Logistics Driver

As an RAF Driver, you will operate many vehicle types, from cars and minibuses to cranes, articulated trucks, coaches and specialist vehicles (such as aircraft refuellers) to ensure RAF personnel, equipment and commodities are in the right place at the right time.

Full-time regular Spare time reserve

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PAY DURING TRAINING £15,200+ + Benefits

Initial pay after training £18,800+ + Benefits

DAY RATE STARTS AT: £37.12 + Benefits

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APPLICANTS MUST:

  • Be aged 17 – 29 years old
  • Have a GCSE Grade G/Grade 1-3 or SCE Standard grades at Grade 6/Scottish National 4 in English Language and Maths
  • Be a citizen of the United Kingdom or the Republic of Ireland, holder of dual UK/other nationality or have been a Commonwealth citizen since birth
  • To meet RAF residency requirements, you should have been a UK Resident for a minimum of five years immediately preceding application, and have spent no more than 28 days per year outside the UK within those five years. UK residents of less than five years, or those who have spent more than 28 days per year outside the UK will require more eligibility checks.
  • Commit to minimum 3 years post Phase Two Training
  • Have a UK DVLA provisional driving licence with no penalty points or driving bans
  • Meet the fitness and health criteria
  • Pass the Airman Selection Test
  • Pass a General Fitness Test

GREAT FOR THOSE INTERESTED IN:

  • Travelling the world
  • Transport & Vehicles
  • Helping people

Apprenticeships available

Intermediate Apprenticeship in Driving Goods Vehicles

APPLICANTS MUST:

  • Be aged 18 – 54 years old
  • Have GCSE at Grade G/1-3 or SCE Standard Grades at Grade 6/Scottish National 4 in English Language and Maths
  • Be a UK, Republic of Ireland or Commonwealth citizen
  • Commit 27 days per year for 12 years minimum
  • Meet the fitness and health criteria
  • Pass the Airman Selection Test
  • Pass a General Fitness Test

GREAT FOR THOSE INTERESTED IN:

  • Gaming & Computers
  • Building and Problem solving
  • Travelling the world

Locations

501 Sqn RAF Brize Norton, Oxfordshire
502 Sqn Aldergrove Flying Station, Co Antrim
504 Sqn RAF Wittering, Cambridgeshire
600 Sqn RAF Northolt, Middlesex
602 Sqn Glasgow
605 Sqn RAF Cosford, Shropshire
606 Sqn RAF Benson, Oxfordshire
607 Sqn RAF Leeming, Northallerton
611 Sqn RAF Woodvale, Merseyside
614 Sqn Cardiff, Glamorgan

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WHAT WILL YOU DO?

TYPICAL RESPONSIBILITIES

  • Drive a range of vehicles throughout the UK, Europe and on worldwide operational deployment or field exercises, both on roads and over rough terrain
  • Train and operate specialist vehicles supporting the RAF’s airfields in the UK and deployed worldwide
  • Transport personnel and goods (incl. hazardous materials) between units using Large Goods Vehicles, coaches and Troop Carrying Vehicles

As an RAF Driver, your duties will be wide and varied.  They will include driving vehicles for various administrative journeys, such as the transportation of personnel, including VIPs, equipment and hazardous materials throughout the UK and Europe using cars, coaches, Troop Carrying Vehicles, rigid and articulated freight carrying vehicles.  You will also support the RAF’s operational deployments and exercises worldwide using the vehicles already mentioned as well as driving anything from ambulances (with medical support) supporting field firing exercises, to refueling aircraft using tankers or maintaining airfield operations using specialist airfield support vehicles.  Within your first few years, you will probably be detached overseas for anything from a few days to up to several months.  As a specialist and professional vocational driver, you will be expected to maintain the highest standards of dress, deportment and driving technique, you will need to be able to work as part of a team, whilst having the capability and confidence to work and make decisions independently.  Full training and support package is available to the Logistics Driver throughout their career.

WHY JOIN THE RAF?

Thanks to subsidised food, travel, accommodation and free gym you get more money in your pocket.

Salary
Benefits Salary
Civilian Role
RAF Role
  • Rent from £75p/m
  • Free gym
  • Subsidised food
  • Health care
  • World travel
  • 6 weeks holiday

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WHY JOIN THE RESERVES?

The skills you acquire as a Reserve won’t just prepare you for the RAF, they will enhance your work and civilian life.

You might be called up to assist with our operations worldwide for up to six months, during which you may be able to claim a pay award to cover your and your employer’s costs.

