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LIFE IN THE RAF TOP FLIGHT LIFE IN THE RAF Join the RAF and you will get much more than just a job – you’ll have opportunities that no other employer could hope to match RAF Regulars are full-time personnel that can be posted in the UK and all over the world. Most Regulars work normal five-day weeks and have evenings and weekends to themselves. That said, they’re not nine-to-fivers; they do what’s needed to get the job done, which could mean going on an assignment at a moment’s notice, or transferring to a new location. HOW WE WORK The RAF has a strong work ethic, with our own hierarchy, code of discipline and working hours. We take on whatever task is put in front of us, and that could mean working around the clock as part of a NATO operation or humanitarian relief mission. Our main workplaces are RAF bases or ‘stations’. These are spread throughout the country as well as overseas. Many stations are frontline and built around airfields. Others are administrative or 8 training centres. Some are virtually self-contained, with everything from shops to bowling alleys on site. You could work, eat, sleep, play sport and enjoy all sorts of leisure activities without ever leaving your base – though we wouldn’t recommend it! Each role has its own path, with postings to different stations or working areas designed to offer you more experience and responsibility – with additional training provided if required. We will do our best to match your preferences with our operational requirements. The RAF offers highly competitive rates of pay and an excellent pension scheme. Staff at your local Armed Forces Careers Office will give you the latest information, including details of pay scales, bonuses and benefits. The normal allowance of annual leave is six weeks a year, plus public holidays. LIFE IN THE RESERVES RAF Reserves serve alongside Regulars. They get to balance their career and home life with the adventure of the RAF. Reserves commit a minimum of 27 days per year on a renewable 12-year basis. Each year includes a two- week (15 days) block for general RAF training and at least 12 weekend or holiday days for additional training, trade training or training exercises. Reserves can be mobilised on expeditionary operations at some time during each 12-year contract. They can be deployed to a UK, overseas or temporary base for up to six months, plus another six months for pre-deployment training and post-deployment relaxation with loved ones.