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Royal Air Force Airman or Airwoman

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Royal Air Force airmen or airwomen work in a wide variety of support roles, mostly in ground support. A smaller number of airmen or airwomen are aircrew and have flight duties. All RAF airmen or airwomen must be ready to go to war. They may provide support on the ground or fly aircraft.

The Work

In ground support you could be:

In aircrew you could be:

In both areas you could be:

Pay

The figures below are only a guide. Actual pay rates may vary, depending on:

New recruits start at £15,364 a year whilst in professional training. Initial pay after training is usually £19,025 a year, but in some specialist roles it is more. (Salaries from 2018.) You get extra allowances in some jobs and for being overseas.

Salaries according to ranks are:

The RAF provides subsidised food and accommodation as well as uniforms and protective clothing, free healthcare and a pension.

Conditions

You should be aware that in the RAF, you may at times be operating in difficult and dangerous conditions and there may be the risk of injury or death.

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Getting In

Specific entry and eligibility requirements vary depending on the role you choose, but in general are as follows.

At present all roles are open to women with the exception of RAF Regiment officer and RAF Regiment Gunner. These exclusions however, are due to be lifted no later than 2018.

The conditions on leaving and how much notice is required varies depending on which branch or specialism you are in. The RAF or Armed Forces recruitment offices would advise on this.

A Scottish Qualification Authority (SQA) Skills for Work: Uniformed and Emergency Services is available at National 4, and may be offered in some schools. Contact the Scottish Qualifications Authority for details.

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What Does it Take?

You should be:

Training

Getting On

More Information

For detailed information about the Royal Air Force, phone 0345 605 5555 or visit the Royal Air Force website to find your nearest recruitment centre. The Ministry of Defence website is also useful.

Contacts

The following organisations may be able to provide further information.

Royal Air Force Careers
Tel: 0345 605 5555
Website: https://www.raf.mod.uk/recruitment/
Twitter: @RAF_Recruitment
Facebook: https://www.facebook.com/RAFRecruitment

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