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ROYAL AIR FORCE APPLICATION PROCESS

Applicant Considerations. 

Unless already serving in the Reserve Air Forces the successful applicant will be required to be commissioned/enlisted in the RAFR/RAuxAF with a liability for call-out for permanent service.

The appointment is on the relevant Terms and Conditions of Service as notified in this vacancy in accordance with current guidelines contained within  AP 3392 Vol 7 Part 1 and AP 3392 Vol 7 Part 3 Chapter 2 for the initial period stated.

Confirmation of appointment will depend on successful completion of a RAF Medical Board. Personnel who do not meet the Age/Permanent Joint Medical Employment Standard (PJMES) may apply for the appointment but will only be considered subject to an executive waiver process on a case by case basis.

Candidates who have been out of regular or reserve service for more than 5 years may be considered for this appointment. Prior approval must be sought from the relevant Branch & Trade Advisor to confirm current and past experience prior to being invited to interview.

Selection Process. A Selection Board will carry out a rigorous selection process for this post, based principally on an applicant’s last 3 or 4 appraisal reports. Enquiries concerning this vacancy should be made to the post sponsor detailed in the Vacancy Summary.

Applications.  Candidate applications, with a maximum 2-page CV (to include copies of last 3 or 4 appraisal reports as required) should be sent to the Job Sponsor.

The closing date for applications is in the Vacancy Summary and interviews will take place shortly afterwards.

Promotion. If the position is offered on promotion, then it will be in accordance with AP 3393 Vol 1 and AP 7000 for Officers and AP 3392 Vol 2 Leaflet 560 and AP 3376 Vol 1 for Ground Trades. All Promotions will be ratified by means of a Promotion Board.

Regular Service Applicants. Personnel currently serving in the Regular Royal Air Force should be mindful of the current Early Termination Minimum Waiting Time (MWT) for their respective Rank, Branch/Trade and ensure this MWT is compatible with the post sponsor’s proposed start date, prior to applying.

Ex-service candidates who have been administratively discharged will have their applications rejected as they are not eligible to join the RAF Reserves in accordance with AP 3391 (Vol 3, Lft 207, Annex L, Para 1a).

Pension Issues.  Personnel who qualify for a service pension should take financial advice from Defence Business Services (DBS) Pensions Department on the effect that undertaking reserve service has on their pension (details can be found on the JPA splash screen). Additional guidance can also be found at https://www.gov.uk/guidance/pensions-and-compensation-for-veterans and MMP116 - Re-employment. Of particular note is reference to the ‘Effect of Re-employment’ on Commutation and, for those leaving on a ‘preserved’ pension, the Resettlement Grant.

Transition between TCoS.  Personnel taking this appointment from other TCoS should consider the impact on any accrued entitlements, such as leave, resettlement etc and should seek specialist guidance where required as certain entitlements are TCoS specific and may not be retained or transferred on transition between TCoS. 

Flexible Working Arrangements. In accordance with the Flexible Working (FW) Policy, Reserves personnel are able to request FW arrangements with their line manager. Any immediate FW requirements should be agreed with the line management at the interview stage.

Individual Reinforcement Training (IRT) (Module 1) and RAF Fitness Test (RAFFT). Reserve personnel are required to maintain currency in IRT and the RAFFT iaw the relevant TCoS. The successful applicant will be expected to undertake IRT and the RAFFT within 6 months of commencing employment (if required)

Annual Salary and Leave. Pay will be in accordance with the pay scales published for the reserve air forces. Leave entitlement is detailed in JSP 760.

Accommodation. Personnel serving on FTRS(LC/HC)/ADC TCoS are eligible to occupy Single Living Accommodation (SLA) if available, at entitled rates, if serving within the Air Command TLB. However, due to severe shortages at numerous locations, this must be explored/discussed at formal interview.

Personnel serving on FTRS(FC) TCoS are entitled to Single Living Accommodation (SLA) and Service Families Accommodation (SFA) as per Regular entitlements.