You’ll come under one of three rank structures - Commissioned Officer, Non-Commissioned Aircrew or Enlisted Aviator.
The RAF is built on a highly effective management structure; everyone has a role and rank. Individual rank defines the level of responsibility within the role.
Officers are the RAF’s equivalent of a management role. The rank structure in descending order is:
- Air Chief Marshal
- Air Marshal
- Air Vice Marshal
- Air Commodore
- Group Captain
- Wing Commander
- Squadron Leader
- Flight Lieutenant
- Flying Officer
- Pilot Officer
Enlisted Aviators make up the majority of RAF personnel, bringing their specialist skills to provide vital ground support roles. The rank structure in descending order is:
- Warrant Officer
- Flight Sergeant
- Chief Technician (Technical Trades Only)
- Lance Corporal (Regt Gunner Only)
- Air Specialist (class 1) Technician (AS1(T)) (Technical roles only)
- Air Specialist (Class 1) (AS1)
- Air Specialist (Class 2)(AS2)
- Air Recruit (AR)
You’ll work onboard aircraft and helicopters helping to carry out air patrols over the UK. The rank structure in descending order is:
- Master Aircrew
- Flight Sergeant (Aircrew)
- Sergeant (Aircrew)
Source: Guardian Business Weekly
Whether a Chef, Engineer or Pilot, in the RAF you will receive plenty of training to help you do your Whether a Chef, Engineer or a Pilot, you’ll receive plenty of training to help you do your role effectively and with confidence.
No matter what role you take on you will always receive basic training first to get you accustomed to military life. Next you’ll take on specialist training, tailor made for your choice of role and training will continue throughout your career to help you progress. Many roles also offer award-winning apprenticeships that are recognised in the wider world, giving you valuable skills for life, wherever you use them.
Striving for excellence
Our reputation in combat and peacekeeping operations is second to none and the technology we use is some of the most advanced in the world. The work we do is vital; it demands high standards and brings great rewards.
Learning from each other
You’ll be working alongside people with diverse interests and backgrounds. Through living, training, and working closely together you’ll be able to learn from, and support one another. Throughout your career you’ll continue to grow professionally and personally, whilst making lifelong friends.