How to become an RAF officer
You can get into this job through:
- applying directly
You can join the RAF Reserve as a part-time officer. This will give you experience of what life is like in the air force, and you'll 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 skills you'll need in the RAF recruitment process.
You can apply directly for RAF officer training.
You'll need a minimum of:
- 5 GCSEs at grades 9 to 4 (A* to C), including English and maths, and a science for some roles
- 2 A levels or equivalent
If your application is accepted, you'll be invited to talk to someone at your local armed forces careers office about what you want to do. You'll also take an aptitude test.
If you're successful, you'll be invited to attend the Officers and Aircrew Selection Centre at RAF College, Cranwell in Lincolnshire. You'll take part in a 3-day selection process which includes tests for aptitude, initiative and fitness. You'll then have an interview and a medical examination.
You'll find more details about how to become an officer through RAF Careers.