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Job Description

As an RAF Personnel Support Officer, you will work across a range of specialties: Infrastructure Management, HR, Development, Accounts Management and Media Operations, to name a few. Personnel Officers vary their roles and develop a broad set of transferable skills, making them widely employable in other, non-specialist areas.

Entry Requirements

Age: 17.5 - 47 years old (Must attest before 48th birthday)

You will need to have GCSE at Grade C/4-5 or equivalent in English Language & Maths and three other subjects. 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 or equivalent.

  • 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
  • Commit to minimum 12 years service
  • Meet the fitness and health criteria
  • Pass a Fitness test

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  • fitness requirements
  • health requirements
  • background checks
  • disqualifying factors 

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Training and Career

Initial Officer Training
You will begin your RAF career with Initial Officer Training (IOT) at the RAF College Cranwell in Lincolnshire. You will follow a challenging 24-week course designed to develop your leadership and management skills. The course includes fitness development, military training and academic study, as well as practical outdoor leadership challenges.

Specialist Training
After IOT, you will follow a specialist training course at the Defence School of Personnel Administration, Worthy Down, near Winchester. To ensure that the 8-week training course keeps up-to-date with what the Service requires it is constantly evolving but focuses primarily on the management of personnel and finance. The training is scenario-based, covering the military HR officer’s role on a RAF station and on operations, so you will be able to develop your skills in a simulated practical environment. When you have completed your specialist training you will receive your first assignment. 

Your Career Prospects

You will join the RAF on an Initial Commission of 12 years and may be selected to serve on a pension earning commission of 20 years’ service or age 40, whichever is the later, during this time. Promotion to the rank of Flight Lieutenant is on a time served/satisfactory service basis after 3½ years from completing IOT. Further promotion to Squadron Leader and above is by competitive selection.

Required Skills

  • confident 
  • friendly 
  • cool under presume
  • a good team player
  • reliable
  • organised 

Salary Range

£27,200 to £31,800

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