  • Training
  • Free gym
  • Subsidised food
  • Paid pension
  • Paid holiday

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TRAINING AND CAREER

TRAINING YOU’LL RECEIVE

Your career will start with a 10-week Basic Recruit Training Course 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.

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. At the end of the course, you’ll get your first posting. You’ll have passed your driving tests (if you haven’t already passed some before you join) and earned the Vocational Training Certificate for the Carriage of Dangerous Goods by Road (ADR). You will also have gained, or be working towards, 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.

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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
  • Fork Lift Operator
  • Mobile Crane Driver/Operator
  • Airfield Specialist Vehicle driver/operator
  • Driver Trainer of many different vehicles and specialisations
  • Transport Operator
  • Transport and Fleet Management

TRAINING AND CAREER

INITIAL TRAINING

Your training will start with a Basic Recruit Training Course consisting of 4 weekends at your chosen RAF Reserves Squadron, followed by a 15-day residential training course at RAF Halton in Buckinghamshire. 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 Category C (ridged truck), Category C + E truck and trailer combination (either drawbar or articulated), and/or Category D Passenger Carrying Vehicle (Coach up to 54 seats).

You will also undertake the military ‘White Fleet’ package and General Service 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.

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, and in subsequently achieving promotion to Leading Aircraftsman.

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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 vehicles and/or large coaches unsupervised; otherwise, you will be supervised until deemed competent. Once promoted to Senior Aircraftsman, driving these vehicles is routinely unsupervised. With experience and once holding the rank of Senior Aircraftsman, you will progress onto more specialist platforms such as Battlefield Ambulance, Trauma Management Vehicle, 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. 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, 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 Senior Aircraftsman. 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
  • Fork Lift driver/operator
  • Defence Licence Acquisition Instructor
  • ‘Appointed Person’ for Crane Lifting Operations

Commitment and location

You will have to commit to 27 days per year for 12 years minimum.


Each year includes a 15-day block for general RAF training, and 12 separate days for extra training or exercises.


You might be deployed to a UK or overseas base for up to 6 months after the first year.

ENTRY REQUIREMENTS

ALL APPLICANTS MUST:

Be a UK national or UK/other dual nationality and be between 17 and 29 years old.

ALL APPLICANTS MUST:

Be a UK national or UK/other dual nationality and be between 18 and 54 years old.

EDUCATION REQUIREMENTS

Have these minimum grades:

  GCSE GCSE 2017 SNE
Mathematics G Grade 1-3 Grade 4
English Language G Grade 1-3 Grade 4

 

NATIONALITY & RESIDENCY

You must be a UK national or UK/other dual nationality.

Whether or not you were born in the United Kingdom, you should have resided there for the 5 years immediately preceding your application. However, candidates with a minimum of 3 years may be considered.

FITNESS REQUIREMENTS

You must be physically fit to complete both initial and specialist training, and to do your role effectively. To check your fitness levels, we put every candidate through two or three separate fitness tests as part of the application process: Selection Fitness Test, Pre-joining Fitness Test or Pre-recruit Training Course.
How fit you need to be to pass these tests can vary depending on role, age and gender.

MALES - 100% pass rates:
AGE 2.4 Km Run Multi-Stage Fitness Test Press-ups Sit-ups
  (Mins) (Score) (No.) (No.)
15-16 11.39 9.03 20 35
17-29 11.11 9.1 20 35
30-34 11.36 9.04 19 32
35-39 12 8.09 18 29
40-44 12.26 8.03 17 26

 

FEMALES - 100% pass rates:
AGE 2.4 Km Run Multi-Stage Fitness Test Press-ups Sit-ups
  (Mins) (Score) (No.) (No.)
15-16 13.54 6.07 10 32
17-29 13.23 7.02 10 32
30-34 13.47 6.08 9 29
35-39 14.13 6.04 8 26
40-44 14.48 5.08 7 23

HEALTH REQUIREMENTS

BEFORE YOUR APPLICATION:

There are health requirements that must be met by all applicants:

  • Body Mass Index requirements:
Age Male and female minimum Male and female maximum Male maximum with additional assessment Female maximum with additional assessment
18 + 18 28 32 30
16 to < 18 17 27 27 27
  • Eyesight requirements vary for different roles. A requirement to wear glasses or contact lenses may be allowed for aircrew.

Get in touch if you have any questions about the health criteria, or would like to find out if any additional health requirements apply to your role of interest.

