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RAF Training Bases

While your initial RAF training will take place at RAF Halton and your technical training will probably take place at RAF Cosford, the RAF is committed to a world class on-going training programme to ensure that all service staff are ready for action. This article...

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Royal Navy Training Bases

This article provides a list of Royal Navy Training Bases, where you will conduct your Royal Navy training: HMS Collingwood (Fareham, Hampshire) HMS Collingwood is the Royal Navy's largest training establishment. It is the headquarters of the Maritime Warfare School...

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RAF Fitness and Sports

Fitness in the RAF is very important as the RAF is always on the move, whether operating in combat zones or on peaceful missions, you must be ready for anything, so you will need to be physically fit. This article discusses RAF fitness training and the sports...

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Royal Navy Fitness and Sports

There is a high demand of fitness in all branches of the military service in the UK. This article looks at Royal Navy Fitness Training and sports that you can enjoy in the navy. Pre-Joining Fitness Test The Navy has designed fitness programmes for people of all...

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Armed Forces Enlistment

This article covers the terms and conditions of armed forces enlistment as a common tri-service process. Arms Forces Recruitment Armed Forces Enlistment is the process through which a enables a member of the public to progress from an initial enquiry to enlistment as...

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Armed Forces Careers Office (AFCO)

You can start your application to each of the three-armed forces in the UK by visiting an Armed Forces Careers Office which are located all over the country. These are links to the AFCO website for each of the armed forces in the UK: Royal Navy Army Royal Air Force...

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Royal Air Force Training Covid-19

Royal Air Force training remains open for recruitment and is accepting applications for Regulars, Reserves, and Re-joiners as for the RAF pausing recruitment was not an option. In the light of Covid-19, the Royal Air Force, decided that all face-to-face visits to...

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Royal Navy Training During Covid-19

The Royal Navy has been asking recruits to self-isolate for 14 days before arriving at RHS Raleigh in Cornwall to keep training continuing Royal Navy Training During Covid-19, as the flow of new sailors is vital for operations while waiting for the emergency that the...

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HM Naval Base Devonport

Devonport in Plymouth is the largest naval base in Western Europe and has been assisting the Royal Navy since 1691. The site covers more than 650 acres, has 15 dry docks, four miles of waterfront, 25 tidal berths and five basins. The functions of HM Naval Base...

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The Royal Navy Fleets

This article is a summary of the fleets within the Royal Navy and the Royal Navy Fleet Training required. The Surface Fleet consists of Aircraft carriers, assault ships, destroyers, and frigates. These ships are used for roles varying from combat missions to...

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Royal Navy Training at HMS Collingwood

HMS Collingwood is the Royal Navy's largest training establishment. It is the headquarters of the Maritime Warfare School and Surface Stream. Royal Navy Training at HMS Collingwood includes Warfare, Weapon Engineering, Diving, Physical Training, Chemical Biological...

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Royal Navy Initial Training Period and Minimum Service

Royal Navy Initial Training Period and Further Training Royal Navy Training falls into two areas: Initial training, that undertaken by officers, ratings, and other ranks prior to joining the active service Further training, who those who are already in active service....

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Additional Royal Navy Initial Training at Dartmouth

The COVID-19 Coronavirus outbreak has led to increased demand and Royal Navy Initial Training at Dartmouth  is taking place for the first time ever. History of Royal Navy Training The Royal Navy was formally founded in 1546 by Henry VIII, although England had...

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Life in the Royal Navy

Royal navy after initial training and the challenge of the professional training. Your First Year Your first year in the Royal Navy will change your life. You’ll experience an approach to work and a way of life that’s completely different to what you know. It’s hard...

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Roles in the Royal Navy

To join the Royal Navy, you will need to meet certain criteria, like nationality, age, education and health. Some criteria apply to everyone joining the Royal Navy others only apply to specific roles. Before joining up you will need to complete basic training at RMS...

