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WHY JOIN? HIGH LIFE WHY JOIN? The work that RAF Engineers do is vital; it demands the highest standards and brings the greatest rewards – get paid to train, travel the world and find friends for life The world is changing. New kinds of crisis are transforming the role of the Royal Air Force. From controlling the airspace over a combat zone to delivering aid to those in need, we have to be able to respond at a moment’s notice, wherever and whenever we’re needed, to take on any challenge. It is in this exciting world that RAF Engineers live and work. In the RAF you’ll find people from every background and with different outlooks and interests. There are people who want to excel in their careers, to those that enjoy sport at every level, from beginner to Olympic standard. 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. As an organisation always on the move, the RAF can take you with it. Whether stationed on a permanent base somewhere like Cyprus or on short-term detachments to locations around the globe, you will see fascinating parts of the world and enjoy experiences that will be the envy of your friends. OUR ROLE Today’s modern RAF is the UK’s aerial, peacekeeping and fighting force. It’s made up of full-time Regulars and spare-time Reserves, all from diverse backgrounds, who work side by side to make a difference at home and abroad. The RAF enforces international law overseas while bringing aid and protection to the victims of disaster and war. At home the RAF is the not just the defender of UK airspace, it also provides search-and-rescue for both military personnel and civilians in times of emergency. We have a long and distinguished heritage, of which we are rightly proud, but our focus is on the future rather than the past – the technology we use is some of the most advanced in the world. Our reputation in combat and peacekeeping operations is second to none – whether providing air support for British troops in action or flying missions alongside our many international allies. The work we do is vital; it demands high standards and brings great rewards. THE RAF TODAY: MAKING A DIFFERENCE Whether in the skies above Britain, or in airspaces around the world, it is the Royal Air Force’s job to protect the UK against any threat. We also act as a force for good around the globe – by working to strengthen international peace and security. Of the RAF’s 30,000 people, 40% are engineers that cover 11 specific engineering roles. If you’re contemplating joining the RAF in one of our engineering roles, this guide will show you what’s involved and what to expect. You’ll learn about the training, the sporting opportunities and benefits on offer, the qualifications that can be gained, and the network in place to ensure you are supported throughout. You’ll also see the journey from the first day of basic training to the hard-won heights of graduation and beyond to the challenging and inspiring roles you can play in the RAF as Engineer Officers and Technicians. RAF operations, in the air and on the ground, rely on up-to- date technology. From some of the fastest aircraft in the world to cutting-edge communications electronics, this technology is the responsibility of our teams of Engineer Officers and Technicians – read on to learn more about their part in one of the world’s most advanced military forces and to see if there’s a role for you. FOR MORE DETAILS SEARCH: RAF RECRUITMENT OR CALL 0345 605 5555 3