Royal Air Force Officer

Royal Air Force Officer Image

Royal Air Force (RAF) officers carry out flying duties or specialise in one of a wide range of ground duties. They lead and manage teams of RAF airmen or airwomen. They are responsible for the training, welfare and discipline of the men and women under their command.

The Work

There are around 20 different officer roles to choose from to suit your skills and ambitions including: pilot, weapons systems officer, police officer, intelligence officer, air traffic control officer, chaplain, doctor, dentist, nursing officer and engineer. All RAF officers must be ready to serve anywhere in the UK and overseas and must be prepared to go into combat zones at any time.

You could be:


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

Many officers, including pilots, engineering and personnel officers, are paid £27,861 a year during training and £34,690 after training. There are different pay scales for certain specialist officers and for people who join with a degree or a professional qualification, such as chaplains and legal officers. 

The following rank scales are a general guide:

You get extra allowances in some jobs and for being overseas. The RAF provides subsidised food and accommodation as well as uniforms and protective clothing, free healthcare and a pension.


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 and death.

Workforce Employment Status

LMI data powered by LMI for All

Useful Subjects

Getting In

Workforce Education Levels (UK)

LMI data powered by Lightcast

What Does it Take?

You should be:


Getting On

More Information

For detailed information about the Royal Air Force, phone 0345 605 5555 and visit its website at Royal Air Force to find your nearest recruitment centre. 


Courtesy of Royal Air Force




The following organisations may be able to provide further information.

Royal Air Force Careers
Tel: 0345 605 5555
Twitter: @RAF_Recruitment

Was this article useful?
Please help us improve Planit by rating this article.