Learn to become a career pilot – and not pay a penny for training

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+VIDEO How would you like to become a pilot, with a full set of ratings, and not have to pay a bean? In fact, they pay you while you’re training and continue to pay with an increased package once you’re doing the job?

OK, so you’ve guessed. The Royal Air Force is currently recruiting for new pilots and offering full training, whether that’s for flying fast jets, flying specialist and transport aircraft, or flying helicopters.

The pay during training is £26,500+ + Benefits, and initial pay after training is £31,800+ + Benefits. Those benefits add up as well, with low-priced accommodation and world-best sports facilities among the favourites.

Your training would begin with a 24-week Initial Officer Training (IOT) at the RAF College Cranwell in Lincolnshire designed to develop your leadership and management skills.

This is followed with specialist training beginning with Elementary Flying Training, flying the Tutor or Prefect aircraft. You will then be streamed to fast jet, multi-engine or rotary (helicopter) flying training.

To apply you must:

  • Be aged 17.5 – 25 years old
  • Have GCSEs at Grade C/4 or SNE at Grade 5 or SCE Standard Grades at Grade 2/SNE 5 in English and 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 minimum 12 years service
  • Meet the health and fitness criteria
  • Pass a general fitness test.

More info here

Of course, there’s a selection process with a test at the end. You can have a go online at a mock selection test here.