How to become RAF non-commissioned aircrew
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 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 at the same time.
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 5 GCSEs grades 9 to 4 (A* to C) including English and maths, and a science for some roles
- to be over 17.5 years old - upper age limit varies depending on the role
- to be physically fit
For some roles like weapons system operator linguist, you'll need to be fluent in at least 2 languages.
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 need to pass a physical fitness assessment to be accepted into the RAF. RAF fitness has information on how to assess your current fitness and how to improve to the required level if you need to.
You'll find more details about working in the RAF through RAF Careers.