How to become an RAF officer
You can get into this job through:
- an apprenticeship
- applying directly
RAF apprenticeship roles offer you the chance to learn on the job and gain a UK-recognised trade qualification, as part of a challenging and unique career.
There are more than 20 roles to choose from in professions such as:
- air and space operations
- logistics including catering
- cyberspace and intelligence
- medical services
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 qualifications
If your application is accepted, you'll be invited to talk to an adviser 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 one-day selection process which includes tests for aptitude, initiative and fitness. You'll then have an interview and a medical examination.
You can join the RAF Reserve in some roles as a part-time officer. This will give you experience of what life is like in the Royal 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 17 years old, you can join the Air Cadets.
The skills you learn and experiences you gain will benefit you whatever career path you choose. Cadets have many opportunities, including UK and overseas camps, leadership courses, air experience flights and pilot training.
You'll find more details about how to become an officer through RAF Recruitment.