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Logistics Officer

Logistics Officers manage the movement of the people, transport and equipment necessary to keep aircraft flying. They are the custodians of the supply chain in the UK, and on exercises and operations overseas.

Typical Responsibilities:

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

Similar civilian roles include: Supply Chain and Distribution Manager, Catering and Hospitality Manager, Airlift Operations Manager or IT Consultant Project Manager.

Royal Air Force - Regular & Reserve

RAF Regulars and Reserves work side by side.

Scroll down to explore the opportunities as a Logistics Officer in the RAF.

Key Facts

Full Time
Regular

Initial pay after training

£30,616 + Benefits

Pay during training

£25,727 + Benefits

Entry level

Officer

Commitment

Usual service

12 Years

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Spare Time
Reserve

Initial pay after training

Day rates dependent on rank, role and experience

Entry level

Only qualified ex-military commissioned personnel, are currently eligible for this role.

Commitment

27 days per year for 5 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

501 Sqn RAF Brize Norton, Oxfordshire
504 Sqn RAF Wittering, Cambridgeshire (Extremely Ltd Vacancies)
505 Sqn RAF St Mawgan, Newquay
600 Sqn RAF Northolt, Middlesex (Extremely Ltd Vacancies)
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)

Royal Air Force - Regular & Reserve

In the RAF

My Role

‘I’m based at RAF Lossiemouth in North East Scotland, as Officer Commanding Military Transport and Fuels Flight. I’m responsible for the leadership and management of about 100 service and civilian logistics personnel; a mixture of Drivers and Suppliers.


Our role is to support Station flying operations by providing a variety of transportation, including specialist vehicles. We are also responsible for the management of all fuel and lubricants to the Station and the refuelling of all fast jet aircraft based here. If we don’t do our job properly, aircraft can’t fly. It’s that simple.’

My Day

‘No two days are ever the same here, it’s a continuous challenge, but an enjoyable one which ensures I am constantly motivated. One of my weekly tasks involves checking the quality and quantity of the fuel stored in the bulk fuel installations to ensure the Station is holding enough of the right quality fuel. I also regularly review the Military Transport Fleet requirements to ensure we have the right vehicles at the right place in order to meet our commitments.


RAF Lossiemouth is home to 140 Expeditionary Air Wing (EAW), one of the RAF’s nine EAWs. At any one time the RAF has two EAWs on standby to deploy anywhere in the world so it’s important for us to be prepared.


My EAW role as Officer Commanding Deployed Supply Group is very different from my day-to-day job. This year we undertook an exercise where we tested the station’s ability to deploy and then operate from a hostile base environment. I was solely responsible for the logistical needs such aircraft spares, tents, clothing, fuel and military transport. It was a great experience and I can’t wait to do it for real.’

 

Maddie, Logistics Officer

Training

Royal Air Force - Regular & Reserve

Full Time
Regular

Initial Training

Like all our officers, you’ll begin your RAF career with Initial Officer Training (IOT) at the RAF College Cranwell in Lincolnshire.

You’ll 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. You can find out more information about IOT in this publication.

Specialist Training

After Initial Officer Training, you will undertake a 18-week specialist training course designed to give you a thorough grounding in logistics.  You will study supply chain management, fuels management, catering and hospitality, mobility (the function of preparing, deploying, sustaining and recovering RAF flying squadrons from overseas) and management topics such as project 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 or air movements as required by your new role.  Later in your career you may also opt to specialise in fuels management.

Your first tour

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 organizing 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 and 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.

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 training 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.

Royal Air Force - Regular & Reserve

Spare Time
Reserve

Reserve Officer Initial Training

After basic training, recruits go on to Reserve Officer Initial Training during their second year. This combines distance learning with residential weekends at the prestigious RAF College Cranwell in Lincolnshire. It also includes a two-week residential phase at Cranwell where Reserves mix with Regular Officers on their initial training. During this period you will gain the skills and knowledge to command and lead in military roles and beyond. 

Requirements

Full Time
Regular

Job requirements

Qualifications:

You will need a minimum of 5 GCSEs (or acceptable equivalents) at a minimum of Grade C (Grade 4 to 5 with effect from Aug 17) 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 64 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 (Grade 4 to 5 with effect from Aug 17), SCE at a minimum of Grade 2 or SNE at Grade 5.

Age:

  •  17.5-30 (Must enter IOT before 31st 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:

You will need a minimum of 5 GCSEs (or acceptable equivalents) at a minimum of Grade C (Grade 4 to 5 with effect from Aug 17) 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 (Grade 4 to 5 with effect from Aug 17), SCE at a minimum of Grade 2 or SNE at Grade 5.

Only qualified ex-military personnel, are currently eligible for this role.

Age:

18 – 54 (Must attest before 55th birthday – Ex Regulars over the age of 55 may be considered on a case by case basis)

RAF Requirements

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

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Full Time
Regular

Spare Time
Reserve