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RAF Pilot


Job Description

The roles of our pilots are as varied as the aircraft. You will be streamed to fast-jet, multi-engine or rotary-wing (helicopter) aircraft according to operational requirements and your flying ability. You will then usually specialize in that aircraft type throughout your career. As the pilot of a multi-role Fast Jet aircraft, your primary role would be air-to-air combat and ground attack. In Air Mobility (transport aircraft) you would be sent anywhere in the world on military support, humanitarian aid or air-to-air refuelling missions. In Rotary Wing your duties would include delivering troops and vital equipment within combat zones. In aircraft supporting Intelligence, Surveillance Target Acquisition and Reconnaissance tasks, you would contribute to the UK understanding of activities taking place in our increasingly complex, congested and contested world.

Entry Requirements

  • Be aged 17.5 – 26 years old
  • Have GCSEs at Grade C/4
  • 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
  • Be a citizen of the United Kingdom or holder of dual UK/ other nationality
  • Commit to minimum 12 years service
  • Meet the health and fitness criteria
  • Pass a General Fitness Test

For more information on:

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

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Your future career prospects/progression 

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. Further promotion to Squadron Leader and above is by competitive selection.

National Government Policy states that all students should have achieved at least a Grade 4 or C Grade in English & Maths at GCSE.  Achieving this minimum grade in these subjects will increase the opportunities open to you, support your future career development and prospects.

Students who do not meet this standard will be supported to continue to study English and Maths through full-time education or an Apprenticeship.

Required Skills

  • confident 
  • reliable 
  • cool under pressure 
  • organised
  • enjoy travelling 
  • good coordination 

Starting Salary

£14,931 to £30,616

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