higher level learning, offering  80% refund of fees up to £3000 after 6yrs or up to £6000 after 8yrs. This can be used for elective learning towards a nationally recognised qualification at level 3 (‘A’ level or equivalent) or above, including degrees. The Enhanced Learning Scheme is also available for up to 5yrs after discharge.

RAF Accreditation provides opportunities to gain nationally recognised civilian qualifications through the accreditation of RAF education, training and experience. Accreditation-based qualifications may be awarded in full or in part which require additional study to complete a larger or more advanced qualification, further enhancing individual skills and knowledge.  Learning Credits may be used to support course fees.

The pace at which you can develop and gain additional skills - both personally and professionally - is limited only by your own ability level and depth of commitment. Detailed advice and guidance on learning opportunities is available to individuals from specialist staff on all RAF Stations.

FIND YOUR ROLE

Whether you want to fly a fast jet, gather intelligence or cater for our personnel, we have the role for you.

PAY AND BENEFITS

We offer bonuses and benefits going from subsidised living to gym memberships and discounts for you and your partner. 

CAREER PROGRESSION

There are plenty of opportunities for development throughout your career 
in the RAF.

FIND YOUR ROLE

Whether you want to fly a fast jet, gather intelligence or cater for our personnel, we have the role for you.

PAY AND BENEFITS

We offer bonuses and benefits going from subsidised living to gym memberships and discounts for you and your partner. 

CAREER PROGRESSION

There are plenty of opportunities for development throughout your career 
in the RAF.

GOT WHAT IT TAKES?

FIND YOUR ROLE