Additional Duties Commitment Vacancy

Drop Zone Safety Officer - Parachute Training School - RAF Brize Norton

The JPA Number(s) for this vacancy: 1909408

Unit / Establishment / Location: RAF Brize Norton
Rank: Warrant Officer
Trade: Physical Training Instructor
Terms: Additional Duties Commitment

A vacancy has arisen for a Warrant Officer (PTI) to serve as a Drop Zone Safety Officer at within Parachute Training School at RAF Brize Norton on Additional Duties Commitment (ADC) Terms and Conditions of Service, with an initial proposed start date being 3 July 2017.

The role is to ensure that training delivered by ADW PJIs is to the appropriate standards and that it meets the requirement of FLCs in accordance with Assessment Strategies and Formal Training Statements.

The individual is responsible for:

  • The initial and continued professional development of all PJI and supporting parachute instructors.
  • Maintaining up to the moment awareness of current parachuting drills and procedures in order to deliver instructor training events to ensure standardisation of training delivery.
  • Manage and oversee the training and monitoring of ADW personnel engaged in the delivery of training iaw JSP 822 part 1 Chapter 4 Defence Trainer Capability to include:
  • Ensuring ADW trainers (Including PES Trg & Stds Cell) are monitored iaw ADW IM policy dated Mar 16.  Including management of reports, database and further training requirement issues.
  • Ensuring ADW trainers are DSAT qualified iaw JSP822 to conduct trainer duties i.e. DTTTv3 (for phase 3 trainers, or current minimum qualification), and have appropriate Defence Trainer Supervisors, and Defence Trainer Managers and  Commanding Officer of Training Environments to manage and oversee this process.
  • Where required liaising with HQ 22 (Trg) Pol, AM Fce TRA ‘mil Para’ or ‘24 Sqn OC D Flt’ on any trainer issues which might effect ADW training policy.
  • Assisting in the design and production of Formal Training Statements (FTS) and Assessment Strategies (AS).
  • Monitor and assist the PDS Training Supervisor in his duties.
  • Maintaining internal databases recording competencies on the ADW competency database.
  • Ensuring recommendations from Service and Unit Inquiries where they impact upon trg activity are staffed and implemented to the relevant ADW ORPs.
  • Attend ADW Unit Flight Safety Action Meetings, Training Panels, DASOR Review Boards and Duty Holder Boards as directed by OC PDS.

Additional requirements:

  • Maintain military parachuting high and low level competencies and despatching categorisations.
  • Conduct Local Examiner duties (as authorised by PJI WO STANEVAL)

Eligibility and Period of Service. 

Unless already enlisted in the Reserve Air Forces the successful applicant will be required to be enlisted in the RAFR with a liability for call-out for permanent service.

The appointment is on ADC (180 days) TCoS in accordance with AP 3392 Vol 7 Leaflet 105 for an initial period of up to 5 years.

Confirmation of appointment will depend on successful completion of a RAF Medical Board.  Personnel who do not meet the Age/Permanent Joint Medical Employment Standard (PJMES) may apply for the appointment but will only be considered subject to an executive waiver process on a case by case basis.

Candidates who have been out of regular or reserve service for more than 5 years[1] may be considered for this appointment; however, not on promotion. Furthermore, prior approval must be sought from the relevant Branch & Trade Advisor in order to confirm current and past experience prior to being invited to interview.

Personnel currently serving in the Regular Royal Air Force should be mindful of the current Early Termination Minimum Waiting Time (MWT) for their respective Rank, Branch/Trade and ensure this MWT is compatible with the post sponsors proposed start date, prior to applying.

Pension Issues.  Personnel who qualify for a service pension should take financial advice from Defence Business Services (DBS) Pensions Department on the effect that undertaking reserve service has on their pension (details can be found on the JPA splash screen). Additional guidance can also be found in JSP 765 and the following links and Of particular note is reference to the ‘Effect of Re-employment on Commutation’.

Individual Reinforcement Training (IRT) (Module 1) and RAF Fitness Test (RAFFT).  Reserve personnel are required to maintain currency in IRT and the RAFFT iaw the relevant TCoS.  The successful applicant will be expected to undertake IRT and the RAFFT within 6 months of commencing employment.

Annual Salary and Leave.  Pay will be in accordance with the pay scales published for the reserve air forces ADC personnel are eligible for annual leave and public holidays in accordance with AP 3392 Vol 7 Leaflet 105 and JSP 760.

Accommodation. Personnel serving on FTRS TCoS are eligible to Single Living Accommodation (SLA) if available, at entitled rates, if serving within the Air Command TLB.

[1] Should a candidate be selected who has been out of the Service greater than 5 years, the P2/P3 recruitment pack will not be despatched until the Bespoke Training Form has been completed and endorsed by HQ 22 Trg Gp (Director General Training) and SO1 Reserves Support.


Applicants should meet the following criteria.


  • Must either have been, or currently be, a Warrant Officer (PTI) or a Flight Sergeant (PTI) PJI eligible for promotion in accordance with AP 3392 Vol 2 Leaflet 560 and AP 3376 Vol 1.
  • Have obtained the QPJI Competency.
  • Experience and exposure to all Military Parachuting Instructional Competencies.
  • Experience and exposure to all Military Parachuting Despatching Competencies.
  • Experience and exposure to all Military Parachuting Competences.


  • Experience and exposure to the UKSF Gp and the utilisation of the equipment detailed in the Military Parachuting APs.
  • Recent exposure and understanding of the Defence Systems Approach to Training with particular application of Military Parachuting.

Selection process

A Selection Board will carry out a rigorous selection process for this post, based principally on an applicant’s last 3 appraisal reports as required.  Telephone enquiries concerning this vacancy should be made to:

Squadron Leader Hamish Pearson
Civ - 01993 897533
Mob - 07717 693019


Candidate applications, with a maximum 2 page CV (to include copies of last 3 appraisal reports as required) should be sent to:

Squadron Leader H Pearson
ADW 2ic
RAF Brize Norton
OX18 3LX

Closing date

The closing date for applications is: 19/04/2017