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Armed Forces - Air

The Royal Air Force operates numerous types of aircraft, uses cutting-edge technologies and employs highly professional women and men to defend the UK and its overseas territories. Its role also often involves promoting foreign policy objectives through humanitarian aid, disaster relief and international peace and security.

The Royal Air Force at a glance

Key facts:

  • The UK’s aerial, peacekeeping and fighting force
  • Identifies and manages threats before they materialise through Intelligence, Surveillance and Reconnaissance (ISR)
  • Rapidly deploys aircraft and personnel around the world to deter conflict and defeat adversaries
  • Ready to scramble state-of-the-art Eurofighter Typhoons in minutes to intercept threats
  • Protects the UK’s air and space capabilities against cyber-attack
  • Currently engaged in 15 missions, on 4 continents, in 22 countries

Discipline groups recruited...

  • Aerospace
  • Chemical/Process
  • Civil/Building
  • Computing/Technology
  • Electronic & Electrical
  • Materials & Minerals
  • Mechanical/Manufacturing
  • Sciences/Maths

Opportunities & Benefits:

The Royal Air Force gives you opportunities you won’t find in any other career. The experience you gain with us will equip you to work at the top of your field, both in the UK and overseas. You’ll be stretched every day and get the very best training to take on any challenge. As an Engineer in the RAF, you will become a skilled professional, a leader and a manager. In short, you will join the ranks of the best and brightest.

The RAF provides a highly competitive benefits package that includes everything from bonuses to a gym membership and discounts for you and your partner. You’ll also receive world-class training and ongoing development; six weeks of paid holiday each year, plus public holidays; free medical and dental care; and opportunities for sport and adventure training.