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 C Grade 4 Grade 5 English Language C Grade 4 Grade 5 Science or Technology C Grade 4 Grade 5
find a list of the approved subjects
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.
Applications from personnel who do not meet the required 3 year UK residency requirement are now closed until further notice, please continue to check the website for further updates.
If you have previous service and are applying to rejoin the Royal Air Force, or meet the UK residency requirements for service, please call 0345 605 5555 and ask to speak to a RAF Recruitment Specialist.
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 at least two separate fitness tests as part of the application process.
The first of these is the Pre-Joining Fitness Test (PJFT) which takes place at a fitness centre local to you. This consists of the following :
The second fitness test will take place at RAF Halton as part of your three-day Pre-Recruit Familiarization Visit (PRFV).
This consists of the following :
How fit you need to be to pass these tests can vary depending on role, age and gender. The requirements are listed on the charts below (Male and Female).
MALES - 100% pass rates : AGE 2.4 Km Run Multi-Stage Fitness Test Press-ups Sit-ups (Mins) (Score) (No.) (No.) 15-16 11.
39 9.03 20 35 17-29 11.11 9.10 20 35 30-34 11.36 9.04 19 32 35-39 12 8.09 18 29 40-44 12.26 8.03 17 26 45-47 12.54 7.07 16 23 FEMALES - 100% pass rates : AGE 2.
4 Km Run Multi-Stage Fitness Test Press-ups Sit-ups (Mins) (Score) (No.) (No.) 15-16 13.54 6.07 10 32 17-29 13.23 7.02 10 32 30-34 13.
47 6.08 9 29 35-39 14.13 6.04 8 26 40-44 14.48 5.08 7 23 45-47 15.19 5.04 6 20
You can see the protocols for Press Ups & Sit Ups here :
You can download an MP3 file of the Multi-Stage Fitness Test below, listen to the introduction file first :
RAF MSFT : RAF MSFT :
RAF MSFT :
You can see a video demonstration of the PRFV Fitness Test 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