Be a citizen of the United Kingdom or the Republic of Ireland, holder of dual UK / other nationality or have been a Commonwealth citizen since birth.
Be aged 16 47 years old (Must attest before 48th birthday)
Have these minimum grades :
GCSE GCSE 2017 SNE Mathematics CGrade 4Grade 5 English Language CGrade 4Grade 5 Science or Technology CGrade 4Grade 5
find a list of the approved subjects here
You can see what the RAF accepts in lieu of GCSEs & A Levels here
NATIONALITY & RESIDENCY
You must be a citizen of the United Kingdom or the Republic of Ireland, holder of dual UK / other nationality or have been a Commonwealth citizen since birth.
Whether or not you were born in the United Kingdom, you should have resided there for the 5 years immediately preceding your application.
However, candidates with a minimum of 3 years will be considered.
Following the MOD announcement that the UK Armed Forces will now be able to recruit commonwealth citizens without the 5 year residency requirement, please note that the RAF continues to apply standard residency requirements for security clearance, ie, DV employment requires 7-years UK residency immediately prior to enlistment; SC requires 3-years.
You must be physically fit to complete both initial and specialist training, and to do your role effectively. To check your fitness levels, we put every candidate through two or three separate fitness tests as part of the application process : Selection Fitness Test, Pre-joining Fitness Test or Pre-recruit Training Course.
How fit you need to be to pass these tests can vary depending on role, age and gender.
MALES - 100% pass rates : AGE 2.4 Km Run Multi-Stage Fitness Test Press-ups Sit-ups (Mins)(Score)(No.)(No.) 15-16 11.399.
032035 17-29 11.119.102035 30-34 11.369.041932 35-39 128.091829 40-44 12.268.031726 45-47 12.547.071623 FEMALES - 100% pass rates : AGE 2.
4 Km Run Multi-Stage Fitness Test Press-ups Sit-ups (Mins)(Score)(No.)(No.) 15-16 13.546.071032 17-29 13.237.021032 30-34 13.
476.08929 35-39 14.136.04826 40-44 14.485.08723 45-47 15.195.04620
You can see the protocols for Press Ups & Sit Ups here :
PJFT / PRTC Protocols
You can download an MP3 file of the Multi-Stage Fitness Test below, listen to the introduction file first :
RAF MSFT : Intro
RAF MSFT : Bleep Test
You can see a video demonstration of the PRTC Fitness Test here :
RAF Fitness Test
A 12-week fitness plan with detailed information to help you get ready for all of the fitness tests can be downloaded here.
BEFORE YOUR APPLICATION :
There are health requirements that must be met by all applicants :
Male and female minimum
Male and female maximum
Male maximum with additional assessment
Female maximum with additional assessment
Get in touch if you have any questions about the health criteria, or would like to find out if any additional health requirements apply to your role of interest.
DURING YOUR APPLICATION :
The Medical Risk Assessment that all candidates undergo is there to make sure that you are healthy enough for the intense training required by the RAF.
Your application will be rejected if you fail to meet the minimum acceptable medical standard for entry. Your medical history is confidential and is not disclosed to those not authorised to hold this information.
YOU MUST :
YOU CAN'T APPLY FOR THE RAF IF YOU :
Any permanent or temporary tattoos, whether ordinarily visible or not, must not be obscene or offensive (eg, racist, anti-religion or belief, crude, overtly sexist, homophobic, drug related or of an extreme political nature).
Tattoos may be worn on the side and back of the neck but tattoos on the back of the neck must not extend above the natural hairline (scalp tattoos are not permitted).
In addition, tattoos must not be visible below the sleeve cuff while wearing uniform, although a single finger (not thumb) tattoo that could be covered by a ring may be permitted
Beard Policy : A revised facial hair policy has been agreed by the Air Force Board which will allow serving personnel to wear a smart, neatly-trimmed, full-set beard whilst maintaining high standards of appearance.
The length of acceptable beards is between Grade 1 (2.5mm) and Grade 8 (25.5mm). The wearing of beards during Phase 1 and Phase 2 training is currently under consideration and details will be advised when available
If you don’t have any of the above, you might still be able to apply. For more information contact your local AFCO.