The RAF application process includes a number of checks and vetting procedures. These may vary according to the role you’re interested in.
Whatever role you’re applying for, we’ll need to make thorough enquiries into your identity, integrity and nationality before we can begin the recruitment process. Once your eligibility and suitability for service have been confirmed, security vetting will take place.
All RAF personnel are cleared to at least Security Check level and some roles require Developed Vetting clearance.
Criminal Records Bureau
In accordance with the Criminal Justice and Court Services Act 2000, all personnel need to be cleared by the Criminal Records Bureau (CRB) before they can work with young persons or vulnerable adults. Certain RAF roles therefore require a CRB clearance. You can find full details of these below.
Contact with the police or a prosecuting agency
If you have ever been convicted of an offence you may still be able to apply to join the RAF. All applicants for service in the RAF must declare any previous unspent convictions.
For some roles, you will need to declare both 'spent' and 'unspent' convictions. These include Royal Air Force Police, dental, legal, medical and nursing.
If you have a conviction and you are not sure whether it is spent or unspent, it is strongly recommended that you contact your Citizens Advice Bureau for help or seek independent legal advice. Please be aware that AFCO staff are not qualified to answer queries of this nature.
You will need to give details of any 'unspent' convictions before you submit an application and check your eligibility to join under the Rehabilitation of Offenders Act 1974. You can find a summary of its provisions here [PDF opens in a new window].
Applicants awaiting court proceedings
Applicants who have been charged with, or reported for an offence or who may be required to appear in Court in any capacity (for example, as a witness) are not eligible to apply until all court proceedings are concluded (and are still subject to eligibility conditions – see criminal convictions).
Any candidates who declare themselves to be an 'undischarged' bankrupt are ineligible to apply to join the RAF.
Criminal Records Bureau clearance
Some roles require personnel to be CRB-cleared as a condition of entry to the Service. You may also need ongoing clearance throughout your career. These are: