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How to get a grad job with RAF
19th October 2018 @ 3:00 pm - 4:00 pm
You could work in one of 20 specialist areas, like:
- air operations — as a pilot and weapons systems officer, where you’ll take part in flying sorties, reconnaissance, and search and rescue duties
- operations support — as an air traffic and aerospace battle manager or flight operations officer, where you’ll provide target information, coordinate refueling, digitally map terrain and plan missions
- engineering and logistics — as an aircraft and communications engineer, where you’ll commission new aircraft, service fleets and manage resources and supplies
- support services — as a catering, security or training officer, where you’ll provide day-to-day services for staff at RAF bases and in the field during operations
- professions — as a medical, dental or nursing officer, where you’ll manage specialist teams working in support of the service
The areas of responsibility are split into squadrons, and you’ll manage a squadron with other officers who have also earned their rank or 'commission'.
Experienced: £31,000 to £34,000 (Flying Officer)
Highly Experienced: £47,000 (Flight Lieutenant) to £105,250 (Air Commodore)
If your job involves flying, you're entitled to flying pay as well as a basic salary.
All RAF staff receive private health and dental care as part of their salary package.
You could move from Pilot Officer to Flying Officer, then Flight Lieutenant. You'll need to compete for promotion beyond the role of Flight Lieutenant. If you’re a graduate, you may be able to get a faster promotion through the ranks.
You could move into a wide range of careers once you leave the RAF. Your career choices will depend on your skills, training and qualifications.
RAF websites: https://www.raf.mod.uk/recruitment/