Joining the RAF takes seven steps. Below is an overview of how to apply for the RAF:

How to apply for the RAF

  • Submit Application

  • Aptitude Test

  • Selection Interview

  • Health Assessment

  • Pre-Joining Fitness Test (PJFT)

  • Pre-Recruit Training

  • Acceptance Provisional Offer of Service Interview

  • Initial Training

Submit Application to Join the RAF

The first stage of the RAF recruitment process is to submit your application. Before submitting the application, it is important to speak to an RAF Careers Advisor about the options that are available to you.

There are two ways in which you can apply:

  1. The first and most efficient method is to apply online at
  2. The second option is to complete the application form at your Armed Forces RAF Careers Office.

There are several different sections on the form to complete including:

  • Personal details.
  • Any experiences you have of the armed forces
  • Qualifications
  • Physical fitness
  • Sporting skills
  • Positions of responsibility
  • Your choice of RAF career

RAF Aptitude Test

Also known as the Airmen Selection Test (AST), the RAF Aptitude Test consists of seven aptitude tests, each focusing on a different set of cognitive skills. It is a particularly challenging exam that demands full concentration and high accuracy.

Your performance in the test will be crucial not only for your admittance into the RAF, but also for determining which trades and placements you will be offered, hence for your entire future.

The RAF Aptitude Test will take place at your nearest Armed Forces Careers Office (AFCO) and it takes about 90 minutes to complete.

You are not allowed to use a calculator or dictionary during the tests. For the Numerical Reasoning test, you will be provided rough paper for working out your answers.

RAF Selection Interview

The selection interview gives you and RAF the opportunity to face to face. The RAF Selection Interview will be based on the information that you have provided in the application form. The RAF will want to ask you more about yourself to find out if you are suited to a career in the RAF. Things that you may get asked about are:

  • Your family.
  • Your education.
  • Your work experience.
  • Your hobbies and pastimes.
  • Your motivations for joining and the level of preparation you have carried out.
  • What you already know about the RAF, how it operates
  • Why you want to join the RAF and why you have chosen your particular trade

For specific roles in the RAF there may be additional interviews. They are designed to assess those aptitudes and skills which are specific to your chosen trade.

Your AFCO will be able to let you know if a specialist interview is part of the selection process for the role you wish to join.

RAF Health Assessment

If you pass the selection interview, you will be given a service Health Assessment.

This health assessment is to detect anything that might make you unfit for military training. It also looks out for any issues that could have an impact on your ability to carry out military or trade duties over the course of your career.

The assessment also investigates any illness you may have suffered in the past in case this could affect your ability to serve in the RAF.

Pre-Joining Fitness Test

To pass the Pre-Joining Fitness Test (PJFT). To pass, you will need to run 1.5 miles (2.4km) on a treadmill within a set time and do a minimum number of press-ups and sit-ups within a minute. The time limit for the run and the number of press-ups and sit-ups will depend on your age and gender.

Pre-Recruit Training Course (PRTC)

If you have successfully reached this point in the selection journey, you will attend RAF Halton for 3-days and undertake a Fitness Assessment, Basic Key Skills Builder assessments and Functional Skills assessments as well as receiving briefs about recruit training.

Provisional Offer of Service Interview

If you have been successful at every stage so far, you will be invited to a Provisional Offer of Service Interview. This is a formal interview and will cover all the areas that you researched for your selection interview. The interviewer will need to see that you have a good understanding of the training that lays ahead, and that you are fully prepared for service life.

RAF Initial Training

RAF Initial Training will take place at RAF Halton over a 10-week period.

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