SNCO Air Traffic Controller. FULL TRAINING PROVIDED. £36,000+ when qualified

Royal Air Force Air Operations

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Why Control one aircraft when you can control them all!


The SNCO Air Traffic Controller role is a diverse, exciting and complex employment area which supports operations both in the UK and around the world. The key employment areas are Terminal Air Traffic Control (providing an ATC service at an airfield), Area Control (working alongside civilian Air Traffic Controllers at the UK’s Air Traffic Control Centre at Swanwick) and Tactical Air Traffic Control (deploying at short notice to set up a temporary airstrip). 

Using state of the art radar and communications technology you will be trained to:

• Safely integrate military and civilian aircraft departing from and arriving at military airfields.
• Become part of the team that support Typhoon jets that scramble and intercept suspicious aircraft. 
• Control fighter, bomber, surveillance, refuelling and even unmanned aircraft as they support a number of different training and operational tasks. 
• Work alongside civilian controllers as an Area Radar Controller ensuring military aircraft operate safely amongst civilian airliners in busy controlled airspace. 
• Provide specialist battlespace management support to both UK and multi-national exercises and operations around the world. 
• Deploy on military operations as a Tactical Air Traffic Controller that establishes temporary runways in austere locations in support of a number of agencies including UK Special Forces. 


Recruit & Non-Commissioned Aircrew Initial Training

As a direct entrant joining the Royal Air Force at the rank of Sergeant (rank attained upon completion of Air Traffic Control training), your career will start with a 10-week Basic Recruit Training Course (BRTC) at RAF Halton in Buckinghamshire.  The course is designed to help you adjust to a military environment.  As well as fitness and military training, you will also learn about the RAF lifestyle. 

Following Recruit Training, you will complete the Non-Commissioned Aircrew Initial Training Course (NCAITC) at the RAF College Cranwell in Lincolnshire. This 10-week course is designed to develop your leadership and management skills and includes fitness development, military training and academic study as well as practical outdoor leadership challenges. 

Specialist Training

After the NCAITC, you will complete a 22-week specialist Air Traffic Control training course (JATCC) at RAF Shawbury, Shropshire. 

Foundation Tour

Following successful completion of your specialist training, your first tour will last approximately 2-3 years and will be at one of the RAFs airfields in the UK, in Cyprus, or, following additional training, at the Air Traffic Control Centre at Swanwick. You will then consolidate your specialist training and develop post-graduate skills making you Combat Ready and ready to deploy on military operations anywhere in the world.


Pay During Basic Training

£14,931 + Benefits

Pay after NCAITC

£29,600 + Benefits

Pay after JATCC

£36,000 + Benefits




You need
GCSE at Grade C/4-5 in English Language
GCSE at Grade C/4-5 in Maths
GCSEs at Grade C/4-5 in 3 other subjects
SCE Standard Grades at Grade 2/Scottish National 5 in English
SCE Standard Grades at Grade 2/Scottish National 5 in Maths
SCE Standard Grades at Grade 2/Scottish National 5 in 3 other subjects


  • 17.5-40 (Must enter phase one training by 41st birthday)

RAF Requirements

To join the RAF you will also need to meet fitness, health, nationality, residency which will be discussed at your local Armed Forces Careers Office after applying. 

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 Now'.

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