Personnel Support Officer
Royal Air Force
London, GB
2d ago

APPLICANTS 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.

Be aged between 18 and 54 years old.

EDUCATION REQUIREMENTS

Have these minimum grades :

GCSE GCSE 2017 SNE Mathematics CGrade 4Grade 5 English Language CGrade 4Grade 5 Three other subjects CGrade 4Grade 5

You must also have :

At least 2 A2 Levels / 3 Highers at Grade C or above (excluding General Studies or Critical Thinking) which must total a minimum of 64 UCAS points

Alternatively, if you hold a UK degree at Grade 2 : 2 or higher (or acceptable alternative) you only need Mathematics and English Language GCSEs at a minimum of Grade C / 4-5 or Mathematics and English Language SCE Standard Grades of 2 or SNE Grade 5 (Grades A-C).

You can see what the RAF accepts in lieu of GCSEs & A Levels here

NATIONALITY & RESIDENCY

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.

Further details about Commonwealth applications can be found here.

FITNESS REQUIREMENTS

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.

HEALTH REQUIREMENTS

BEFORE YOUR APPLICATION :

There are health requirements that must be met by all applicants :

  • Body Mass Index requirements :
  • Age Male and female minimum Male and female maximum Male maximum with additional assessment Female maximum with additional assessment 18 + 18283230 16 to < 18 17272727

  • Calculate your BMI now, click here.
  • Eyesight requirements vary for different roles. A requirement to wear glasses or contact lenses may be allowed for aircrew.
  • 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 :

  • Declare any previous spent and unspent convictions
  • Check if you qualify under the Rehabilitation of Offenders Act 1974 through this summary
  • Have a basic background check to get Security Check level clearance
  • DISQUALIFYING FACTORS

    YOU CAN'T APPLY FOR THE RAF IF YOU :

  • Have been or are a member of a group that stirs up racial hatred and violence
  • Are waiting to appear in court, or have unspent convictions. You may also have to declare spent convictions for certain roles
  • Misuse drugs, solvents and anabolic steroids. But each case is considered upon its own merits
  • Have tattoos, brands or bead implants that are obscene or offensive.
  • 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

  • Have body piercing which causes holes that do not close up
  • Declare yourself to be an 'undischarged' bankrupt
  • 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.

    EDUCATION REQUIREMENTS

    You must have 2 A-levels or 3 Highers or equivalent, plus 5 GCSE / SCEs at Grade C / 2 minimum or equivalent, including English language and maths.

    NATIONALITY & RESIDENCY

    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 may be considered.

    FITNESS REQUIREMENTS

    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 a Pre-joining Fitness Test.

    How fit you need to be to pass this test can vary depending on role, age and gender.

    MALESAge Limits2.4 Km Run (Minutes)Multi-Stage Fitness Test (Level)Press-ups (Number)Sit-ups (Number)15-1611.399.03203517-2911.

    119.10203530-3411.369.04193235-3912.008.09182940-4412.268.03172645-4912.547.07162350-5413.277.011520FEMALESAge Limits2.4 Km Run(Minutes)Multi-Stage Fitness Test (Level)Press-ups (Number)Sit-ups (Number)15-1613.

    546.07103217-2913.237.02103230-3413.476.0892935-3914.136.0482640-4414.485.0872345-4915.195.0462050-5415.534.09517

    HEALTH REQUIREMENTS

    BEFORE YOUR APPLICATION :

    There are health requirements that must be met by all applicants :

  • Body Mass Index requirements :
  • Age Male and female minimum Male and female maximum Male maximum with additional assessment Female maximum with additional assessment 18 + 18283230 16 to < 18 17272727

  • Calculate your BMI now, click here.
  • Eyesight requirements vary for different roles. A requirement to wear glasses or contact lenses may be allowed for aircrew.
  • 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 :

  • Declare any previous spent and unspent convictions
  • Check if you qualify under the Rehabilitation of Offenders Act 1974 through this summary
  • Have a basic background check to get Security Check level clearance
  • DISQUALIFYING FACTORS

    YOU CAN'T APPLY FOR THE RAF IF YOU :

  • Have been or are member of a group that stirs up racial hatred and violence
  • Are waiting to appear in court, or have unspent convictions. You may also have to declare spent convictions for certain roles
  • Misuse drugs, solvents and anabolic steroids. But each case is considered upon its own merits
  • Have tattoos, brands or bead implants that are obscene or offensive.
  • 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

  • Have body piercing which causes holes that do not close up
  • Declare yourself to be an 'undischarged' bankrupt
  • 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.

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