RAF BRTC (basic recruit training) takes place over 10 weeks at RAF Halton for Airmen entrants or 24 weeks at RAF Cranwell for Officer entrants. The training will make you fitter, more confident and prepare you to carry out your role in the RAF.


We have compiled a list of the most popular questions asked by civilians who are considering a career in the RAF.

How long is an RAF apprenticeship?

You will gain the apprenticeship as part of your phase two training, in total the process of gaining your apprenticeship can last 1 year to 3 years of training

Can you join the RAF with no qualifications?

There are over 50 different careers specialisations in the RAF and anyone can apply for roles which range from having no qualifications to start through to professional entry, whereby the individual is fully qualified at the point of entry to RAF service

What Happens at RAF Basic Training?

RAF BRTC Phase 1 training lasts ten weeks. Importance is placed upon discipline, teamwork and self-reliance. The course includes drill, general service knowledge, physical education and military field skills such as first aid, weapon handling, and protection against chemical weapons.

The RAF provide some of the best training you will ever receive, both in leadership and management but also in the ability to make sound decisions even when under pressure.

Supply Drop is the leading supplier of RAF BRTC training kit in the UK and offers high quality items that will stand the test of time.

Can I go home during RAF BRTC?

There may be occasions when trainees can return home during Initial Training, but this is very much dependent on the training schedule.

Do I get paid during RAF basic training?

When training with the RAF you will be paid from the beginning. While in the RAF your day-to-day living costs are dramatically lower, meaning you end up with more disposable cash in your pocket. All members of the RAF and their partners are entitled to a range of discounts through Defence Discount Service.

What Happens if I Fail 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 end up re-taking RAF phase 1 training.

Do I get weekends off in RAF?

When off duty, RAF personnel can leave the base any time they want. Weekends and holidays are free but there are opportunities to do many things with over 100 adventurous training activities available, from mountaineering to skiing and scuba diving to sailing.

Can you pick where you are stationed in the RAF?

As a regular you have plenty of options when choosing where to live: a barrack block or ‘Mess’ on base, commute from home, or rent nearby – all of which are subsidised by the RAF. Most Regulars choose to live on base with hundreds of others and their families.

What is the largest RAF base?

RAF Brize Norton in Oxfordshire is the largest RAF Station with approximately 5,800 Service Personnel, 1,200 contractors and 300 civilian staff. The Station is home to the RAF’s Strategic and Tactical Air Transport (AT) and Air-to-Air Refuelling (AAR) forces, as well as host to many lodger and reserve units.

Can I leave the RAF at any time?

You can leave the RAF, just like any job. However, it depends on how long you’ve served as to how much notice you will have to give. You can leave within the first six months, but you must give 14 days’ notice in writing, and it’s subject to the requirement to complete 28 days service.