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Royal Air Force (RAF) airmen and airwomen provide front line reconnaissance and air support for other branches of the Armed Forces as well as carrying out their own objectives. The range of roles and careers within the Royal Air Force is truly vast and ranges from the obvious such as aircrew right down to pilot trainers.
General roles of airmen and airmen include guard duties, military exercises and training. Those that proceed further in the career will take part in all three and will specialise in at least one.
The importance of the RAF cannot be underestimated and neither can the Airmen and Women make this contribution possible. They are needed for engineering, piloting, security, medical support, personnel, communication and intelligence.
Whilst the role is considered broadly 9am – 5pm those overseas or with specialist training will work much longer hours and could be away from home for considerable amounts of time.