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RAF Intelligence Officer

Intelligence Officer

As an Intelligence Officer, you will find yourself leading a team of highly motivated, bright and flexible men and women as part of a Royal Air Force unit or within the Joint Forces Command organisation. 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.  

Very quickly, you will be responsible for collecting, collating and evaluating vast quantities of information to produce actionable reports and prepare threat assessments for current and future operations.  You may then brief senior officers, planning and operations staff to influence matters of international significance.  You could lead a team of analysts in the management and production of reports and assessment from satellite or aerial imagery, or the collection of complex signals in order to provide details on known or potential threats. 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. There are opportunities to work overseas, including Europe and the US. Whatever role you are employed in, your contribution will be vital to on-going or future operations across the world.


A Day in the Life of an Intelligence Officer

Alex’s Role

I am attached to a Tornado GR4 flying squadron as their Intelligence Officer. I travel with them wherever they go, providing crucial operational intelligence and supporting national and international training exercises.

Alex’s Day

When deployed on operations, a typical day would involve starting work a few hours before the aircrew to allow me to prepare their pre-mission brief. To do this I will read through a variety of intelligence reports to select what I assess is important for the aircrew to know before they go flying over enemy territory. Once I have delivered this brief it is my responsibility to keep them informed of any last minute intelligence until they take off for their mission. Upon return the aircrew will come to me for debriefing, this involves writing a mission report detailing all significant events and sending it off to be collated against a wider operational picture. This can be a challenging role but knowing that what I do helps to keep our aircrew safe, whilst also aiding operational effectiveness, makes it very rewarding.

Key Facts

Pay During Training

£26,500 + Benefits

Initial Pay After Training

£31,800 + Benefits

Entry Level



Qualifications you need

Minimum of 5 GCSEs (or acceptable equivalents): at a minimum of Grade C (Grade 4 to 5 with effect from Aug 17), including English Language, and Mathematics or 5 Scottish Certificate of Education (SCE) Standard Grades; at a minimum of Grade 2, including English Language, and Mathematics or 5 Scottish National Equivalent (SNE) Grades at a minimum of Grade 5 including English Language and Mathematics.

At least 2 A2 Levels / 3 Highers at Grade C or above (excluding General Studies or Critical Thinking) totalling 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 2  or SNE Grade 5 for both.

Joining age

17.5 – 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 a minimum of 7 years.

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'.

RAF Intelligence Officer

United Kingdom
Apprenticeships, College Higher Education

Published on 2 Jun 2020