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RAF airman or airwoman

RAF airmen or airwomen fly on board fixed-wing aircraft or helicopters.
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What does a RAF airman or airwoman do?

Airmen and airwomen make up the majority of RAF personnel, bringing their specialist skills to provide vital ground support roles.

As an RAF airman or airwoman, you provide specialist support in one of the following categories:

  • Engineering and technical – roles include aircraft technician, cyberspace communications specialist, and survival equipment specialist.
  • Catering and hospitality – roles include chef and caterer.
  • Force protection – roles include fire fighter and the RAF regt gunner.
  • Medical and medical support – roles include nurses, medics, biomedical scientists, and environmental health.
  • Personnel support – roles include human resources, physical training instructors, and musicians.
  • Air operations – roles include air traffic control, flight operations, and air cartography.
  • Intelligence – roles include intelligence analysts and linguists.
  • Logistics – roles include movers, suppliers, and drivers.

What do I need to do to become a RAF airman or airwoman?

You may not need any qualifications at all! The RAF has some roles that require no GCSEs whatsoever. However, most roles require maths and English GCSEs, with others requiring an additional science subject, or more.


Related skills

  • Communication
  • Discipline
  • Numeracy
  • Physical fitness
  • Problem solving
  • Teamwork

Related subjects

  • English
  • Maths

Essential qualifications

  • From zero to five GCSEs, depending on the role

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Where could I be working?

Once you have completed all your training, you could be posted anywhere the RAF has a station – across the UK or around the world.


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