RAF Intelligence Analyst - Higher Apprenticeship in Intelligence Operations - Higher (Level 4)

Royal Air Force RAF (Employer)

Ministry of Defence (Training Provider)

Annual wage £15,670.00 to £53,197.00
37.0 hours per week Depending on the role and section you're posted to, you could be working 8-5 Mon-Fri or working shifts 24/7. Total hours per week: 37.00 Total hours per week: 37.00
104 weeks (duration)
2 December 2020(start date)
Intelligence Analyst (apprenticeship standard)
1 December 2020 (application closing date)
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Job Description

As an RAF Intelligence Analyst, you will use state-of-the-art technologies to collect and interpret information, providing vital intelligence, which makes a direct and timely impact to operations around the world.


Intelligence is collected from multiple sources, including aerial and satellite imagery and foreign communications. This happens 24 hours a day, 7 days a week. Analysts are required to collect, collate and evaluate masses of information to create actionable intelligence reports and threat assessments.

  • As an Intelligence Analyst (Int An) you could produce current operational intelligence reports and briefings, or even assist a Squadron Intelligence Officer on a frontline flying squadron by providing tactical mission support to aircrew
  • Collect, collate and evaluate intelligence from multiple sources
  • Monitor and analyse radio and electronic transmissions broadcast throughout the world
  • Analyse and interpret aerial or satellite imagery using high tech systems
  • Disseminate tailored Intelligence to commanders, aircrew or troops on the ground

The opportunities available to you as an Int An are greatly varied, making this a particularly broad and interesting role.

The contribution you will make will be vital to operational success, and you will often be the person at the front; assisting the senior commander in making key decisions on aspects of a military operation. Very early on in your career you will have a high-level of responsibility.

Future Prospects

After completing one year’s total service you will be eligible for promotion to Senior Aircraftman, providing you pass a Trade Ability Test and Basic Trade Training. Further promotion to the rank of Corporal and beyond is by competitive selection once you have successfully completed FT and vacancies become available. Later in their careers established Int Ans may consider applying for commissioning as Intelligence Officers in the Intelligence Branch.

If selected for the IMINT specialisation you will complete either the Defence Imagery Intelligence Analysis Course (DIIAC) at Chicksands, Bedfordshire. Following this course, your duties will mainly concern the production of imagery-derived intelligence and target materials. This work requires a combination of visual-cognitive skills, intellectual attributes and practical abilities. On some units the task requires detailed research into specialised subjects in order to assemble complex written reports and illustrative materials. On other units the task requires rapid mental and practical work to produce written reports under strict time constraints.

If selected for the SIGINT specialisation you will complete one or more courses at SIGINT Wing, DSI, JITG Chicksands. The syllabus will depend on the current operational requirements but could include modules covering Electronic Warfare and the latest computer assisted search receivers for the analysis of more complex and technically demanding communications systems.

If selected for the ELINT specialisation you will complete courses that include modules in Weapon Systems and appropriate computer applications for the analysis of radar emissions.


Skills Required

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Qualities Required

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Qualifications Required

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Training Provided

A 14-week course in the fundamentals of Air Intelligence at the Air Intelligence Wing, Chicksands, Bedfordshire. This course is designed to train you in Operational Intelligence (OPINT). It will give you a good understanding of the sources of intelligence, such as imagery and communications, and the techniques for processing that intelligence. You will also develop the skills to disseminate it effectively, either through written or graphical means or by delivering an intelligence briefing.

The course also covers the roles of UK intelligence organisations such as GCHQ, and the RAF intelligence structure. It will also introduce you to the worlds of electronic warfare and electronic intelligence. You will learn about IT applications, research techniques, military mapping and you will consolidate your training through a final exercise to put all your new skills into practice. On successful completion of the course, you will graduate as a Leading Aircraftman/woman (LAC) and be posted to your first tour of duty.

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About the employer

The Royal Air Force is the United Kingdom's aerial warfare force.

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