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 reasons, there are stricter nationality requirements for some jobs. For a few, you must have been a UK citizen and UK resident since birth.

As well as meeting nationality requirements, you must also meet certain residency criteria to be eligible to apply for a job in the RAF.

UK Resident for a Minimum of 5-years

If you have been resident in the United Kingdom for a minimum period of 5 years immediately prior to your application and have not spent more than 28 days per year outside of the UK during this time, then you meet the RAF’s residency criteria, although, candidates with a minimum of 3 years will be considered.

Following the MOD announcement that the UK Armed Forces will now be able to recruit commonwealth citizens without the 5 year residency requirement, please note that the RAF continues to apply standard residency requirements for security clearance,  ie, DV employment requires 7-years UK residency immediately prior to enlistment; SC requires 3-years.

RAF Basic Training  – Your Contact Information

Separately, you should bring a sheet of paper with contact information. This would be anyone who is important to you or expected to attend your graduation.

Include their full legal name, address, and contact phone number. This piece of paper will be worth gold to you if you ever have to fill out this information, make a phone call, or whenever you need to mail home!

Also, make sure that you are prepared for RAF-Basic-Training by purchasing the essential items before you arrive for RAF Basic Training as it will save you a lot of money.

Our Premium Package contains all the essential items required on the military basic training kit list sent out by the AFCO.

Supply Drop also provides smaller broken-down packages which all together equate to the Premium Package; Ironing Package, Essentials Package, Washing & Cleaning Package, Sanitary Package and the Boot Care Package. 

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