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.
Your next step will be a Basic Movements Training (BMT) specialist-training course at 4624 Squadron, which lasts for 10 months. This course will give you a basic understanding of your role as a Logistics Mover, which includes transport procedures and regulations, aircraft loading and the handling of passengers and cargo. On graduation from this course you will be promoted to Leading Aircraftman (LAC).
Ongoing Training/Development Opportunities
As your career progresses, we will continue to train you in new skills. After further training courses, you will qualify to plan aircraft loads, calculate weights and balances and handle dangerous cargo. There are also opportunities for management and leadership training and to complete a range of driving qualifications.
On successful completion of your BMT course you will be posted on to the Operational Flights. Here you will consolidate your training on Flight weekends and your 15 days’ Annual Continuous Training. You will regularly work alongside your full-time counterparts, gaining valuable ‘live’ airframe experience, handling a wide variety of transport aircraft, cargo and passengers. You will also have frequent opportunities to travel abroad in RAF aircraft as part of mobile tasking teams in support of defence exercises worldwide. Fully trained personnel can expect to be mobilised in support of UK Operations.
You will initially join the RAF Reserves for a period of up to 12 years. After approximately 2 years, and following successful completion of basic Trade Ability Tests (TATs), you will be eligible for promotion to Senior Aircraftman (SAC). Further Movements Training (FMT), 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.
The skills and experience you can gain as a reservist are as valuable in the civilian world as they are in the RAF – comparable civilian roles include:
• Freight Forwarding Agent
• Customs Agent
• Cargo Agent (Air, Land and Sea)
• Shipping and Receiving Agent
• Passenger Check-in Staff
• Airfield Operational Ramp Assistant
However, whilst 4624 Sqn offers you a full range of professional Movements trade skills, our parallel Through Life Development Programme teaches you skills which will not only enhance your future employability, but be highly valued by your current employer. Reservists bring so much more to a civilian organisation:
• Leadership and Management skills
• Problem Solving, Adaptability and Time Management skills
• Commitment, Loyalty and Organisational Effectiveness
• Effective Team Working and Communication skills
• Health and Safety, First Aid and Security Awareness