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THE APPLICATION PROCESS NEXT STEPS: HOW You don’t need to be set on a role to start your RAF application – it’s a straightforward process and we’re on hand to answer your questions at every stage of the journey JOINING AS AN OFFICER Applying to join as an Engineer Officer can take several months. This may seem like a long time but it is essential – for you and for us – that we ensure that this really is the job for you. There is no commitment until the very end of the process – after you’ve passed all the tests and interviews and have accepted a formal offer of service. STEP 1 CONTACT US If you have not already done so, please search RAF recruitment or call 0345 605 5555 to find out more. Alternatively, speak to a Careers Liaison Officer through the careers department of your school or college. STEP 2 VISIT AN ARMED FORCES CAREERS OFFICE (AFCO) There are AFCOs in many cities and large towns. To find your local centre search RAF recruitment centres. 44 STEP 3 ELIGIBILITY ASSESSMENT AND INTERVIEW You’ll fill in a questionnaire to see if you are eligible for the RAF, have an interview and then watch a presentation that explains more about life as an Engineer Officer. This is to see if we think you have what it takes – and a chance for you to ask any questions you may have. OCCUPATIONAL HEALTH ASSESSMENT This is to check if you have the right level of medical and physical fitness to join the RAF. The standard is high, so the examination is very thorough and it is common for people to have more than one assessment. STEP 4 OFFICERS AND AIRCREW SELECTION CENTRE (OASC) Selection for Engineer Officers is based around a one day assessment programme at OASC, at the RAF College Cranwell in Lincolnshire. We’re looking for communication skills, self-motivation, maturity, effective intelligence and leadership potential. STEP 5 FORMAL OFFER OF SERVICE On successful completion of all OASC serials, you will be contacted to inform you of the next steps. If you have met the standard required by the boarding officers. Once you accept the offer of service and a place becomes available, you’ll start your training. STEP 6 TRAINING All officers begin their careers with Initial Officer Training at the RAF College Cranwell. You can find out more about your training on page 7.