Personnel Training Officer

Job Description

When the Royal Air Force is not on operations, it is training. As an RAF Personnel Training Officer, you will have opportunities to lead, develop and manage training on RAF and MOD Units throughout the UK, on overseas bases, and on exercises and operations around the world.


  • Training management
  • Developing programmes that enhance human performance
  • Employment in flying training development
  • Parachute training for the UK’s Airborne Forces

When you take on the Training Specialisation you will be offered a range of opportunities that all have a common aim of getting the best out RAF Personnel and boosting their potential in order to give the best Service possible to the force. The Training Specialisation offers a range of opportunities with an aim of maximising the potential of RAF personnel in order to ensure that the Service delivers its operational capabilities. Training Officers are engaged in a wide variety of roles from providing specialist training advice & consultancy for individual & collective training, course design, governance & assurances through developing programmes that enhance human performance, to operationally vital employment in flying training development, parachute training for the UK’s Airborne Forces or Force Development training including adventurous training.



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.


After IOT, you will undertake an 8 week training package comprising 4 weeks of workplace training and 4 weeks of residential training at the School of Physical Training, RAF Cosford. This will equip you with essential context-specific training skills for your first tour.

Subsequent specialist training will prepare you for roles such as; training analysis, training design, training assurance, Parachute Jump Instructor, Adventurous Training Instructor, Survival Evasion Resist and Extraction Instructor, Strategic Communications and Information Activities and Outreach.


  • Be aged 17.5 – 47 years old (Must attest before 48th birthday)
  • Have a minimum of 5 GCSEs (or acceptable equivalents) at a minimum of Grade C/4-5, including English Language and Mathematics or Scottish National 5 (Grades A–C) in 5 subjects including English Language and Mathematics
  • Have 2 A Levels/3 Highers at Grades C or above (excluding Gen Studies or Critical Thinking) which must total a minimum of 64 UCAS points
  • Be a citizen of the United Kingdom or the Republic of Ireland, holder of dual UK/other nationality or have been a Commonwealth
  • citizen since birth
  • Pass the Officer and Aircrew Selection Centre
  • Pass a General Fitness Test