With some 2000 vacancies this year, the RAF is still very much recruiting!

Following last year’s SDSR announcement that the RAF is to reduce in size to a force of 33500 by 2015, many people assumed that recruiting would stop.  Nothing could be further from the truth!  Despite the drawdown, the RAF is still looking to recruit some 2000 people this year across a wide range of trades and branches – from ICT Technicians to Medics to Suppliers and Doctors and Nurses.  Although this figure is lower than normal, it is still a challenging target.

With more than 50 different branch and trade choices, the RAF offers a varied and exciting career.  Recruiting from all academic and community backgrounds, the RAF is a genuine equal opportunities employer.  The Head of RAF Recruiting, Group Captain Ian Tolfts said: “If you think you have what it takes to be in the RAF, then come and talk to us.  With very few exceptions, the RAF is recruiting to most trades and branches this year.  But with the drawdown of the RAF and a recent lack of advertising, many people think the RAF is closed for business.  Nothing is further from the truth!  I would encourage anyone that is interested in a career in the RAF to visit the RAF Careers website at or find more information on or even follow us on Twitter @rafcareers.”

Group Captain Tolfts added “While it is RAF Recruiting’s job to lead the charge in attracting and recruiting new members of the RAF, everyone has a role to play.  If everyone in the RAF and those associated with the RAF helped spread the message that the RAF is recruiting, public opinion would be changed.  The message is simple – the RAF is recruiting now!”

To help re-launch the RAF’s recruiting campaign – ‘Be Part of the Story’ – the Director of Recruiting and Initial Training, Air Commodore Paul Oborn, joined Group Captain Tolfts at the RAF College Cranwell.  Holding a ‘Be Part of the Story’ banner, Air Commodore Oborn emphasised that the RAF is open for business and said “The RAF has a constant need for new recruits – year in, year out.  The sky is still the limit.”

Air Commodore Paul Oborn and Group Captain Ian Tolfts in front of College Hall.


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