Armed Forces Sector Guide
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  • The British Armed Forces are made up of three service branches: the Royal Air Force, the Royal Navy and the British Army.
  • These military services defend the United Kingdom – as well as its overseas territories and the Crown dependencies – using sophisticated technology to protect the nation’s safety and economy.
  • The Armed Forces also protect the UK’s interests around the world by supporting international peacekeeping and reconstruction initiatives, and providing humanitarian aid.
  • A career in the UK’s Armed Forces provides opportunities for managerial responsibility, professional and personal development, sport and travel which match or exceed any in civilian life.
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Armed Forces – Air
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  • The Royal Air Force (RAF) is responsible for protecting the UK’s air and space capabilities from threats such as unauthorised aircraft, missiles and cyber attacks.
  • The RAF uses a combination of state-of-the-art static radar, mobile units, aircraft and satellites to gather minute-to-minute information on air activity.
  • Its Eurofighter Typhoons are ready to scramble to intercept threats at a moment’s notice, night or day, 365 days a year, 24 hours a day.
  • The RAF also supports peace-keeping initiatives and provides humanitarian aid in an emergency, whether in the UK or overseas.

Royal Air Force Hub on Gradcracker

If you’d like to know what life in the RAF is really like, you should watch the Gradcracker/RAF webinar on their hub. You’ll hear a range of very different – and remarkable – stories from people who have chosen to pursue a career with the RAF, and learn lots of useful tips if you’re thinking about applying.

A fulfilling career

Initial officer training is the first step to a rewarding and fulfilling career. Find out more about what becoming an Officer involves – from the 24-week training course, to displaying those all-important leadership attributes, to qualification and beyond.

No ordinary job

To discover why life in the RAF is ‘no ordinary job’, visit their extensive video library. Here, you can find out what activities Officers can get involved in to develop their skills, and hear what they have to say on maintaining a work-life balance.

For experiences you won’t find in any other career, join the Royal Air Force.

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Armed Forces – Sea
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  • The Royal Navy protects our nation’s interests around the globe, preventing conflict, responding to threat and providing humanitarian aid.
  • Technology is at the heart of everything it does.
  • Its Sailors, Aviators, and Royal Marine Commandos are provided with some of the most advanced defence and combat systems in the world.
  • It needs individuals with excellent technical skills and the ability to solve complex problems.
  • Its opportunities introduce students and graduates to the Royal Navy’s unique way of life, as they form skills and experiences that will last a lifetime.

Royal Navy Hub on Gradcracker

If you’re thinking about joining the Royal Navy, you’ll want to head to their Gradcracker hub. Here, you can find out more about the technology you could be working on – which includes everything from nuclear-powered submarines to next generation jet-fighters.

Lead teams of technicians

We’ve spoken to the Royal Navy on several occasions about their opportunities for STEM students and graduates. Watch/listen to our discussions with its engineer officers and interns on the ‘GC Insight’ page.

The only limit is your ambition

Life in the Royal Navy is exciting and fast-paced, so there’s always plenty to discover on their ‘Blogs’ and ‘Videos’ pages. Watch their ’60-Second Update’ videos to find out what they’re getting up to – this knowledge may come in handy during the application process.

Are you ready to train, travel and make friends for life? For not just a job, but a way of life, join the royal navy.

Visit the Royal Navy Hub
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