Leaving home can be a daunting experience and it’s normal for both recruits and parents to feel a little nervous. The RAF offers more than just a job; it offers a lifestyle and a career full of opportunity. This page is designed to give an insight into what RAF life is really like, what will be expected of you and what you can expect from us in return.
Camaraderie and teamwork are at the core of the RAF ethos, and during basic training you’ll live and work with other recruits in groups called ‘Flights’. Our programmes comply with rigorous safety standards and are run by highly qualified instructors. You’ll be living on base for the first part of training – it’s a great opportunity to get to know your fellow recruits and settle into the RAF lifestyle.
The RAF is committed to offering equal opportunities and a workplace free from bullying or harassment. Extensive welfare support is available, including trained staff, who are on hand to talk through any problems, and organisations such as SSAFA (the Soldiers, Sailors, Airmen and Families Association). There is also a resident Chaplain who can provide advice and guidance.
Pay and benefits
You’re joining a high-tech, modern organisation with excellent opportunities for promotion, training and travel. The RAF also offers a competitive pay and benefits package, including six weeks’ paid holiday, subsidised food and accommodation, free medical and dental care, and free on-site sports facilities. You’ll even be paid while you train.
Everyone in the RAF has a responsibility to comply with military discipline and be physically fit to meet the challenges of duty. Recruits are usually signed up for a minimum term of service, which can be between six and 12 years. In return, you can be assured of job security and good promotion prospects.