Logistics Logistics Officer CURRENTLY RECRUITING

As an RAF Logistics Officer, you will manage the movement of the people, transport and equipment necessary to keep aircraft flying. Logistics Officers are the custodians of the supply chain in the UK and on exercises and operations overseas.

Full-time regular Spare time reserve

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Pay During Initial Officer Training £27,200+ + Benefits

Pay after Initial Officer Training £31,800+ + Benefits

DAY RATES: DAY RATES ARE DEPENDENT ON ROLE, RANK AND EXPERIENCE

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APPLICANTS MUST:

  • Be aged 17.5 – 47 (Must attest before 48th birthday)
  • Have a GCSE Grade C/Grade 4-5 or SNE at Grade 5 in English Language, Maths and 3 other subjects
  • Have at least 2 A2-levels/ 3 Highers at Grade C or above (excluding General Studies or Critical Thinking) which must total at least 64 UCAS points
  • Be a citizen of the United Kingdom or the Republic of Ireland, or holder of dual UK/other nationality or Commonwealth Citizen
  • Commit to a minimum 12 years of service
  • Pass the Officer and Aircrew Selection Centre
  • Meet the health and fitness criteria
  • Pass a General Fitness Test

GREAT FOR THOSE INTERESTED IN:

  • Travelling the world
  • Helping people
  • Analysis and maths

APPLICANTS MUST:

  • Be aged 18 – 54 years old
  • Be qualified ex-military commissioned personnel
  • Be a UK, Republic of Ireland or Commonwealth citizen
  • Commit to 27 days per year
  • Meet the fitness and health criteria

GREAT FOR THOSE INTERESTED IN:

  • Travelling the world
  • Transport & Vehicles
  • Aircraft

Locations

501 Sqn RAF Brize Norton, Oxfordshire
504 Sqn RAF Wittering, Cambridgeshire (Extremely Ltd Vacancies)
505 Sqn RAF St Mawgan, Newquay
605 Sqn RAF Cosford (Extremely Ltd Vacancies)
606 Sqn RAF Benson, Oxfordshire (Extremely Ltd Vacancies)
607 Sqn RAF Leeming, Northallerton (Extremely Ltd Vacancies)
611 Sqn RAF Woodvale, Merseyside (Extremely Ltd Vacancies)
614 Sqn Cardiff, Glamorgan
4624 Sqn RAF Brize Norton, Oxfordshire (Extremely Ltd Vacancies)

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WHAT WILL YOU DO?

TYPICAL RESPONSIBILITIES

  • Purchase and store equipment and fuel
  • Operate IT systems that manage RAF logistics
  • Organise global distribution by road, sea and air

As a Logistics Officer, you will be a leader responsible for the management of a high number of service and civilian logistics personnel, a mixture of Drivers and Suppliers.  Your role will be to support Station flying operations by providing a variety of transportation, including specialist vehicles. You will also be responsible for the management of all fuel and lubricants to the Station and the refuelling of all fast jet aircraft based there. You will manage elements of the whole supply chain including the purchasing and storage of equipment and fuel; logistics IT management systems; and global distribution by road, sea and air. You will be responsible for organising the airlift of equipment and troops worldwide and for delivering catering and hospitality services to the RAF, both in the UK and overseas.

Within your first couple of years, you could travel overseas for anything from a few days to a few months, either in support of operations or on exercise. You would gain experience at one of our UK flying stations or within an Air Combat Service Support Unit such as our Air Mobility Wing, Tactical Supply Wing, Expeditionary Logistics Squadron, Mobile Catering Squadron or Mechanical Transport Squadron, all of which provide essential overseas logistic support to air operations.

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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INITIAL TRAINING

Like all our officers, you will begin your RAF career with Initial Officer Training (IOT) at the RAF College Cranwell in Lincolnshire. You will follow a challenging 24-week course designed to develop your leadership and management skills. The course includes fitness development, military training and academic study as well as practical outdoor leadership challenges.