DURING YOUR APPLICATION:

The Medical Risk Assessment that all candidates undergo is there to make sure that you are healthy enough for the intense training required by the RAF. Your application will be rejected if you fail to meet the minimum acceptable medical standard for entry. Your medical history is confidential and is not disclosed to those not authorised to hold this information.

BACKGROUND CHECKS

YOU MUST:

  • Declare any previous spent and unspent convictions
  • Check if you qualify under the Rehabilitation of Offenders Act 1974 through this summary
  • Have a basic background check to get Security Check level clearance

DISQUALIFYING FACTORS

YOU CAN'T APPLY FOR THE RAF IF YOU:

  • Have been or are a member of a group that stirs up racial hatred and violence
  • Are waiting to appear in court, or have unspent convictions. You may also have to declare spent convictions for certain roles
  • Misuse drugs, solvents and anabolic steroids. But each case is considered upon its own merits
  • Have tattoos, brands or bead implants that are obscene or offensive. All tattoos must not be visible above the neck collar or below the sleeve cuff while wearing uniform
  • Have body piercing which causes holes that do not close up
  • Declare yourself to be an 'undischarged' bankrupt

EDUCATION REQUIREMENTS

Have these minimum grades:

  GCSE GCSE 2017 SNE
Mathematics C Grade 4 Grade 5
English Language C Grade 4 Grade 5
(preferably) Science or Technology C Grade 4 Grade 5

find a list of the approved subjects here

NATIONALITY & RESIDENCY

You must be a UK national or UK/other dual nationality.

Whether or not you were born in the United Kingdom, you should have resided there for the 5 years immediately preceding your application. However, candidates with a minimum of 3 years may be considered.

FITNESS REQUIREMENTS

You must be physically fit to complete both initial and specialist training, and to do your role effectively. To check your fitness levels, we put every candidate through a Pre-joining Fitness Test. 
How fit you need to be to pass this test can vary depending on role, age and gender.

MALES
Age Limits 2.4 Km Run (Minutes) Multi-Stage Fitness Test (Level) Press-ups (Number) Sit-ups (Number)
15-16 11.39 9.03 20 35
17-29 11.11 9.10 20 35
30-34 11.36 9.04 19 32
35-39 12.00 8.09 18 29
40-44 12.26 8.03 17 26
45-49 12.54 7.07 16 23
50-54 13.27 7.01 15 20
FEMALES
Age Limits 2.4 Km Run(Minutes) Multi-Stage Fitness Test (Level) Press-ups (Number) Sit-ups (Number)
15-16 13.54 6.07 10 32
17-29 13.23 7.02 10 32
30-34 13.47 6.08 9 29
35-39 14.13 6.04 8 26
40-44 14.48 5.08 7 23
45-49 15.19 5.04 6 20
50-54 15.53 4.09 5 17

HEALTH REQUIREMENTS

BEFORE YOUR APPLICATION:

There are health requirements that must be met by all applicants:

  • Body Mass Index requirements:
Age Male and female minimum Male and female maximum Male maximum with additional assessment Female maximum with additional assessment
18 + 18 28 32 30
16 to < 18 17 27 27 27
  • Eyesight requirements vary for different roles. A requirement to wear glasses or contact lenses may be allowed for aircrew.

Get in touch if you have any questions about the health criteria, or would like to find out if any additional health requirements apply to your role of interest.

DURING YOUR APPLICATION:

The Medical Risk Assessment that all candidates undergo is there to make sure that you are healthy enough for the intense training required by the RAF. Your application will be rejected if you fail to meet the minimum acceptable medical standard for entry. Your medical history is confidential and is not disclosed to those not authorised to hold this information.

BACKGROUND CHECKS

YOU MUST:

  • Declare any previous spent and unspent convictions
  • Check if you qualify under the Rehabilitation of Offenders Act 1974 through this summary
  • Have a basic background check to get Security Check level clearance

DISQUALIFYING FACTORS

YOU CAN'T APPLY FOR THE RAF IF YOU:

  • Have been or are member of a group that stirs up racial hatred and violence
  • Are waiting to appear in court, or have unspent convictions. You may also have to declare spent convictions for certain roles
  • Misuse drugs, solvents and anabolic steroids. But each case is considered upon its own merits
  • Have tattoos, brands or bead implants that are obscene or offensive. All tattoos must not be visible above the neck collar or below the sleeve cuff while wearing uniform
  • Have body piercing which causes holes that do not close up
  • Declare yourself to be an 'undischarged' bankrupt

If you don’t have any of the above, you might still be able to apply. For more information contact your local AFCO.

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