Joining the RAF

Joining the RAF

Today’s RAF

Today’s modern RAF is a highly respected inclusive organisation made up of full-time Regulars and spare-time Reserves working side-by-side to make a difference. As a force for good the RAF gets involved in everything from preventing civil war to delivering humanitarian aid, aiding communities in the UK and hosting ceremonial events.

To find out more, visit the RAF website

If you are joining the RAF you’ll need to meet certain criteria. Eligibility check.

Armed Forces Careers Offices (AFCOs) map and postcode locator.

The Opportunities

The RAF offer 50+ roles ranging from drivers and photographers to engineers and nurses, but the opportunity and lifestyle that comes with joining the RAF is bigger than that.

Regardless of role, gender, age, background or qualifications, they offer:

  • World-class training and ongoing development
  • A highly competitive benefits package
  • A culture of camaraderie
  • Individual responsibility within a wider team of exceptional individuals
  • Full-time Regular and spare-time Reserve commitment levels
  • The ability to see and stay in touch with your friends and family, while also forging new friendships
  • Sporting opportunities and facilities
  • Top-of the line kit
  • The opportunity to be part of an equal opportunity organisation listed as one of the Times Top 50 Employers for Women
RAF Halton provides the Basic Recruit Training Course (BTRC). All non-commissioned airmen and airwomen do their initial training.

RAF Recruitment have an official Twitter feed follow them at @RAF_Recruitment  or on the Team’s Facebook page.

Some useful information for parents and guardians

Facebook group for parents and family members of Serving RAF personnel

Take a look at our Service personnel section

Image: Royal Air Force armourers working on a Paveway guided bomb fitted to a Tornado GR4 from 2 (Army Cooperation)Squadron at Kandahar Airfield, Afghanistan. Contains public sector information licensed under the Open Government Licence v3.0.