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Royal Air Force

The Royal Air Force (RAF) provides air support to the other 2 armed services, the
Royal Navy and Army. The RAF is a modern fighting force that needs to be agile,
adaptable and capable to meet the operational needs of the United Kingdom, such as
those in the Middle East. Aid work is also crucial part of the RAF, \u201cservice before
self\u201d is the idea, helping fundraise for charities around the UK, or building schools in
Iraq and setting up clean drinking water points in Kenya. Aid missions are often a
response to a disaster such as hurricanes in the UK and typically involve flying in
supplies and helping relief efforts on the ground. The UK\u2019s airspace is also defended
by the RAF with early warning radars providing information about any threats to the
UK such as missile strikes or aircraft invading our airspace. Search and rescue is also
provided by the RAF, with helicopters provided 24/7 to rescue trapped civilians on
land or out sea, at home and abroad. The RAF need quick thinking and resourceful
people to continue this work and it is the job.

Much is expected from RAF personnel and it\u2019s in their interest to recruit the very
best. Although the RAF plans to reduce personnel levels, it won\u2019t stop recruiting, it
will simply recruit better. As the RAF\u2019s aim is to have a smaller, more flexible and
dynamic air force they will need to get the best results possible from their recruitment
process.

It is the responsibility of No 22 (Training) Group to manage recruitment, based at
RAF College Cranwell. The main focus for No 22 is being able to meet the manpower
planned target as set out by Air Command; this allows the RAF to fill the roles needed
to maintain a modern air force. The second focus is on promoting the RAF to the
younger generation as a premier career choice. With scholarships and clubs designed
to increase awareness of the RAF.

There are roughly 70 careers in the RAF to choose from, each one equally important
in their role, if one person fails to perform, the RAF cannot operate efficiently. The
RAF is an equal opportunities employer; with the only limitations being on
nationality for Intelligence Officer and sex for RAF Regiment. The sex
discriminations act (1975) allows the armed forces as a whole to exclude women from
the front line. Standards of entry are set clearly in order to get the type of people the
RAF are looking for, there are certain types of people the RAF don\u2019t want, extremists,

Within the RAF there are two main levels of authority, commissioned officers who
are the equivalent of managers within the organisation and also non-commissioned
officers (NCO) equivalent to non-managerial staff. Officers are the team leaders,
highly motivated and capable of performing under pressure, RAF officers hold
responsibility for all sub-ordinate ranks and are trained in leadership and management
skills to enable them to lead effectively. Non- commissioned officers are given
authority from officers; they are the primary leaders being trained in leadership as
well as their chosen specification. NCOs are experienced enlisted who have worked
thought the ranks through experience and often aid junior officers who have authority
and leadership but a lack of practical experience. The hierarchically management
structure of the RAF is not much unlike that of a conventional business, with different
departments all responsible for the overall success of the RAF.

Essentially the RAF provides a service, that service is strategic air power. The RAF
has a long history of prestige; stretching back to 1918 the valiant contribution its
personnel played changed the course of history. This is no different today the RAF are
still looking for the best possible candidates who are able to lead and motivate and
work well as a team. Recruitment needs to designed to find the people who have
leadership potential and can work well as a team, as an armed service recruitment is
one of the most important factors within the service, if done incorrectly, tax payers
money is wasted and lives are put on the line.

The RAF has bases overseas such as in Cyprus, Gibraltar, Ascension Island and also
the Falkland Islands, as well as bases in England such as those in Henlow, Wittering
and Cottesmore. In addition there are also bases in Scotland, like Kinloss and
Lossiemouth, Northern Island; Aldergrove and also in Wales at Valley. Many RAF
stations have closed already with more set to close as part of the RAF\u2019s aim of having
a smaller more versatile air force. The RAF also has bases on operations such as those
situated in Iraq and Afghanistan.

The RAF has bases across the UK all contributing in different ways to provide air
power. Not all RAF bases flying stations, some operate as admin and comms bases.

The RAF promotes using print media, television campaigns and running public
relations events. Its target audience is potential recruits and the aim of the promotion
is ultimately to get new candidates into the selection process and trying to sign up.
Promotion is also done in the form of the Red Arrows who are the RAF\u2019s acrobatic
team, they also help promote but in a less direct way than an actual advert. The Air
Cadet organisation is also encompassed into promotion as this is where the RAF gets
a large number of candidates from, by introducing pre-eligible candidates to the RAF
way of life and opportunities on offer in the RAF, the air cadet organisation helps
promote awareness of the RAF in the younger generation and in the wider
community. Promotion is often gained through news stories and press articles and by
charity work done by RAF members.

The RAF has a wide range of careers available, not only aircrew and engineers are
needed; chefs are also required by the RAF to provide top quality food to VIPs and to
plan and prepare meals on bases at home and bases on operation. This job is very
diverse and has great opportunities to travel; hence the RAF\u2019s advertising slogan
\u201cYou don\u2019t have to be a pilot in the RAF\u201d Entrance is at airmen/airwomen rank as
apposed to officer entrance meaning you only need 2 GCSEs in Maths and English
language at grade C, minimum. Training is provided which attracts many new recruits
as they can gain a NVQ level 2 in food preparation and cooking and an apprenticeship
in hospitality.

RAF Police is the part of force protection that deals with incidents relating to
personnel and bases, protecting them from criminal and terrorist threats. Like with
other jobs within the RAF, RAF Police can be stationed within the UK or at anyone of
the other stations abroad. 2 GCSE\u2019s in Maths and English language are required at
grade C minimum. Similar to a police officer, RAF Police have a range of
opportunities open to them, such as becoming a trained dog handler or carrying out
body guard duties to senior officials. A NVQ in security, safety and loss prevention is
on offer as a motivator for new recruits sign up as apposed to going to college to gain
a similar qualification.

Pilot is one of the jobs that the RAF is most recognisable for, RAF pilots are
recognised as one of the best pilots in the world. RAF pilots can be assigned to fly any
fix wing, rotary or fast jet air craft in the RAF fleet. Duties range from search and
rescue and troop deployment to ground attack and air reconnaissance. As an officer
within the RAF, pilots are required to have 5 GCSES at grade C inclusive of English
language and Maths and also 2 A levels. Medical standards have to be met as well a
fitness testing to prove that the candidate is fit to fly. Vital to the RAF\u2019s operations
many jobs are centred around this role, for examples stewards rely on the pilot fly
although this could soon not be true. As the development of technologies expands
further there may be no need for pilots in the future, instead use of unmanned aerial
vehicles (UAV) will eliminate the need for any lives to be put at risk. Although UAV
technology is still in development, working drones have already been produced. Male
and females can become pilots in the RAF; the RAF upturned their decision to not
allow female\u2019s to become pilots and in 1991 the first female was flying. There is an
opportunity to gain a degree or master\u2019s degree; this is to attract higher education
leavers to become pilots.

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