YOUR FUTURE CAREER PROSPECTS/PROGRESSION
After completing one year’s total service, you will be eligible for promotion to Senior Aircraftman (SAC), providing you pass Basic Trade Training and Trade Ability Tests Following completion of the TATs, 18 months in rank and completion of the Apprenticeship, you would advance to SAC (T). Further promotion to the rank of Corporal and beyond is on merit by competitive selection and will require the completion of further periods of Command and Management Training to prepare you for the demands of your new rank.
YOUR FIRST TOUR
Upon completion of your training, you will graduate as an RAF ICT Tech and will begin your first tour. Opportunities exist across the country for this tour, but wherever you are sent you will be using your skills to immediately support the RAF’s outputs. You will join a team responsible for managing your unit’s cyberspace systems. A first tour could see you as part of 90 Signals Unit, which includes the RAF’s deployable expeditionary communications team. This team deploys around the globe and a job here would see you supporting global operations by providing the cyberspace systems that enable communications back to the UK effectively. Alternatively, you could be employed on an aircraft squadron, maintaining and supporting the aircraft’s mission support system that enables the aircraft to carry out its sorties. Another current role for your first tour is to work within an information Hub, where you will be the first port of call for
providing advice on software applications, information management and system administration, or repairing IT systems and installing software and hardware
The qualifications you can earn are as valuable in the civilian world as they are in the RAF. When added to your RAF experience, you will be well placed and in demand by any potential civilian employers.