Airmen and airwomen work in a wide range of jobs within the Royal Air Force.
Airmen and women provide specialist skills in more than 40 different trades ranging from aircraft servicing through to office work, medical support and security. The duties carried out vary according to the specialist skill or trade. They also have military duties like guarding the stations and taking part in military exercises and training.
Contact local Armed Forces Careers Offices (AFCO) for more details. The RAF careers website has a full list of the trades available (see Further Information).
The trades are usually hands-on, practical support roles.
Airman/women could be posted to RAF bases in the UK or overseas. They could also go on detachments and exercises anywhere in the world.
Although they work normal office hours over a five-day week, airmen/women are on call at all times. If on exercises or involved in operations, hours could be long and irregular. When on detachment, they might be away from their families for several months.
To be an airman or airwoman you should:
There are more than 40,000 non-commissioned personnel in the RAF. The number of vacancies varies depending on the particular trade.
You are promoted to leading aircraftman/aircraftwoman when you complete your basic training, and to senior aircraftmen/aircraftwomen, normally after one year’s service.Promotion above the rank of senior aircraftman/aircraftwoman is by competitive selection based on merit.
Airmen/airwomen who satisfy the various conditions of eligibility can apply at any time to become commissioned officers (see Royal Air Force Officer profile).
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