Air & Ground Steward

Job Description

As an RAF Regiment Officer, you will specialise in ground combat tactics, weaponry and field craft. You will lead and direct the RAF Regiment squadrons that protect RAF bases and forward operating bases.


  • Evaluate tactical situations, formulate a plan and brief troops
  • Lead a flight of around 30 Gunners to protect RAF aircraft, people and bases
  • Operate in peacekeeping, counter-terrorist and full-scale war situations

As an RAF Regiment Officer, you will be a leader, commanding and inspiring a “flight” of up to 35 Gunners. You will become a specialist in all facets of Force Protection, which range from dismounted close combat tactics and fieldcraft to security and understanding how air operations are delivered. Learning how to operate and employ a variety of weapons and surveillance systems, you will provide specialist advice and planning to enable the safe conduct of air operations both at home and overseas.

Above all, Leadership is the quality that we seek in RAF Regiment Officers. From the outset of your career, you will be placed in positions of command, responsible for RAF and RAF Regiment personnel and it will be your responsibility to provide leadership through demanding situations. Within your first few years, you will almost certainly be deployed on overseas operations or exercises to locations including Canada, Cyprus, Middle East and Africa.



You will begin your RAF career with Initial Officer Training (IOT) at the RAF College Cranwell in Lincolnshire. You will follow a challenging 24-week course designed to develop your leadership and management skills. The course includes fitness development, military training and academic study as well as practical outdoor leadership challenges.


Next, you will undertake the arduous Junior Regiment Officers’ Course (JROC) which is 26 weeks of tough ground combat training at RAF Honington. Your fitness will step up a level as you are taught how to soldier and then how to command and lead troops. You will start with leading a Section of 8 and end up leading a flight of some 30 RAF Regiment Gunners. You will make friends who will last a lifetime and you will get to know them better than you know your own family.

RAF Regiment training is a real test of character, determination and the will to succeed. By the end of the course, you will be at peak physical fitness and you will have learned how to operate effectively in different environments and all kinds of conditions.

The training needs to be hard to give you the confidence to overcome any situation that you may find yourself in during operations; with determination you can do it.

To view the timetable for the Junior Regiment Officers Course programme, please click here


  • Be aged 17 ½ - 47 (Must attest before 48th birthday)
  • Have GCSE at Grade C/4-5 or SCE Standard Grades at Grade 2/Scottish National 5 in English Language, Maths and at least three other subjects
  • Have at least 2 A2 Levels/3 Highers at Grade C or above (excluding General Studies or Critical Thinking) which must total a minimum of 64 UCAS points
  • Be a citizen of the United Kingdom or holder of dual UK/ other nationality
  • Commit to a minimum of 12 years of service
  • Meet the health and fitness criteria
  • Pass a General Fitness Test