Intelligence Officer

Job Description

As an RAF Intelligence Officer, you obtain, analyse and present defence intelligence from a variety of sources and manage a team of Intelligence Analysts and Linguists.

TYPICAL RESPONSIBILITIES

  • Provide intelligence updates and threat assessments to support operational planning
  • Provide intelligence support to aircrew before their missions
  • Lead teams of skilled intelligence analysts to provide Imagery or Signals intelligence

As an Intelligence Officer, you will find yourself leading a team of highly motivated, bright and flexible men and women. Your training will ensure that you are equipped to develop a range of products using the latest reporting from a variety of sources including open-source, imagery, signals, human and cyber intelligence. Within your first few years, you can expect to be deployed frequently overseas in roles such as supporting a front line flying squadron, providing tactical mission and intelligence support.

Your job will take you to new locations and test you in different roles every few years, working alongside counterparts in the Royal Navy and the Army or in a NATO Position. Whatever role you are employed in, your contribution will be vital to on-going or future operations across the world.

TRAINING AND CAREER

INITIAL TRAINING

You will begin your RAF career with Initial Officer Training (IOT) at the RAF College Cranwell, 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.

SPECIALIST TRAINING

You will then undertake a 22-week specialist training course at the Joint Intelligence Training Group, Chicksands, Bedfordshire. This course will teach you how to provide Operational Intelligence. You will be taught a breadth of subjects including: the components of intelligence work, different intelligence sources, various analytical techniques, the structure of air-defence systems, and the details of complex equipment that pose a threat to aircraft. By the end of the course you will be able to collect and evaluate relevant information and produce actionable intelligence, through both written reports and formal verbal briefings. You will be able to provide intelligence support to senior commanders, and contribute to the planning of air operations and force protection of airbases. Your final exercise will test your ability to work within an Expeditionary Air Wing intelligence environment in a range of mutually supportive and varied intelligence roles, including that of a squadron intelligence officer.

Your final exercise will test your ability to work in a small station intelligence team and by yourself as a squadron intelligence officer. You will be able to provide intelligence support to senior commanders, contribute to the planning of air operations and the force protection of airbases.

ENTRY REQUIREMENT

APPLICANTS MUST:

  • Be aged 17.5 – 47 (Must enter Initial Officer Training before 48th Birthday Upper age limit of 48 for Internal Commissioning Scheme)
  • Have GCSE at Grade C/4-5 or SCE Standard Grades at Grade 2/Scottish National 5 in English Language, GCSE at Grade C/4-5 or SCE Standard Grades at Grade 2/Scottish National 5 in Maths and GCSE at Grade C/4-5 or SCE Standard Grades at Grade 2/Scottish National 5 in three other subjects.
  • 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. Alternatively, if you hold a UK degree at Grade 2:2 or higher (or acceptable alternative) you only need Mathematics and English Language GCSEs at a minimum of Grade C (Grade 4 to 5 with effect from Aug 17) or Mathematics and English Language SCE Standard Grades of 2 or SNE Grade 5 (A-C)
  • Be a UK citizen from birth
  • Must have resided in the UK for 7 years immediately preceding application
  • Parents/Spouse must currently have UK citizenship
  • Commit to a minimum of 12 years of service
  • Meet the health and fitness criteria.

PAY DURING TRAINING£26,500+ Benefits
Initial pay after training£31,800+Benefits

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