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RAF Basic Recruit Training course

Personnel during graduation parade.

The RAF is no ordinary job.  So, what is Phase 1 of recruitment into the RAF really like?

Personnel during graduation parade.

RAF Halton provides behind the scenes action on what the 10-week Basic Recruit Training course looks like.  All the videos are available to watch on YouTube, sharing an insight as to what happens on each week of the course, from arrival to graduation.

Week 1 sees Recruits arrive to where they will be living and training over the next 10 weeks.  Days are long and busy, with early starts from 05:45am until around 20:15pm. 

Several briefs and lessons are given, fitness it strengthened and military aspects are introduced, such as daily inspections, kitting, Marching, and Drilling.  Recruits also take their Attestation – an Oath of Allegiance to the UK monarch, that promises duty diligence, honesty, faithfulness, and obedience.

Personnel exercising.

Each week builds on the skills and lessons picked up the previous seven days.  Week 2 sees the development of skills, with the addition of low ropes and time for reflection.

Personnel in camouflage with grass on their heads.

Over the next few weeks, Recruits take a range of progress assessments and interact with rifles during Force Protection Training.

Personnel in camouflage with grass on their heads.

Week 6 and 7 sees additional lessons in first aid and Chemical Biological Radiological Nuclear, before Recruits deploy to the Force Protection training area during week 8.  Field exercises include rifle work, camping, map reading, bush craft and high ropes.

Personnel in camouflage with grass on their heads.

Recruits take their final tests and inspections during the tenth week of the course.  Before proudly donning their Number One uniform to perform a last Parade with their comrades, in front of their loved ones, a Reviewing Officer, the RAF Music Services, and a flypast.  Graduation is an incredibly proud moment, marking the start of a fulfilled RAF career with many exciting opportunities among a diverse and inclusive workforce.

The RAF is no ordinary job

You can see more on Basic Recruit Training at RAF Halton and see what the Initial Officer Training courses at RAF Cranwell is really like on the YouTube Playlist.

Personnel holding rifle and shouting for help over her shoulder.

For more listen to InsideAIR episode 05 exploring RAF Apprenticeships or episode 15 about Helicopter Pilot training and earning those wings.

Personnel hugs family during graduation.

You can also read the latest RAF Halton graduation news of our latest successful Intakes.

Read more about RAF recruitment and explore the many roles available

Personnel on parade with model Hawker Hunter on the parade square.