Logistics

Driver

RAF Drivers operate cars, minibuses, cranes and specialist vehicles to ensure RAF personnel and equipment are in the right place at the right time.

Typical Responsibilities:

  • Drive a range of vehicles over rough terrain on operational deployments or field exercises
  • Chauffeur VIPs, including Royal visitors, in and around RAF bases
  • Transport hazardous materials between units using Large Goods Vehicles

Similar civilian roles include Heavy goods vehicle driver, Chauffeur/VIP driver, Driving instructor, Coach/bus driver, Mobile crane operator, Driver of hazardous loads under ADR regulations or Forklift truck operator.

Royal Air Force - Regular & Reserve

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Key Facts

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Full Time
Regular

Initial pay after training

£18,125 + Benefits

Pay during training

£14,637 + Benefits

Entry level

Airmen/Airwomen

Commitment

12 Years

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Spare Time
Reserve

Initial pay after training

Day rates dependent on rank, role and experience

Entry level

Airmen/Airwomen

Commitment

27 days per year for 12 years minimum. Each year includes a 15 day block for general RAF training, which is taken over a two week period, and 12 days for additional/trade training, or training exercises.

 

The possibility of being deployed to a UK or overseas base for up to 6 months after the first year.

Locations

RAF Wittering, Cambridgeshire

RAF Northolt, Middlesex

RAF Benson, Oxfordshire

RAF Brize Norton, Oxfordshire

RAF Cosford, Shropshire

Aldergrove Flying Station, Co Antrim

RAF Woodvale, Merseyside

Cardiff, Glamorgan

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My Role

‘Without us, nothing and nobody goes anywhere. We supply a service for just about everyone, whether it’s a fire-fighter or a medic. The basic Driver duties include hospital runs, coach runs, and school trips, taking out detachments and driving Land Rovers in the field for the RAF Regiment on exercises.

When you first arrive on a station, you go out with a Corporal who familiarises you with all the different classes of vehicle they’ve got. Then you get involved with first-line servicing of vehicles – petrol, oil, water, tyre pressures. You are also given the opportunity to get your LGV licence.’

My Day

‘My job here at RAF Marham entails looking after the complete equipment schedule – that’s approximately 340 vehicles on the station – which means going out daily, inspecting them and making sure they are being maintained.’

Nick, Driver

Training

Royal Air Force - Regular & Reserve

Full Time
Regular

Initial Training

Your career will start with a 10 week Basic Recruit Training Course (BRTC) at RAF Halton in Buckinghamshire. The course is designed to help you adjust to a military environment. As well as fitness and military training, you’ll also learn about the RAF lifestyle you will also gain your Functional Skill in Mathematics and English.

Specialist Training

Your next step will be a specialist driving courses at the Defence School of Transport at Leconfield near Beverley in Yorkshire, which could take you up to four months. During this course you’ll be trained to pass your driving test in categories B, C, C+E and D; you’ll also learn additional military driving skills such as Load and Restraint, Off Road Driving and Skid Avoidance and Recovery Techniques as well as the procedures and regulations for carrying dangerous cargo (ADR). At the end of the course, you’ll get your first posting. You’ll have passed your driving tests (if you haven’t already done so before you join) and earned the SCOTVEC ADR Drivers Training Certificate for Carrying Dangerous Goods (ADR). You will also have gained a Level 2 in Functional Skills and in addition, you will be well on the way to achieving an Apprenticeship in Driving Large Goods Vehicles at level 2.

Ongoing Training/Development Opportunities

As your career progresses, we’ll continue to train you in new skills. After your first year, you’ll train to drive and operate a vast range of specialist vehicles ranging from airfield refuelling tankers to specialist airfield snow clearance and anti /de-icing equipment.

Your First Tour

For your first tour, you’ll probably be posted to an RAF base, where you’ll drive the vehicles for which you hold licences. Your tasks could include driving people to and from a local airport or railway station, or driving an RAF ambulance, for example to provide medical safety cover during routine flying operations. You’ll also have responsibility for some first-line vehicle maintenance – such as checking tyre pressures, oil and fluid levels and keeping the vehicles prepared to a high standard. You will also be given the opportunity to further advance your accreditation level within the Apprenticeship scheme.

Your Future Career Prospects/Progression

You will initially join the RAF for a period of twelve years on a Notice Engagement with effect from 1 April 2015. 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. You will be assigned a mentor to assist you with your Trade Ability Test. Further promotion to the rank of corporal and beyond is on merit by competitive selection and demonstration of your abilities in both driver and general service skills.

Transferable Skills

The qualifications you can earn are as valuable in the civilian world as they are in the RAF which means that whenever you decide to leave the RAF, you’ll be well placed to find a new job, for example:

• Large Goods Vehicle Driver (LGV Cat C+E (with full ADR)
• Petroleum Tanker Driver
• Vehicle Dispatch Clerk
• Chauffeur / VIP Driver
• Coach / Bus Driver
• Driver of Hazardous Loads under ADR regulations
• Fork Lift Operator
• Defence License Acquisition Instructor (At Cpl rank)
• Mobile Crane Driver / Operator (At Cpl rank)

Royal Air Force - Regular & Reserve

Spare Time
Reserve

Initial Training

Your training will start with a Basic Recruit Training Course (BRTC) consisting of 4 weekends at your chosen RAF Reserves Squadron, followed by a 15 day residential training course at RAF Halton in Buckinghamshire. This training course will prepare you for service life in one of the most respected military forces in the world; it is also designed to help you tune into the military environment and way of life. As well as military training, you will learn about the core values, code of conduct and history of the RAF, as well as its unique lifestyle.