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What to Expect at Pre-Royal Navy Course (PRNC) Training

Before you start Royal Navy Basic Training all recruits must attend the Pre-Royal Navy Course Day 1 at Pre-Royal Navy Course PRNC takes place in one of the two Royal Navy Acquaint Centre's; either at HMS Collingwood in Hampshire or MOD Caldeonia in Rosyth. Firstly,...

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Royal Navy Joining Requirements

To join the Royal Navy, you will need to meet different criteria for: Age Nationality and Residency Education Drug and Substance Misuse Financial Requirements Criminal Convictions Tattoos Fitness and Health Some criteria apply to everyone joining the Royal Navy,...

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Fitness in the Royal Navy

There are three stages of Royal Navy Basic Fitness Training that you need to come through to start working in the Royal Navy in your selected profession: Pre-joining Fitness Test (PJFT) Pre Royal Navy Course (PRNC) Basic Training Each stage has its own assessments,...

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Supply Drop

Supply Drop Military Training Kit was set up in 2018 by a serving Royal Air Force Engineer. We had experienced first-hand what it was like to purchase the extensive amount of items required for military basic training, and the consequences when exactly the right brand...

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Royal Navy Initial Rating Training

Royal Navy Initial Rating Training new Royal Navy recruits, HMS Raleigh, is situated on the banks of the River Tamar in Cornwall, despite its nautical name, HMS Raleigh is a 239 acre landlocked site. There are 450 or so new recruits who are stationed here at any one...

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History of HMS Raleigh

Six ships and one shore establishment of the Royal Navy have borne the name HMS Raleigh, named after Sir Walter Raleigh. Sir Walter Raleigh was an English explorer, soldier and writer. At age 17, he fought with the French Huguenots and later studied at Oxford. He...

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Royal Navy Recruitment Process

Royal Navy applicants must successfully complete each stage of the Royal Navy Recruitment process to join the Royal Navy. The Royal Navy selection process is very competitive, and the successful completion of these stages does not guarantee an offer of employment. The...

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Royal Navy Basic Training

Your Royal Navy training is made up of two phases: Royal Navy Basic Training and Royal Navy Professional Training. Royal Navy Basic Training takes place at HMS Raleigh and lasts for 10 weeks. The Royal Navy Basic Training consists of both physical and mental tests,...

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RAF Training from World War II Onwards

World War II and The Battle Of Britain RAF pilot training - At the outbreak of war on September 3, 1939, the first-line strength of the RAF in the United Kingdom was about 2,000 aircraft. These were grouped into the following commands: Fighter Command, concerned with...

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History of RAF Training – Upto World War II

The origins in the history of RAF  training can be traced back to 1878, when experiments with balloons were performed at Woolwich Arsenal in London. In 1911, an air battalion of the Royal Engineers was formed at Farnborough, Hampshire. Also, in 1911, the first RAF...

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Life as a RAF Regular

RAF Regulars are full-time personnel that can be posted in the UK and all over the world. Life as a RAF Regular is - 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...

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Roles in the RAF

RAF Training Kit for Initial Training - Joining the RAF entitles you to a highly competitive benefits package, including: A competitive pay and pension Training and life-long learning Six weeks’ paid leave Free medical and dental care Subsidised food and accommodation...

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What Comes After RAF Initial Training

If you manage to pass the arduous Initial Training at RAF Halton – (roughly one third of new recruits fail at the first attempt - so be prepared)  – then you will move onto more specialist training. The 10-week Initial Training at RAF Halton is designed adjust you to...

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Failure to Complete RAF Initial Training

At every RAF Initial Training course, there are a certain percentage of recruits who do not achieve the desired results and fail to graduate. Many of those who fail will end up re-taking RAF phase 1 training. Basic training is hard with 10 weeks of rigorous mental and...

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RAF Ranks

The Royal Air Force introduced officer RAF ranks in 1919. Prior to this, Army ranks were used. Interestingly, many ranks within the Royal Air Force do not correspond with the actual duties of an officer. For example, a pilot officer may not be trained to pilot an...

