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Personnel Support Officer

The role of Personnel Officer is diverse. The role covers a wide range of specialisations, including: Infrastructure Management, HR, Development, Accounts Management, and Media Operations, to name a few. Personnel Officers vary their roles and develop a broad set of transferable skills, making them widely employable in other, non-specialist areas.

Typical Responsibilities:

  • Provide HR and welfare support to servicemen / women and their dependents
  • Oversee construction and maintenance on RAF stations
  • Manage media operations, including liaison with journalists in the UK and on overseas operations

Similar civilian roles include Management consultant, Personnel officer, Project manager or Marketing and media.

Royal Air Force - Regular & Reserve

RAF Regulars and Reserves work side by side.

Scroll down to explore the opportunities as a Personnel Support 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

Spare Time
Reserve

Initial pay after training

Day rates dependent on rank, role and experience

Entry level

Qualified ex-military commissioned personnel. (Suitably qualified and experienced civilian personnel may be considered on a case by case basis).

Commitment

27 days per year for 12 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

502 Sqn Aldergrove Flying Station, Co Antrim (Extremely Ltd Vacancies)

600 Sqn RAF Northolt, Middlesex (Extremely Ltd Vacancies)

611 Sqn RAF Woodvale, Merseyside

614 Sqn Cardiff, Glamorgan (Extremely Ltd Vacancies)

In the RAF

My Role

‘I’m a Personnel Support Officer and at the moment I’m in charge of our Armed Forces Careers Office in Glasgow. It’s a really people-orientated job, which I love. I really enjoy getting out there and telling people what we do and what we can offer them. It’s also a chance to break down some preconceptions. One guy told me he didn’t realise there were any women in the RAF until he met me! In fact, aside from the RAF Regiment, women can fulfil any role in the RAF.

I’ve always wanted to be employed in a challenging role, and the RAF Personnel branch really struck a chord with me. I wanted a varied job and that’s exactly what I’ve got. So far I’ve worked in the fields of finance, media and human resources, as part of which I have been deployed to both Iraq and Qatar. I’ve also been lucky enough to represent my station at tennis and have travelled to Austria to participate in the RAF Ski Championships.’

My Day

‘I manage 10 recruiters – the guys you talk to when you first walk in off the street – and deal with any potential officer candidates. Every couple of weeks I do an in-depth presentation. I’m very open about the pros and cons of things like travel and moving around – you have to be. The aim is to give people the information they need to make the right decision about their future.’

Sarah, Personnel Officer

Training

Royal Air Force - Regular & Reserve

Full Time
Regular

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. 

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

Specialist Training

After IOT, you will follow a specialist training course at the Defence School of Personnel Administration, Worthy Down, near Winchester. To ensure that the 9-week training course keeps up-to-date with what the Service requires it is constantly evolving, but focuses primarily on the management of personnel and finance.

The training is scenario-based, covering the Pers Spt officer’s role on a RAF station and on operations, so you will be able to develop your skills in a simulated practical environment. When you have completed your specialist training you will receive your first assignment.

Foundation Tour

Your first tour will likely be as a Station Adjutant on a RAF station providing direct support to the Station Commander with the day-to-day running of the base, or as a Visits and Protocol Officer responsible for the organisation and management of Station visits, and high profile public relation activities. In some cases, and depending on previous experience, you could be appointed to other Pers Spt roles. During this and subsequent tours you could have the opportunity to deploy to almost any location worldwide as the officer with responsibility for personnel and financial matters supporting an operational or Exercise task.

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 part of the Personnel Branch, and subject to meeting current in-Service medical standards, and where appropriate suitability vetting requirements, Pers Spt officers have extensive opportunities for further professional development throughout your career.

You will be able to choose to develop your qualifications which recognise your transferable skills through accreditation of your training and experience against a range of Higher Education qualifications from Foundation Degree level to Masters Degree.

Furthermore, the RAF will encourage you to develop your leadership and management skills through a series of residential and distance-learning courses that are common to all officer branches. Much of the training you will receive is accredited or recognised by a wide range of professional bodies, including the Chartered Institute of Personnel and Development.

Transferable Skills

The skills and experience you gain throughout your career could provide entry routes for a number of civilian jobs, including: consultant, project manager, change manager, university administrator, bursar, human resource manager, school business manager, facilities manager, marketing and media consultant and roles within the financial sector.

 

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 have entered 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:

2 A-levels or 3 Highers or equivalent, plus 5 GCSE/SCEs at Grade C/2 minimum or equivalent, including English language and maths.

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