Specialist Training

Your next step will be to undertake a selection of Basic Driver Training Courses; these courses could comprise Large Goods Vehicle (LGV) Category C (ridged truck), Category C + E truck and trailer combination (either drawbar or articulated), and/or Category D Passenger Carrying Vehicle (PCV – Coach up to 54 seats).

You will also undertake the military ‘White Fleet’ package and General Service (GS) Vehicle Module 1 & 2 driver packages including driving off road, learning convoy procedures and the military art of camouflage and concealment for vehicle activities.
In addition, you will study to earn the ADR Licence (Vocational Training Certificate for the carriage of Dangerous Goods by Road) administered by the Scottish Qualifications Authority (SQA).

These courses will give you a basic understanding of your role as a driver, which include transport procedures and regulations, vehicle loading and the handling of passengers and cargo. Successful completion of some of these courses will assist you in completing your Trade Ability Tests (TATs), and in subsequently achieving promotion to Leading Aircraftsman (LAC).

Specialist Driver Training

Once promoted to LAC, and depending on your civilian experience, with the Trade Sponsor’s dispensation you may be authorised to drive articulated LGVs and/or large coaches unsupervised; otherwise, you will be supervised by a JNCO until deemed competent. Once promoted to Senior Aircraftsman (SAC), driving these vehicles is routinely unsupervised. With experience and once holding the rank of SAC, you will progress onto more specialist platforms such as Battlefield Ambulance (BFA) Trauma Management Vehicle (TMV) Airfield Sweeper, Airfield Snow and Ice clearing and Anti-Icing equipment, Forklifts both Industrial and Rough Terrain, leading up to aircraft refuelling vehicles.

Ongoing Training/Development Opportunities

As your career progresses, you will continue to train and learn new skills. After further training courses, you will qualify to plan transport loads, calculate routes and distances using Drivers’ Hours and speed-distance calculations, operate in MT Control - which will afford you Fleet Management skills using the Management Information System ‘JAMES’. There are also opportunities for management and leadership training, and to complete an extensive range of additional driving courses, such as driving instruction, Defence Driving Examiner and Master Driver, all subject to rank progression.

Operational Flights

Within your Squadron there will be ‘Operational Flights’. Here you will consolidate your training on Flight weekends, either as an individual or as a member of a small team, by supporting your regular counterparts at your parent Station or at an operational Unit nearby. Other opportunities will be available during Squadron-initiated exercises or HQ AIR Cmd taskings, such as support to Air Shows or Range work. You will also have the opportunity to undertake taskings in support the RAF Transport Fleet worldwide.

Career Prospects/Progression

You will initially join the RAF Reserves for a period of 12 years. After approximately 2 years, and following successful completion of your basic Trade Ability Tests, you’ll be eligible for promotion to SAC. Further driver training, subject to recommendations from your Flight Commander, will make you eligible for promotion to the rank of Corporal and beyond; this is by competitive selection and subject to you obtaining positive annual appraisals.

Transferable Skills

The qualifications you will gain are as valuable in the civilian world as they are in the RAF Reserves, which means that whenever you decide to leave, you’ll be well placed to find a new job, for example:

• Large Goods Vehicle Driver (LGV CAT C, C+E)
• Petroleum Tanker Driver
• Vehicle Dispatch Clerk
• Chauffeur / VIP Driver
• Coach / Bus Driver Cat D
• Driver of Hazardous Loads under ADR regulations
• Fork Lift driver/operator
• Defence Licence Acquisition Instructor (at Cpl rank)
• ‘Appointed Person’ for Crane Lifting Operations

Requirements

Full Time
Regular

Job requirements

Qualifications:

You must have GCSEs at Grade G in English language and Mathematics or SCE Standard Grades at Grade 6/Scottish National 4 in English and Mathematics.

All RAF ground trade recruits (except Air Traffic Controller – Senior Non-Commissioned Officer) must have or gain Functional Skills (FS) qualifications in English and Mathematics to graduate from Recruit Training. Your first chance, to pass these tests’, if you don’t already have the necessary FS grades, will be at the Pre-Recruit Training Course. The level of FS qualifications you need to achieve depend on the trade you are applying for; as, Logistics (Driver), you will need to pass the Level 1 FS tests in Mathematics and English.  Even if you have other qualifications in Mathematics and English (like GCSE/SCEs), you will still have to take and pass the FS Mathematics and English tests.  Further information will be available from your local Armed Forces Careers Office.

Additional Requirement:

You must have at least a UK DVLA provisional driving licence. If you already have a full UK DVLA driving licence, you must not have any endorsed penalty points or a driving ban which would prevent you from holding an LGV licence if you are under the age of 21.  A maximum of 3 penalty points for Minor Traffic Offences such as speeding will be accepted for over 21 years of age.  A DR 10 to DR 30 conviction is not acceptable due to the limitations on the type of employment you will be able to undertake.

Age:

  • 17–29 (Must attest before 30th birthday)

RAF Requirements

To join the RAF you will also need to meet fitness, health, nationality, residency, and other criteria detailed below.

Spare Time
Reserve

Job requirements

Qualifications:

2 GCSEs/SCEs at Grade G/6 minimum or equivalent in English language and maths. A full UK DVLA driving licence is required. For candidates under 21 years old, this licence should be free from any record of conviction or penalty points, including any driving ban (even if it has been completed), as this precludes the holding of an LGV category licence until age 21. Candidates over the age of 21 years may be considered provided that they have no more than 3 unexpired penalty points.

Age:

  • 18 - 54.6

RAF Requirements

To join the RAF you will also need to meet fitness, health, nationality, residency, and other criteria detailed below.