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Pre-Recruit RAF Fitness Programme

The Royal Air Force has set up a RAF fitness programme so that you are ready for the two fitness tests in your RAF Application process, and for the start of your Phase One training course. The 12-week fitness programme, will will help you get up to a minimum level of...

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RAF Application Process

The Royal Air Force (RAF) need talented and committed people to help them function effectively, and they have developed a selection process to ensure they find them. Each stage of the RAF Application Process has been designed to help the RAF to identify people who are...

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RAF Halton Basic Training 2020 – Week by Week Guide

Recruit RAF Basic training 2020 at RAF Halton lasts ten weeks and each day is different. Each day you will learn new skills and face new challenges. There will be a big change in the recruit as they develop their skills and become an important part of a professional...

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What Happens at RAF Basic Training?

Initial military training has the common aim across all the services of taking civilians and preparing them for life in the Army, Navy or RAF. What Happens at RAF Basic Training?  A high proportion of the new recruits are adolescents, and the idea is to introduce them...

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Tips on what to bring to BRTC

In this article, we look at past experiences to create a list of useful ideas on what to bring and do to your RAF Basic Training, RAF Phase 1 at RAF Halton. Shaving Gel is easier to keep clean for inspection and the pressurised shaving foam cans can leak throughout...

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RAF Citizen requirements

To be able to apply for RAF Basic Training or any RAF job, you must be a: British Citizen British National British/Dual National Commonwealth Citizen Irish Republic National If you do not fall into one these categories, you are ineligible to join the RAF. For security...

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Use of the social media online

RAF Basic Training Social Media Responsibility - social networking sites are great for keeping in touch with family and friends, and letting the world know what you’re up to. But be extra careful if you have identified yourself as being a member of the military or an...

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How to Get to RAF Halton

RAF Halton, Aylesbury Vale Royal Air Force Halton, or more simply RAF Halton, is one of the largest Royal Air Force stations in the United Kingdom. It is located near the village of Halton near Wendover, Buckinghamshire. The site has been in use since the First World...

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Things not to bring to RAF Basic Training

RAF Basic Training is designed to test you to your limits, taking you outside of your comfort zone. You will be in the care of the Royal Air Force and they will provide you with all the support you will need. We have detailed here what to bring  as your RAF Basic...

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Paperwork Essentials for Air Force Basic Training

Paperwork is boring but you must bring the appropriate paperwork, as well as your kit, to RAF Halton Basic Training. Arrival day will be very busy and nearly everyone is nervous. During this day you will have to do plenty of paper work to do, so make sure that you...

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What to bring to RAF Basic Training – non clothing

Heading off to RAF Halton Air Force Basic Training for 10 weeks is stressful enough, without being prepared for it will be even worse. In this article, we describe what non-clothing items are in your raf prtc (BRTC) kit list. This article concerns the non-clothing...

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Basic Training Entry Test for the Army

The new Basic Training Entry Test for the Army is designed to be a better reflection of the types of tasks that you will use in the Army, testing physical fitness and strength. The testing consists of 3 separates exercises; the medicine throw ball, the mid-thigh pull...

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Beards in the RAF

Since September 1st 2019, men are now allowed to grow a smart, trimmed beard in the Military. The relaxation in policies aims to encourage diversity in the recruitment process and allow members of the Armed Forces to have more control over their own appearance. The...

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Russell Hobbs Steam Iron

During phase 1 training, no matter whether it be RAF Halton, ITC Catterick, HMS Raleigh and many more. Most have never touched an iron before. Many people burn their uniform when they start off. This can cause much unneeded stress during your time at basic training....

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Ironing tips to help you through training

Chances are if you are joining the British military you may not have ever touched an iron before. You may even be sitting in the AFCO right now, thinking am I the only one that can’t iron. Some have, but most have not. Ironing takes practise and will take a lot of...

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New Army Physical Fitness Test for Combat Roles

After 20 years of the same British military fitness test, the Army has decided to update its methods. The New Army Physical Fitness Test began in 2019, and they have named the new programme the In Service Physical Employment Standards (PES). It was created to be...

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