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How to Join the Royal Air Force
If you’re looking to learn and prepare successfully to join the Royal Air Force (RAF), you’ve come to the right place! Here at How2Become, we will supply you with comprehensive online training resources and videos that cover every element of the RAF selection process.
From how to pass the airman test, through to sample RAF interview questions and answers, this online resource has it all!
The Royal Air Force Selection Process
The selection process for joining the RAF will normally consist of the following elements:
Registration & Application
RAF AST Aptitude Test
Medical & Fitness Tests
Pre-Recruit Training Centre
Stage 1 – Online Registration and application form
The first stage of the RAF recruitment process is to register your interest and submit your application. However, before you get to this stage it is important to speak to an Armed Forces RAF Careers Advisor about the options that are available to you and also about life within the RAF. You can find details of your nearest Armed Forces RAF Careers Office by visiting the Royal Air Force website www.raf.mod.uk. Here, you will find plenty of information about life in the RAF and the careers that are available.
Once you have decided that a career in the RAF is for you then it is time to submit your application. Remember, there is no obligation to join until you sign your contract.
Stage 2 – The RAF Airman/Airwoman Selection Test (AST)
During the initial stages of the RAF selection process you will be required to sit what is called the Airman/Airwoman Selection Test or AST as it is otherwise called. It consists of a number of different aptitude tests, which are designed to assess which careers in the RAF you are most suited to. There are many different RAF career-based opportunities available and each one requires a different level of skill. The AST consists of seven timed multiple-choice aptitude tests which are as follows:
- A verbal reasoning test (15 minutes to answer 20 questions);
- Two numerical reasoning tests (one being 4 minutes to answer 12 questions, the second test 11 minutes to answer 15 questions);
- A work rate test (4 minutes to answer 20 questions);
- A spatial reasoning test (4 minutes to answer 10 questions);
- A mechanical comprehension test (10 minutes to answer 20 questions);
- An electrical comprehension test (11 minutes to answer 21 questions)
- A memory test (10 minutes to answer 20 questions).
Stage 3 – Armed Forces careers office interview
After you have passed the AST you will progress to Stage 3 to sit your interview at the Armed Forces Careers Office (AFCO).
The questions that will be asked during the interview will predominantly focus on the following key areas:
- The reasons for joining the RAF;
- Your motivations for joining and the level of preparation you have carried out;
- What you already know about the RAF, how it operates, it’s equipment, Squadrons, where it is serving right now and also it’s history;
- Why you have chosen your particular role.
Stage 4 – Medical and fitness assessments
The next stage in the selection process is a medical and fitness test.
The medical assessment will look at your overall health, but will pay particular attention to your hearing, eyesight and BMI. You will also be asked about any previous illnesses and you will be screened for any underlying health issues which may prevent you from carrying out your role.
The RAF fitness test consists of the three following elements:
- Push-up test
- Sit-up test
- Complete a 2.4km run
Stage 5 – Pre-REcruit training
The final stage of the selection process is to pass the Pre-Recruit Training. The idea of this is to familiarise recruits with what basic training will consist of.
This will take place over three days at RAF Halton and will consist of the following:
- You will need to undertake further fitness assessments to ensure you have maintained your fitness levels from your initial fitness assessment.
- You will need to sit a functional skills test to the relevant level of the post you are applying for. You will receive details of the required level during the selection process.
- Sit a Basic Key Skill Builder test in maths and English.
How to Join the Royal Air Force: Commonly Asked Questions
To be eligible to join the Royal Air Force you will need to pass a set-criteria for applicants. You must be between the ages 15 years and 9 months to apply as an Airman. The oldest you can apply is at 55 years old, but this would only be for certain specialist roles such as a Medical Officer. Other requirements include education, fitness/health and nationality.
If you pass the eligibility requirements you can apply via the RAF website or by visiting your local armed forces careers office. You will then need to pass an entrance test called the Airman Selection Test (AST). If you are successful with the tests, you will be then invited for an interview so the RAF recruitment officers can learn more about you and will discuss your career choices with you. After this you will need to pass a fitness and medical examination. The last stage in the selection process is the Pre-Recruit Training course where you will become familiar with life in the RAF and take further fitness tests psychometric tests relevant for the chosen role.
The qualifications required will depend on the role you are applying for. As a standard Airman role, you will need GCSEs for some roles and other roles you may not need any formal qualifications. If you are applying for a Pilot role this will demand that you have a number of both GCSE’s and A Levels or equivalent.
Yes, the RAF are still actively recruiting despite the COVID-19 pandemic. Although the selection process remains the same, some elements which were in person previous to March 2020 are likely to be carried out virtually. However, as and when the pandemic decreases this will likely change.
There is no set time for how long the application process will take from initial application to starting your training, but this could range from 3 to 9 months. During COVID-19 lockdowns this time could be increased.
