Joint Strike Fighter

SUAS - How to Join

2017/18 Recruitment

How to Join SUAS

Hopefully, you have looked through our website and that of the RAF UAS ( and like what you have seen and read.

If you now have a keen interest in committing yourself to one of the best organisations available to full-time students, then make sure you come down to one of freshers' fairs that we will be attending (listed below). There will be representatives from both the students and staff of SUAS. You can spend some time talking to the current students and find out just what it is like juggling life on the Squadron with a full-time degree, or talk to our staff to find out what opportunities will lay in store if you are successful in gaining a place on the Squadron.

Please note: by joining the squadron there is no obligation to join the Royal Air Force at the end of your degree, although we hope you will. Likewise, the Royal Air Force is not obliged to offer you a commission at the end of your membership.

We recruit from the following universities:

  • Southampton
  • Southampton Solent
  • Portsmouth
  • Bournemouth
  • Winchester
  • Chichester
  • Brighton
  • East Sussex

2017 Dates & Fairs

Southampton University Air Squadron will be represented at the following University Freshers Fairs in 2017:

Portsmouth- Wednesday 20th and Thursday 21st September 2017

Bournemouth – Saturday 23rd September 2017

Winchester - Saturday 23rd September 2017

Southampton – Wednesday 27th September 2017

Students from our other Universities are strongly encouraged to attend one of the above fairs to make their application to join us. Should you not be able to attend one the above then please contact the Sqn Adj at the email address below to discuss.

Unfortunately, the process of recruitment is resolved within a short period of time. As a result, late applications - after 29 September 2017 - cannot be considered. If you intend to join, it is advised that you do NOT transfer your medical records from home to university until your application has been processed.


Please contact the SUAS Adjutant by email at

What happens next?

Eligible students who are interested in joining SUAS will be provided with an initial interview so that we can get to know you and to confirm your eligibility. If all that goes well you’ll be invited to our Open Morning at MOD Boscombe Down on Saturday 7 October 2017. The open morning will include an assessment of the RAF fitness test (bleep test) and some leaderless team working exercises, so you will require sports kit and warm over clothing should the weather not be favourable.

You will need to make your own way to MOD Boscombe Down, we will meet you at the camp gates and get you booked in. From there you will be taken to the gym where you will be briefed on the UAS and the RAF VR by staff and current student members. Following that you be split into groups and taken through the fitness assessment and leaderless exercises. Once completed you will be escorted off station to make you own way back to your home/uni residence.

Those successful at the open morning will be notified on Monday 9th October 2017 and offered a formal interview (16 – 20 October), venue to be confirmed – all details will be provided.

The interview process is not arduous and should be considered as good experience for the kind of interview that students may face later in their chosen career, but will follow that as conducted by the RAF as part of its Officer selection process.

Final selection will be made following the conclusion of the interviews with all students being notified of the outcome by close of play Monday 23rd October. The successful students will be offered a first-year position on SUAS; subject to passing the medical, fitness test and security clearance (medical appointments will take place week commencing 23rd October with locations to be confirmed). They will then commence the induction process to join the Royal Air Force (Volunteer Reserve) as a University Air Squadron Officer Cadet.

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