Aviation Groundcrew Specialist

Army Air Corps

IT'S LIKE BEING IN A PIT CREW

My job as an aviation groundcrew specialist is so important, without ammunition or fuel an aircraft can't take off.

Groundcrew are responsible for getting our helicopters in the air and providing essential protection for them on the ground. You'll be trained to move, refuel and re-arm the aircraft that support ground forces, and to drive everything from Land Rovers to HGVs.

Training For The Role

Step 1
You'll start with your initial military training which will teach you how to be a soldier - this will cover everything from fieldcraft to how to handle a rifle. If you join as a Junior Soldier (under 17 years 5 months), you’ll do a 23-week basic military training course at Harrogate. If you join as a Regular Soldier (over 17 years 1 month), you’ll do the regular 14-week adult basic training. 

 

Step 2
You then have basic Groundcrew and Communication training. After this, you can decide if you want to be a Groundcrew Specialist or a Communication Specialist. You learn how to prepare helicopters for missions. You also learn how to marshal and load aircraft. You will get a range of driving licences too (Cat B (car) Driving Licence and Cat C+E (LGV) Driving Licence).

Entry Requirements

Age: 16 years 6 months - 35 years 6 months
Qualifications:

No formal qualifications needed

Fitness:
  • Mid Thigh Pull 118kg
  • Medicine Ball Throw 3.1m
  • 2km run 11m 15s (11m 30s for Junior Entry)

More information about the fitness test

Qualifications You Could Get After Training

  • Advanced Apprenticeship - Aviation Groundcrew Specialist
  • Higher Apprenticeship - Aviation Operations Manager       
  • Advanced Apprenticeship in Logistics Operations
  • Degree level 4 & 5 Certificates and Diplomas in Management & Leadership from CMI and ILM
  • Level 3, 4 and 5 Awards, Certificates and Diplomas in Education and Training

Rank Progression

Learn about rank progression here.

Pay and Benefits

From the Field

"My job is to set up and run different types of landing points. That means telling aircraft where to go and loading, re-fuelling and re-arming them. This needs to happen quickly so the aircraft can get back into battle. It’s like being part of a Formula 1 pit crew!"

HOW TO APPLY

Once your online application has been approved, you'll meet with a local recruiter. This is your chance to tell us about the role that you're interested in. When you go to the Assessment Centre,you'll take tests - the results will show whether you'd be suitable for this role, or should consider a different role.

Training For The Role

Step 1
You start by learning how to be a soldier. You then have basic Groundcrew and Communication training. After this, you can decide if you want to be a Groundcrew Specialist or a Communication Specialist.

Step 2
Groundcrew Specialist – You learn how to prepare helicopters for missions. You also learn how to marshal and load aircraft. You can get a range of driving licences too.

Entry Requirements

Age: 17 years 9 months - 49 years 6 months
Fitness:
  • Mid Thigh Pull 118kg
  • Medicine Ball Throw 3.1m
  • 2km run 11m 15s (11m 30s for Junior Entry)

More information about the fitness test

Qualifications: No formal qualifications needed

Qualifications You Could Get After Training

  • Cat C+E LGV driving licence
  • Level 2 Award in Enhanced Employability Skills - City & Guilds
  • Levels 3 to 6 Awards in Leadership and Management

Pay and Benefits

You’ll get paid a day rate according to your rank, starting from £37.47 in training and rising to £46.42 per day once you’re a Private. This includes being paid for weekly drill nights. Plus, if you complete all of your annual training days, you’re entitled to a tax-free lump sum called a bounty.

More about Reserve benefits

From the Field

"The role is challenging and certainly never boring! As an Army Reserve Groundcrew soldier in the Army Air Corps I get involved in all aspects of Army life, like deploying on operations. I also get to work with other units in different environments. It’s an amazing opportunity to work as part of a dedicated and motivated team, and I get to experience things other people on Civvy Street never do."

HOW TO APPLY

Once your online application has been approved, you'll meet with a local recruiter. This is your chance to tell us about the role that you're interested in. When you go to the Assessment Centre,you'll take tests - the results will show whether you'd be suitable for this role, or should consider a different role.