Career outlook for RAF officer
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Currently employed in Scotland
What's it like?
You would lead a team of airmen and women to work as a unit to complete a task or mission. You’d make quick decisions about what action to take in dangerous and stressful situations.
You’d be responsible for the welfare, discipline and career development of the non-commissioned Royal Air Force airmen and airwomen in your squadron.
The Royal Air Force (RAF) has two sections (known as commands). Strike is the operational air force while Personnel and Training recruits, trains and manages the welfare of staff.
As an RAF officer you could choose to work in one of 20 specialist areas, each with different responsibilities, such as these examples:
- In Air Operations you could become a pilot or weapons systems officer. You would fly sorties, carry out reconnaissance and take part in search and rescue duties.
- In Operations Support you could be an air traffic manager, an aerospace battle manager or a flight operations officer. You would:
- Provide information about targets
- Coordinate refuelling
- Digitally map terrain
- Plan missions
- As an aircraft or communications engineer you would be based in Engineering and Logistics. You would commission new aircraft, service fleets and manage resources and supplies.
- In Support Services you’d provide day-to-day services for staff at RAF bases and in the field during operations. Roles include catering, security and training officers.
- As a medical, dental or nursing officer you would manage specialist teams in the Professions branch
The areas of responsibility are split into squadrons and you would manage a squadron with other officers who have also earned their rank or 'commission'.
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