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Why you should join the RAF as an Intelligence Analyst

  • A challenging and varied working environment.
  • The opportunity to have a real-time impact on operations.
  • Obtain a higher apprenticeship in Intelligence Operations
  • Access to supported undergraduate and post-graduate degree schemes.


Intelligence is collected from multiple sources, including aerial and satellite imagery and foreign communications, 24 hours a day, 7 days a week. Analysts are required to collect, collate and evaluate masses of information to create actionable intelligence reports and threat assessments. As an Intelligence Analyst you could be involved in production of current operational intelligence reports and briefings or assisting a Squadron Intelligence Officer on a frontline flying squadron, by providing tactical mission support to aircrew. The contribution made by an Intelligence Analyst is vital to operational success and they will often be the person at the front, assisting the senior commander in making key decisions on aspects of a military operation.

Typical Responsibilities:

  • Collect, collate and evaluate intelligence from multiple sources
  • Gather valuable information about enemies’ strengths, weaknesses and movements
  • Disseminate tailored Intelligence to commanders, aircrew or troops on the ground


A Day in the Life of an Intelligence Analyst


Sam’s Role

Monitor and analyse extremist propaganda released on the internet.

Sam’s Day

Use open source intelligence trade craft to collate and log extremist media released on the internet to understand how it is was published, why it was published and the impact it could have. I would then write up my finding and release a report on a weekly basis, this report would often be used by senior decision makers across Whitehall. The fact that my work has such an impact on a number of operations is highly rewarding.  This was also the job in which I received a MBE award for my work, highlighting the significance of the role.

Tina’s Role

My job is to help prepare fast jet pilots against adversary threats.

Tina’s Day

When not deployed on operations around the world, I build and deliver briefings on real time threats around the world, as well as providing intricate details on adversary aircraft, missile systems and tactics to ensure the day to day training is realistic and we are prepared for the real thing. As the dedicated squadron Intelligence Analyst, I deploy alongside the aircraft on all operations. Life on a squadron is fast paced, with many challenges and pressures; however the rewards are incredible. Squadron Intelligence Analysts are given huge amounts of responsibility and are expected to deliver, whether on operations or at home.

Key Facts

Pay for 1st 6 months 

£15,200 + Benefits

Pay After 1 Year

£20,200 + Benefits

Entry Level



Qualifications you need

  • 2 GCSEs at Grade C or above in English Language and Maths

Joining age

17 – 48

Other entry requirements

Due to the highly sensitive nature of the work you will be conducting, you must be able to obtain a Developed Vetting. Therefore you must meet the following criteria:

  • You have been a British citizen from birth
  • Your parents are currently British citizens
  • Your spouse/partner is currently a British citizen
  • You have resided in the UK for 10 years immediately preceding your application, a minimum of 7 years may be considered.


Initial –

In the RAF you will receive the highest level of training to make you the best in your field. Your career will start with a 10 week Basic Recruit Training Course where you will learn:

  • fitness and military training
  • about RAF core values
  • the code of conduct and the history of the RAF

Specialist –

The next step is 4 months of specialist training at the Air Intelligence Wing at which you’ll learn:

  • the sources of intelligence, such as imagery and communications and the techniques for processing that intelligence.
  • the RAF intelligence structure, as well as introducing you to the worlds of electronic warfare and electronic intelligence.
  • IT applications, research techniques, military mapping and you will consolidate your training through a final exercise to put all your new skills into practice.


For more information about the role and details of our application process, visit the RAF Recruitment website. To be directed straight to our site Click 'Apply'.


United Kingdom

Published on 19 Apr 2021

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