If you fail the fitness test, you will get an opportunity to take this again. The recruitment team will be in touch with further advice on how you can improve your fitness so you pass the next time you take the test.
TOPICS INCLUDED WITHIN THIS ROYAL AIR FORCE CAREERS GUIDE:
HOW TO PASS THE RAF SELECTION PROCESS
- Essential insider tips on how to pass the Royal Air Force selection process with high grades.
- Information about the history of the RAF and why it is important to learn it.
- Each stage of the RAF selection process and the most effective way to pass it.
- Making the initial contact with the RAF Careers Office and how to create the right impression.
- How to prepare for the RAF Pre-Joining Fitness Test and exercises that are designed to improve your fitness levels.
- Selecting the right references and also how to create an effective CV.
HOW TO PASS THE RAF AST TEST INCLUDING SAMPLE TEST QUESTIONS
- Mechanical comprehension questions, with answers and explanations;
- Electrical comprehension questions, with answers and explanations;
- Numerical reasoning questions, with answers and explanations;
- Verbal reasoning questions, with answers and explanations;
- Work rate questions, with answers and explanations;
- Spatial reasoning questions, with answers and explanations;
- Memory test questions, with answers and explanations.
HOW TO PASS THE RAF INTERVIEW INCLUDING SAMPLE QUESTIONS AND ANSWERS
- Preparing to take the RAF interview.
- How to answer all of the interview questions.
- Sample interview questions that have been previously asked during the RAF interview.
- How you will be scored and assessed during the RAF interview.
- Tips on how to score high and pass the interview.
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We guarantee that our How To Join The Royal Air Force online resources will teach you how to navigate the different elements of the selection process. The package contains 260+ pages of RAF recruitment information, tests, and videos which will guide you through each of the different elements of selection, including the application form, the AST, the interview, and the fitness test.Start Preparing Now 👉
Sample RAF AFCO Interview Question
Q.Can you tell me whereabouts in the world the RAF are operating?
If you put plenty of work into your preparation then you will undoubtedly get to find out the whereabouts of the RAF around the world. Of course, this will change as the weeks and months progress but one of the most effective ways to find out where the RAF are operating right now is to visit the Ministry of Defence website at www.mod.uk. From here you will be able to access instant and up-to-date information relevant to the RAF’s current operations. Remember to regularly check the website for updates.Sample ResponseTake a look at the following answer to this question which is only relevant to the RAF’s operations at the time of writing.‘At the current time the RAF are deployed at many different locations around the world. Starting at home, the RAF is defending the United Kingdom with both the Tornado F3 and Typhoon F2. These are based at RAF Coningsby which is in Lincolnshire, and also at RAF Leuchars which is located in Fife. The aircraft are strategically placed at these locations so that they can be deployed at a moment’s notice.The RAF is also responsible for managing the Wideawake airfield which is located in the Ascension Islands. This airfield acts as a link for the Armed Forces to the Falklands Islands and also to St Helena. There is a small detachment from the 1 Air Mobility Wing Unit from RAF Lyneham based at the airfield and their job is to ensure the smooth running of each flight. The RAF is also extremely active in the South Atlantic, especially in the Falklands Islands. The RAF operates a number of patrols around this area which act as a deterrent to any potential threats. In addition to these patrols the RAF operates a Search and Rescue facility to the islands and is also involved in fishing patrols and air transport patrols by way of a Hercules aircraft. There is also a Tornado F3 squadron based on the island at Mount Pleasant airfield. This acts as security for the islands and the personnel who live there.The RAF is also based in Cyprus at Aktrotiri. From here the RAF supports operations in Afghanistan. The base itself is used as a forward mounting base for ops in the Middle East. Its secondary role is for Fast Jet Weapons Training. The RAF plays a huge part in United Nations operations and at present they have personnel based in South Korea, across the continent of Africa and also as part of the peace keeping operations in Lebanon. An example of the RAF’s more permanent commitments is the managing of the Gibraltar airport. From here the RAF will look after military and civilian movements in and out of the airport.’
Application Form, RAF Airman Tests & Initial Interview
During your preparation for joining the RAF we recommend you learn the RAF values and also the ethos statement. When the RAF recruitment officer at the Armed Forces Careers Office asks you, “What have you learnt about the RAF?”, you will be able to tell them that you have taken the time to learn these important values and also what they mean.
To help you get started, the values of the RAF include:
- Having self-respect and being respectful of others;
- Having integrity which means being responsible, honest and courageous;
- Having physical courage, loyalty, commitment and being able to work as part of a team during your service;
- Having personal excellence, being proud and self-disciplined.
The most effective way to memorise the values is to simply remember the word ‘RISE’:
R = Respect
S = Service
E = Excellence
In addition to this set of values the RAF also has what is called an ethos statement. This is basically a statement of how it intends to go about its business.
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