SPECIALIST TRAINING

Specialist training is delivered during Logistics Officer Training (LOT) at RAF Halton in Buckinghamshire. You will undertake an 18-week specialist training course designed to give you a thorough grounding in logistics. You will study supply chain management, fuels management, transport management, catering and hospitality, mobility (the function of preparing, deploying, sustaining and recovering RAF flying squadrons from overseas) and management topics such as Quality management, personnel management, change management and contract management. You could also gain a BSc in Logistics Management (accredited by the Chartered Institute of Logistics and Transport (CILT)) by successfully passing the course and completing five assignments. Following successful completion of this course you will be posted on your first tour, undertaking further training in catering management, transport management, fuels management or mobility, as required by your new role. Later in your career you may also opt to specialise in a number of specialisations including air movements or fuels management.

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FOUNDATION TOUR

Logistics Officers will enjoy a diverse, varied and operationally focused career, whilst being part of an active Branch community with a strong identity. On your first tour, you will probably be a Flight Commander on a flying station. From your first day, you could be responsible for leading a Flight of up to 120 personnel.

Your responsibilities could include: providing the equipment and aviation fuel to keep fast jets flying; delivering catering and hospitality services; providing drivers for all kinds of vehicles; and organising the deployment of station personnel and equipment overseas by air and sea.

YOUR CAREER PROSPECTS

You will join the RAF on an Initial Commission of 12 years, but you can leave before this point with a minimum return of service post your specialist training. You may be selected to serve on a pension earning commission of 20 years service or age 40, whichever is the later, during this time. Promotion to the rank of Flight Lieutenant is on a time served/satisfactory service basis after 3½ years from completing IOT. Further promotion to Squadron Leader and above is by competitive selection. Whatever rank you achieve, you will have the opportunity to enjoy an incredibly exciting and rewarding career, both in the RAF and within the wider UK Defence community.

ONGOING DEVELOPMENT

As a Logistics Officer, you will have extensive opportunities for further professional and personal development throughout your career. You will receive instruction on command and staff roles and will have the opportunity to undertake numerous adventurous training activities such as climbing, skiing and diving. Later on in your career, you may also have the opportunity to gain a Masters qualification.

TRANSFERABLE SKILLS

RAF Logistic Officers gain a wealth of commercially-attractive experience and skills. This makes them highly sought after by civilian employers. Logistics Officers leaving the RAF will have acquired senior positions in management, procurement, aviation operations, transport management, logistics and distribution, catering and hospitality, supply chain management and project management.

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 citizen of the United Kingdom or the Republic of Ireland, or holder of dual UK/other nationality.

Be between 17.5 and 47 years old (Must attest before 48th birthday).

ALL APPLICANTS MUST:

Be a citizen of the United Kingdom or the Republic of Ireland, or holder of dual UK/other nationality.

Be between 18 and 54 years old (Must attest before 55th birthday – Ex Regulars over the age of 55 may be considered on a case by case basis). Be qualified ex-military commissioned personnel.

EDUCATION REQUIREMENTS

GCSEGCSE 2017SNE
MathematicsCGrade 4Grade 5
English LanguageCGrade 4Grade 5
Three other subjectsCGrade 4Grade 5

In addition, you need at least 2 A2 Levels/3 Highers at Grade C or above (excluding General Studies or Critical Thinking) which must total a minimum of 64 UCAS points.

Alternatively, if you hold a UK degree at Grade 2:2 or higher (or acceptable alternative) you only need Mathematics and English Language GCSEs at a minimum of Grade C or Mathematics and English Language SCE Standard Grades of 2 or SNE Grade 5.

You can see what the RAF accepts in lieu of GCSEs & A Levels here

NATIONALITY & RESIDENCY

Be a citizen of the United Kingdom or the Republic of Ireland, or holder of dual UK/other nationality or have been a Commonwealth citizen since birth.

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 will be considered.

Following the MOD announcement that the UK Armed Forces will now be able to recruit commonwealth citizens without the 5 year residency requirement, please note that the RAF continues to apply standard residency requirements for security clearance,  ie, DV employment requires 7-years UK residency immediately prior to enlistment; SC requires 3-years.

Further details about Commonwealth applications can be found here.

