RAF Medic

Job Description

As an RAF Medic, you will provide essential medical support to personnel, responding to medical emergencies and providing airfield crash cover on stations in the UK, whilst on operations and also on exercises. RAF Medics can also train as paramedics, providing a full range of pre-hospital emergency care in military environments.


  • Duty RAF Medics provide airfield medical crash cover and pre-hospital emergency care.
  • Manage receipt and storage of medical supplies and pharmaceuticals in medical stores, issuing of medications.
  • Maintain the electronic and paper medical records, monitoring the occupational health of Defence personnel.

As an RAF Medic, you might communicate with numerous military and civilian agencies within the UK, including the NHS and Air Ambulance companies, to facilitate the safe evacuation of patients. Or you could provide daily Aeromedical Evacuation support during peace, crisis or war, which includes repatriating patients from around the world, utilising available air assets as part of the Critical Care Air Support and Air Transportable Isolator teams.


Your career will start with a 10-week Basic Recruit Training Course at RAF Halton in Buckinghamshire. The course is designed to help you adjust to a military environment. As well as fitness and military training, you’ll also learn about the RAF lifestyle.


Following Basic Recruit Training you will undertake 28 weeks of medical training at the Defence College of Healthcare Education and Training (DCHET) in Lichfield. This course includes anatomy & physiology, first-aid, advanced pre-hospital medical skills, ECG recording, medical administration and airfield crash rescue.

The course commences with 16 weeks tri-Service delivered training. Six weeks of Defence Primary Health Care (DPHC) placement follows before a final RAF focused six weeks of further training and unit visits. Learning alongside peers from the

Army & Navy will support collaborative working relationships in the future and develop your military ethos.
On graduation from DCHET you will take up your first assignment.

Further educational opportunities exist after you attain the rank of SAC.


  • Be aged 16 – 47 years old (Must attest before 48th birthday)
  • Have GCSE at Grade C/4-5 or above or SCE Standard Grades at Grade 2/Scottish National 5 in English Language and Maths
  • 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
  • Commit minimum 3 years post Phase Two Training
  • Meet the health and fitness criteria
  • Pass the Airman Selection Test
  • Pass a General Fitness Test