How to become an RAF airman or airwoman
You can get into this job through:
- an apprenticeship
- applying directly
You could apply to join the RAF through an HM forces serviceperson intermediate apprenticeship.
You'll still need to apply directly to the RAF to discuss which is the best apprenticeship route for you. This will depend on your qualifications and which service role you're interested in.
- entry requirements vary
You can join the RAF Reserve to get some experience of what life is like in the air force and to learn new skills.
You'll need to:
- be between 18 and 54
- commit to at least 27 days a year
- attend a 2-week training camp each year
If you're between 13 and 18 years old, you can join the Air Cadets.
You'll visit RAF bases and develop some of the key skills that the RAF will be looking for in their recruitment selection process, should you go on to apply.
You can apply directly to join the RAF.
- at least 3 GCSEs grades 9 to 4 (A* to C) including English and maths, and a science for some roles
- to be over 16 years old - upper age limit varies depending on the role
- to be physically fit
If your initial application is accepted, you'll be invited to talk to someone at your local armed forces careers office about what you want to do, and take an aptitude test.
If you successfully complete the initial stage, you'll be invited to attend further interviews and assessments, which include fitness and medical tests.
You'll find out more about working in the RAF through RAF Careers.