How to Join the Royal Air Force as a Commonwealth Citizen

Join the Royal Air Force as a Commonwealth Citizen

Do you want to join the Royal Air Force as a Commonwealth citizen? Check out this guide to joining the RAF is you’re from a Commonwealth country.

As of November 2018, the British Armed Forces have increased the number of Commonwealth citizens that they will accept. This number will increase to 1,350 Commonwealth recruits per year. So, 1,000 of these positions will be for the Army, with 300 for the Royal Navy, and 50 for the RAF.

While the positions are still limited, you can join the RAF as a commonwealth citizen. So, let’s take a look at the requirements for joining the British Armed Forces, and the RAF, as a Commonwealth citizen.

Join the Royal Air Force as a Commonwealth Citizen

Eligibility to Join the Royal Air Force as a Commonwealth Citizen

Joining the RAF as a Commonwealth citizen is more viable now with the increased Commonwealth recruiting numbers. However, there are still eligibility criteria you must meet before you can join:

  • Nationality – To join the RAF, you must be either a British citizen, British national, British/Dual national, Commonwealth citizen, or Irish Republic national;
  • Age Requirements – You must be aged 16-47 in order to join the RAF.

List of Commonwealth Countries

If you are a citizen of any of the following countries, then you are eligible to join the RAF as a Commonwealth citizen: Antigua and Barbuda, Australia, The Bahamas, Bangladesh, Barbados, Belize, Brunei Darussalem, Cameroon, Canada, Cyprus, Dominica, Fiji, Ghana, Grenada, Guyana, India, Jamaica, Kenya, Kiribati, Lesotho, Malawi, Malaysia, Maldives, Malta, Mauritius, Mozambique, Namibia, Nauru, New Zealand, Nigeria, Pakistan Papua New Guinea, Rwanda, Saint Lucia, Samoa, Seychelles, Sierra Leone, Singapore, Solomon Islands, South Africa, Sri Lanka, St Kitts and Nevis, St Vincent and the Grenadines, Swaziland, Tonga, Trinidad and Tobago, Tuvalu, Uganda, United Republic of Tanzania, Vanuatu, Zambia, and Zimbabwe.

Conclusion – Join the Royal Air Force as a Commonwealth Citizen

As you can see, joining the RAF as a Commonwealth citizen is more possible than ever! If you’d like to learn more, check out our guide: How to Join the Royal Air force.

Join the Royal Air Force as a Commonwealth Citizen

4 thoughts on “How to Join the Royal Air Force as a Commonwealth Citizen

    • Jacob Senior says:

      Hi Benson,

      Applicants to the RAF must be aged between 16 and 47 years old. So yes, you can apply to join the RAF as a Commonwealth citizen at age 34.

      Kind regards,
      The How2Become Team.

  1. Bjay Zimmerli says:

    Hi im Bjay Zimmerli and im 17 going 18 this year november,and im from Barbados (Commonwealth) and i would like to join the RAF UK as an Photographer

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