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 suitable for RAF training and will be able to do the job to the standard required.

The selection RAF Application Process consists of the following elements:

  • Aptitude Tests
  • Selection Interview
  • Occupational Health Assessment
  • Pre-Joining Fitness Test
  • Specialist Interviews
  • Provisional Offer of Service Interview

Aptitude Tests

The purpose of the Aptitude Test is to find out which RAF trades might suit you. The Aptitude Test consists of seven multiple-choice tests, each of which assesses your aptitude in a different area:

  • Verbal Reasoning
  • Numerical Reasoning
  • Work Rate
  • Spatial Reasoning
  • Electrical Comprehension
  • Mechanical Comprehension
  • Memory

Selection Interview

An interview gives the RAF the chance to meet candidates face to face. The RAF Selection Interview is based on the information provided in the application form. The RAF want to ask you more about yourself to find out if you are suited to a career in the RAF. Typical things that you may get asked about are:

  • Your family
  • Your education
  • Your work experience
  • Your hobbies and pastimes
  • Why you are interested in joining the RAF

Occupational Health Assessment

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

This assessment has been designed 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-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.

Specialist Interview for RAF Application Process

For certain roles 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.

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. Failure to maintain your knowledge could result in your provisional offer being delayed or possibly withdrawn.