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 a military environment, as well as fitness and military training, and to learn about life in the RAF in general.

This article takes a high-level look at what involved in RAF Specialist Training

RAF Specialist Training

After you’ve completed your initial training, you will begin your specialist training. Where you go and how long it lasts will depend on your job. However, as well as technical skills, you will get on-the-job experience – often at a much earlier stage than you would as a civilian. The training, and your experience, will form the foundation of an advanced apprenticeship and other useful qualifications.

Phase 2 Specialist Training is the initial training program to prepare the RAF recruit for their job in the RAF. The courses can last from a minimum of 18 weeks to much longer, for example, the specialist training courses at MOD St Athan, near Cardiff, last approximately 55 weeks.

By the end of the course, you will be at peak physical fitness and have learnt to operate effectively regardless of the environment you are in. The training is hard to give you the confidence to overcome any situation you may encounter whilst on operations. Once you have completed your specialist training you will find out which Squadron you will be posted to

Phase 3 Specialist Training provides the recruit with increased skills and responsibility. Phase 3 Specialist Training takes place prior to you starting your first tour and lasts 10 weeks, where you will learn additional skills to make your transition to Squadron life easier

In addition to Initial Training and specialist Trade and Branch Training, there are other opportunities to gain further qualifications.

Specialist Training and Education Centres

The Royal Air Force operates several units and centres for the provision of non-generic training and education.

These include the Royal Air Force Leadership Centre and the Royal Air Force Centre for Air Power Studies, both based at RAF Cranwell, and the Air Warfare Centre, based at RAF Waddington and RAF Cranwell.

NCO training and developmental courses occur at RAF Halton and officer courses occur at the Joint Services Command and Staff College at Shrivenham

RAF Accreditation

RAF Accreditation provides opportunities to gain nationally recognised civilian qualifications through the accreditation of RAF education, training and experience. Accreditation-based qualifications may be awarded in full or in part which require additional study to complete a larger or more advanced qualification, further enhancing individual skills and knowledge. 

The pace at which you can develop and gain additional skills – both personally and professionally – is limited only by your own ability level and depth of commitment.

Raf Basic Training Kit for Initial Training at RAF Halton

One thing is for sure, if you do not pass BRTC at RAF Halton then you will never start Phase 2 Specialist Training.

So, get prepared for RAF Initial Training, and reduce the early stress, by purchasing the correct kit before you arrive at RAF Halton.

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