Initial military training has the common aim across all the services of taking civilians and preparing them for life in the Army, Navy or RAF. What Happens at RAF Basic Training? 

A high proportion of the new recruits are adolescents, and the idea is to introduce them to the military way of life, so that they can perform in a variety of unfamiliar, stressful and dangerous situations.

Phase 1 training is designed to present an understanding of the Armed Forces and the demands they place on the individual. Focusing on developing recruits on an ongoing basis, mentally and physically, searching for robust individuals who have the flexibility to cope with the range of challenges they may face.

In all three Services, Phase 1 instruction is conducted by Officers, Senior NCOs (SNCOs), Junior NCOs (JNCOs) and civilians. SNCOs and JNCOs provide the majority of training and supervision. The training is designed to induct trainees into the military ethos and develop their self-discipline, teamwork and fitness.

Training days are highly structured, no leave is given and the immaturity of recruits is recognised through high supervision levels both during working hours and out-of-hours.

New recruits are not required to do armed guard duty in any of the services whilst training.

Spiritual and moral development is provided by the chaplaincy service as part of timetabled sessions throughout the course. Recruits are strongly urged to attend religious services by the Commanding Officers.

Phase 1 training courses all conclude with a passing out parade to which friends and family may be invited.

RAF Initial Training

What Happens at RAF Basic Training? Whether you’re joining at Officer level or as an Airman/Airwoman, your Initial Training will cover topics such as living and working in the RAF, our history and culture, weapon handling and survival techniques.

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.