Logistics Supply, Storage and Distribution Specialist CURRENTLY RECRUITING

As an RAF Supply, Storage and Distribution Specialist, you will be responsible for the management of RAF assets, from the receipt, storage, handling and distribution of equipment to its ultimate disposal.

Full-time regular Spare time reserve

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Minimum Average Pay Over Your First Year £17,000+ + Benefits

Initial pay after training £18,800+ + Benefits

DAY RATE STARTS AT: £37.12 + Benefits

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APPLICANTS MUST:

  • Be aged 16 – 47 years old (Must attest before 48th birthday)
  • Be a citizen of the United Kingdom or the Republic of Ireland, holder of a dual UK/other nationality or have been a Commonwealth citizen from birth
  • Commit minimum 3 years post Phase Two Training
  • Pass the Airman Selection Test
  • Pass a General Fitness Test

GREAT FOR THOSE INTERESTED IN:

  • Transport & Vehicles
  • Analysis and maths
  • Helping people

Apprenticeships available

Intermediate Apprenticeship in Warehousing & Storage

APPLICANTS MUST:

  • Be aged 18 – 54 years old
  • Be a citizen of the United Kingdom or the Republic of Ireland, holder of a dual UK/other nationality or have been a Commonwealth citizen from birth
  • Commit 27 days per year
  • Pass the Airman Selection Test
  • Pass a General Fitness Test

GREAT FOR THOSE INTERESTED IN:

  • Building and Problem solving
  • Helping people
  • Transport & Vehicles

Locations

501 Sqn RAF Brize Norton, Oxfordshire
502 Sqn Aldergrove Flying Station, Co Antrim
504 Sqn RAF Wittering, Cambridgeshire
505 Sqn RAF St Mawgan, Newquay
600 Sqn RAF Northolt, Middlesex
603 Sqn Edinburgh
605 Sqn RAF Cosford, Shropshire
606 Sqn RAF Benson, Oxfordshire
607 Sqn RAF Leeming, Northallerton
614 Sqn Cardiff, Glamorgan

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WHAT WILL YOU DO?

TYPICAL RESPONSIBILITIES

  • Deliver equipment to the operational front line
  • Use computerised accounting techniques, storage methods and equipment handling
  • Work on airfield fuel installations or in specialist storage areas

As an RAF Supplier, you will be a key element within the RAF. You will play a vital role in the logistical support required by the RAF to fulfil its operational and peacetime obligations. Responsible for the distribution, accounting, stock levels and statistical trending of a diverse range of commodities such as aircraft parts, fuels, explosives, ammunition and many other materials required to run a modern Air Force. You will use complex IT stock control systems, stock level modelling software, modern storage solutions and operate various mechanical handling equipment including Forklift Trucks of various sizes and capabilities.  You will learn how to support Operations in the most challenging locations across the globe; you will sustain real-life support to personnel and support the most technologically advanced aircraft in the RAF inventory.

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

Continuing at RAF Halton, you will enter the challenging specialist trade training environment. The Logistics Basic Training course is 13 weeks 3 days long and it is here that you will be taught the necessary skills required to do your job.  On leaving Logs Basic Training you will have gained the skills and knowledge required to ensure equipment is kept in the right environment and that the stockholding IT system accurately reflects physical holdings and locations. You will be able to take customer orders and provide delivery solutions; you will have the skills to pack, document and despatch/deliver equipment to the end user either within the UK or, eventually, across the world.

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ADDITIONAL QUALIFICATIONS

All students are offered the opportunity to enrol in the Logistics Supplier Intermediate Apprenticeship in Warehousing and Storage. The Apprenticeship framework includes the following elements:

  • Level 2 Diploma in Warehousing and Storage
  • Functional Skills – Level 1 (Literacy & Numeracy)
  • Employment Rights and Responsibilities – Level 2
  • Personal Learning and Thinking Skills

Elements of the Apprenticeship are mapped to the course and the remainder of the Apprenticeship is completed during your first tour of duty.

 

ONGOING TRAINING/DEVELOPMENT OPPORTUNITIES

As your career progresses we will continue to train you to the highest standard and equip you with the skills you require to take on new responsibilities.  This means that there are opportunities for management, leadership, health and safety training and a wide range of driving qualifications.  A hugely diverse trade, some of the more specialised areas within Supply include:

Storage, Handling and Distribution of Fuels. Issuing aviation fuel to aircraft and helicopters, receiving fuel into bulk storage tanks from pipelines, road tankers and ocean tankers. Be solely responsible for an installation, at times storing more than 1 million litres of high octane aviation fuel.   If employed in the tactical fuels environment you may also be required to undertake parachute training and set up bespoke fuelling points in austere locations. Of course, with fuel there comes a responsibility for environmental protection, so you will also learn how to deal with spillages to avoid environmental damage, both on land and possibly at sea.

Dangerous/Classified Goods. Packaging, storage, handling and transportation of hazardous goods, including explosives for transport by air (to Civil Aviation Authority standards), road and sea. Learn how to complete the myriad of different customs paperwork required for distribution of sensitive equipment across the globe. Ensure the secure handling and distribution of classified assets, ensuring security regulations are met.

