HOW TO JOIN THE RAF RESERVES
A Comprehensive guide to joining the Royal Air Force through the RAF Reserves. Learn how to pass the RAF selection process from the online application form to the interview and assessments. This comprehensive RAF recruitment guide will allow you to join the RAF Reserves in 2021!
Do you think you could succeed in one of the most difficult careers around? Have you ever dreamed about joining Britain’s elite air based force? A career in the RAF could be perfect for you. As an RAF Reserve you will have the opportunity to live your normal life, whilst devoting your spare-time towards the development of key skills and training needed for the RAF. They perform exactly the same activities as full-time employees, with the difference being that they work from local territory on a part-time basis. While you will still take on periods of overseas training, you will only be required to work on a full-time basis for the RAF should they summon you. For example, in the event of a war. While this may seem unlikely, you should only be applying to the RAF Reserves if you are someone who IS prepared to fight for the country, should the RAF require you to do so.
WHAT DOES IT TAKE TO JOIN THE RAF RESERVES?
Working for the RAF requires technical expertise that exceeds that of other roles within the Armed Forces. The application process, therefore, is considerably harder in terms of the technical knowledge that is required. Many of the roles and careers within the RAF will require you to possess GCSEs in Maths, English and a Science- based subject. However, there are also a number of career options open to those who have no qualifications at all. Whichever path you choose, you will need to pass aptitude tests, interviews and various health and fitness assessments.
In order to progress through each stage of the RAF selection process, you must prepare fully and put in 100% effort. The most common reason for failing the Royal Air Force selection process is lack of preparation. Remember that the smallest things can make the biggest difference.
Try to imagine yourself as an RAF careers officer. What would you be looking for in potential applicants? What would stand out? Having the ability to listen to what you are being told is very important. If you are asked to attend an interview or test at a specific time or place, then make sure you turn up on time.
Careers in the RAF require people who are extremely punctual. Therefore, creating the right impression is crucial!
RAF CORE COMPETENCIES
Now let’s look at the most important part of the selection process, and the area which will single-handedly have the biggest impact on your chances of success. The core competencies refer to the key behavioural expectations of an employee of the RAF. Core competencies are becoming increasingly popular not just in the RAF, but in the majority of selection processes. From the Police to the Royal Navy, almost every employer now has a list of set behavioural expectations, which employees will be required to demonstrate during the application process.
So, what are the core competencies of the RAF?
Respect for others is extremely important in the RAF. Not only do you need to have respect for the country that you are serving, but you need to have respect for your commanding officers, subordinates and fellow RAF personnel.
It’s important to have a sense of pride for your role. Remember that it is your duty as an RAF serviceman/woman to put other people first. Having respect for others also means having a good understanding of diversity, and a zero tolerance policy towards discrimination. Whilst working for the RAF, or anywhere for that matter, you will meet many different people from many different backgrounds. You need to be able to work with these people, respect their differences and build strong professional relationships.
Having self-respect is important. Individuals with self-respect have a great sense of dignity and integrity. In order to perform your role successfully, you need to be able to value your own professional input and attitude towards the work, and your personal life. Having self-respect means maintaining and adhering to a code of behaviour which won’t bring disrepute to your reputation, or to the RAF.
Integrity is fundamental for RAF personnel. It refers to having the ability to behave in an ethical and respectful manner, and having the courage to do the right thing in all circumstances. As an RAF serviceman, whether you are a Reserve or full-time, your colleagues need to be able to establish a level of trust and confidence in you. You must have the conviction to take what you believe is the right course of action, regardless of the consequences. By demonstrating that you are someone who will never compromise their moral integrity, you will earn the respect of the other members of your unit, and build long lasting professional relationships.
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