Eligibility and Requirements for UAS

To join the RAF you’ll need to following criteria.

  • Be a full time student at an affiliated university - not foundation year students.

  • Have at least 5 terms left on your course.

  • Physically fit - Are able to pass an RAF fitness test.

  • British Citizen, British National for 5 years, Republic of Ireland Citizen.

  • British Citizens should normally have resided in the UK for the past 3 years.

  • Commonwealth Citizens should have resided in the UK for the past 5 years.

Fitness Test


  • Bleep test level 9.10

  • 20 press-ups in 1 minute

  • 35 sit-ups in 1 minute


  • Bleep test level 7.02

  • 10 press-ups in 1 minute

  • 32 sit-ups in 1 minute

Swimming test: swim 100m and tread water for minutes (for some AT activities)

Medical Criteria

Successful applicants will undertake a medical examination to the RAF Ground Branch Officer standard. Appointments will be arranged at a surgery local to their College wherever possible. The following criteria will preclude applicants from service (get in contact if you have further questions, and make note in the appropriate box below):

  • Allergies and Skin Disorders

  • Chest and Breathing Disorders

  • Diabetes

  • Drug/Alcohol Misuse

  • Epilepsy

  • Heart Disease

  • Nervous System Disorders

  • Psychiatric Disorders

  • Physical Disability

  • Vision Disorders

Note: Asthma, Hay fever and Migraine may also preclude entry to the RAF Volunteer Reserve.