Mobility. Work alongside our Mover colleagues in a Mobility Flight where you will be trained to assist with loading and stowing equipment being moved by our transport aircraft. You will learn the skills required to successfully deploy to challenging areas of the world whilst supporting the various aircraft platforms, possibly aboard the very latest Royal Navy Aircraft Carriers supporting 5th generation stealth aircraft.

MJDI. The system used to account for the majority of equipment in use within the Ministry of Defence. Extremely versatile, you will become one of the skilled 18000 worldwide operators, tracking the billions of pounds worth of complex equipment currently in the RAF and MoD inventory.

Qualification Opportunities. All students are offered the opportunity to enrol in the Logistics (Supplier) Intermediate Apprenticeship in Warehousing and Storage.

YOUR FIRST TOUR

During your first tour, you will consolidate your training and gain valuable experience that will prepare you for your first operational tour of duty. To ensure you become a confident Supplier with broad knowledge and experience, you will be employed within at least 2 different departments within your first tour. A first tour is always memorable and demanding but also highly rewarding; you will be given the time to develop your skills and become an effective member of an extremely close-knit team. As an RAF Supplier, you should expect to experience your first 4 month deployed tour of duty in the Falkland Islands within 18 months. Your subsequent operational tours will be varied and dependant on where in the world RAF assets are deployed in support of defence policy. You will be provided with the opportunity to undertake Adventure Training (skiing, rock climbing, mountain biking etc) and be able to participate in all major sports.

YOUR FUTURE CAREER PROSPECTS/PROGRESSION

After completing one year’s total service and providing you have completed basic Trade Ability Assessments, you will be eligible for promotion to Senior Aircraftman. Further promotion to the rank of Corporal and beyond is on merit by competitive selection annually. The Supply trade offers an exciting, diverse and challenging opportunity for an individual to excel in support of the UK most advanced aircraft fleets but demands high calibre individuals to succeed.

TRANSFERABLE SKILLS

Logistical skills and qualifications are eagerly sought after by civilian organisations. Therefore, on leaving the RAF you are extremely employable and well placed to find a new job such as:

  • Aerospace Logistics Supply Support Specialist
  • Material and Inventory Specialist
  • Auditor (including Health & Safety, Quality Assurance)
  • Supply Chain Manager
  • Distribution Manager
  • Fuels Storage/Distribution Operator
  • Forklift Operator
  • Dangerous Goods Consignor
  • Stock Control Accountant
  • Product Coordinator
  • Production Team Member
  • Large Goods Vehicle Driver (Cat C)

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

Once you have completed your recruit training you will begin your specialist Trade training at your Squadron. It is this training that will provide you with the necessary skills required to do your job. RAF Reserve Supply Training is delivered in 3 main modules and on completion of at least one of the modules, you may be utilised within that modular specialisation at the rank of Senior Aircraftsman. A foundation module will give you the underpinning knowledge that will enable you to commence one of the 3 main modules listed below.

Receipt and Despatch. Packing/unpacking, receipting and despatching equipment, Consignment Tracking and consigning Dangerous Goods by Surface and Air (CAA accredited training).

Stockholding Group. Store and pick stock, general warehousing, stocktaking and management of equipment packs within a Mobility Supply Flight.

Supply Accounting. Place and progress orders, process receipting errors, manage account documentation, manage stocktaking programme and records for equipment held forward and on loan.

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ONGOING TRAINING/DEVELOPMENT OPPORTUNITIES

As your RAF Reserves career progresses, we will continue to train you to the highest standard and equip you with the skills you require to take on new responsibilities. You will be required to complete and maintain a record of employment which will be used to determine your suitability for mobilisation (on Operations) or to assess your ability to assist regular Service personnel on trade related military tasks. Promotion to Corporal opens opportunities for management, leadership, health and safety training and a wide range of driving qualifications.

 

CAREER PROSPECTS/PROGRESSION

You will initially join the RAF Reserves for a period of 12 years. Once you have completed one of the main trade modules, you may be utilised in the rank of SAC at home or on Operations overseas. Further promotion to the rank of Corporal and beyond is by competitive selection and requires you to have completed all 3 of the main trade modules and have positive annual appraisals.

TRANSFERABLE SKILLS

It is not possible to cover every aspect of the Logistics Supply trade in this leaflet, or indeed list the wide-ranging transferable skills you will gain throughout your time as a RAF Reserve Supplier. However, Warehousing, Storage and Distribution skills and qualifications are sought after by civilian organisations; therefore, on leaving you are extremely employable and well placed to find a new job in Logistics such as:

  • Aerospace Logistics Supply Support Specialist
  • Warehouse Material and Inventory Operator / Manager
  • Supply Chain and Distribution Manager
  • Fork Lift Operator

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, holder of a dual UK/other nationality or have been a Commonwealth citizen from birth.

Be between 16 and 47 years old (Must attest before 48th birthday).

ALL APPLICANTS MUST:

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

Be between 18 and 54 years old.

EDUCATION REQUIREMENTS

No formal qualifications required.

NATIONALITY & RESIDENCY

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

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 9.10 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

No formal qualifications required.

NATIONALITY & RESIDENCY

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