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:
AGE2.4 Km RunMulti-Stage Fitness TestPress-upsSit-ups
(Mins)(Score)(No.)(No.)
15-1611.399.032035
17-2911.119.102035
30-3411.369.041932
35-39128.091829
40-4412.268.031726
45-4712.547.071623

FEMALES - 100% pass rates:
AGE2.4 Km RunMulti-Stage Fitness TestPress-upsSit-ups
(Mins)(Score)(No.)(No.)
15-1613.546.071032
17-2913.237.021032
30-3413.476.08929
35-3914.136.04826
40-4414.485.08723
45-4715.195.04620

You can see the protocols for Press Ups & Sit Ups here:

PJFT/PRTC Protocols

You can download an MP3 file of the Multi-Stage Fitness Test below, listen to the introduction file first:

RAF MSFT: Intro

RAF MSFT: Bleep Test

You can see a video demonstration of the PRTC Fitness Test here:

RAF Fitness Test

A 12-week fitness plan with detailed information to help you get ready for all of the fitness tests can be downloaded here.

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. 
    Any permanent or temporary tattoos, whether ordinarily visible or not, must not be obscene or offensive (eg, racist, anti-religion or belief, crude, overtly sexist, homophobic, drug related or of an extreme political nature). Tattoos may be worn on the side and back of the neck but tattoos on the back of the neck must not extend above the natural hairline (scalp tattoos are not permitted). In addition, tattoos must not be visible below the sleeve cuff while wearing uniform, although a single finger (not thumb) tattoo that could be covered by a ring may be permitted
  • Have body piercing which causes holes that do not close up
  • Declare yourself to be an 'undischarged' bankrupt

Beard Policy: A revised facial hair policy has been agreed by the Air Force Board which will allow serving personnel to wear a smart, neatly-trimmed, full-set beard whilst maintaining high standards of appearance. The length of acceptable beards is between Grade 1 (2.5mm) and Grade 8 (25.5mm). The wearing of beards during Phase 1 and Phase 2 training is currently under consideration and details will be advised when available

EDUCATION REQUIREMENTS

You will need a minimum of 5 GCSEs (or acceptable equivalents) at a minimum of Grade C or 5 Scottish Certificate of Education (SCE) Standard Grades at a minimum of Grade 2 or 5 Scottish National Equivalent (SNE) Grades at Grade 5, including English Language and Mathematics.

In addition, you need at least 2 A2 Levels/3 Highers at Grade C or above (excluding General Studies or Critical Thinking) which must total a minimum of 160 UCAS points.

Alternatively, if you hold a UK degree at Grade 2:2 or higher (or acceptable alternative), you only need English Language and Mathematics GCSEs at a minimum of Grade C, SCE at a minimum of Grade 2 or SNE at Grade 5.

You can see what the RAF accepts in lieu of GCSEs & A Levels here.

NATIONALITY & RESIDENCY

Be a citizen of the United Kingdom or the Republic of Ireland, or holder of dual UK/other 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 Limits2.4 Km Run (Minutes)Multi-Stage Fitness Test (Level)Press-ups (Number)Sit-ups (Number)
15-1611.399.032035
17-2911.119.102035
30-3411.369.041932
35-3912.008.091829
40-4412.268.031726
45-4912.547.071623
50-5413.277.011520
FEMALES
Age Limits2.4 Km Run(Minutes)Multi-Stage Fitness Test (Level)Press-ups (Number)Sit-ups (Number)
15-1613.546.071032
17-2913.237.021032
30-3413.476.08929
35-3914.136.04826
40-4414.485.08723
45-4915.195.04620
50-5415.534.09517

HEALTH REQUIREMENTS

BEFORE YOUR APPLICATION:

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

  • Body Mass Index requirements:

Calculate your BMI now, click here.

  • 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.

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.

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. 
    Any permanent or temporary tattoos, whether ordinarily visible or not, must not be obscene or offensive (eg, racist, anti-religion or belief, crude, overtly sexist, homophobic, drug related or of an extreme political nature). Tattoos may be worn on the side and back of the neck but tattoos on the back of the neck must not extend above the natural hairline (scalp tattoos are not permitted). In addition, tattoos must not be visible below the sleeve cuff while wearing uniform, although a single finger (not thumb) tattoo that could be covered by a ring may be permitted
  • Have body piercing which causes holes that do not close up
  • Declare yourself to be an 'undischarged' bankrupt

Beard Policy: A revised facial hair policy has been agreed by the Air Force Board which will allow serving personnel to wear a smart, neatly-trimmed, full-set beard whilst maintaining high standards of appearance. The length of acceptable beards is between Grade 1 (2.5mm) and Grade 8 (25.5mm). The wearing of beards during Phase 1 and Phase 2 training is currently under consideration and details will be advised when available

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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