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THE APPLICATION PROCESS TO JOIN THE RAF JOINING AS AN AIRMAN OR AIRWOMAN Applying to join the RAF can take a few months and there is no commitment until the very end of the process. For airmen/airwomen, the RAF works on the basis of indicative qualifications. This means that candidates who do not meet the minimum qualifications may be considered on merit. All candidates are required to pass a selection test (AST). Speak to your Armed Forces Careers Office for more information. STEP 1 FIND OUT MORE If you have not already done so, search RAF recruitment or call 0345 605 5555 to find out more about work and life in the RAF. STEP 2 VISIT AN ARMED FORCES CAREERS OFFICE (AFCO) You can also find out more by visiting an AFCO (which can be found in many cities and large towns) and speaking to the serving RAF personnel who work there. To find your local centre search RAF recruitment centres. STEP 3 APPLICATION FORM The first part of the application process is to fill in an application form to join the RAF. This form asks for your personal details and information about any qualifications and work experience you may have. STEP 4 APTITUDE TESTS You’ll do multiple-choice tests to assess your suitability for the roles on offer including verbal and numerical reasoning as well as electrical and mechanical comprehension. To prepare you for the test, view Joining the RAF – Your Next Steps, available on the RAF Recruitment App, that will explain fully what to expect. INTERVIEW This is a formal interview with an RAF Sergeant or Corporal. It takes between 30 and 45 minutes and there are no trick questions. It’s a chance to get to know one another, to make sure you’ll fit in with the RAF way of life. STEP 5 SPECIALIST ASSESSMENTS For Communications Infrastructure Technicians there are further specialist tests and interviews you will have to pass, to check you have the right skills and aptitude. STEP 6 FORMAL OFFER OF SERVICE If you’ve been successful, we’ll carry out a final documents check and offer of service. Then, when a place becomes available, you’ll start recruit training at RAF Halton in Buckinghamshire. You can find out more about recruit training on page 7. 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. 45