Driver Air Despatch

Royal Logistic Corps

DELIVER SUPPLIES ANYWHERE IN THE WORLD FROM THE AIR

“I HAVE A CHALLENGING, HIGH-TEMPO CAREER, BUT KNOWING THAT MY WORK IS MAKING A REAL DIFFERENCE DAY-TO-DAY IS HUGELY REWARDING.”

Could you load an aircraft and then drop the goods from the air? If so, you could have what it takes to be an Air Despatcher. We’ll teach you how to drive a range of vehicles, safely load supplies onto aircraft and drop them using parachutes. You’ll then work as part of a dispatch crew, based at RAF Brize Norton.

A quick-thinking team worker, you will support operations all over the world, including RAF missions. With fantastic training and the chance to gain an apprenticeship, HGV licence and other qualifications, you’ll have an exciting career full of travel, sports and lifelong friendships.

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. You’ll also train as an Army Driver at the Defence School of Transport which lasts 17 weeks.

Step 2
Then you go to RAF Brize Norton for a four-day Air Despatch Assessment. We test your fitness and logic and you will give a presentation. If you pass, you go on a 12-week Air Despatcher training course, also at RAF Brize Norton. You learn about knots, lashings, manual handling, choosing a landing site for a load, air safety, aerial delivery equipment and loading frames and packs.

Entry Requirements

Age: 16 years 6 months - 35 years 6 months
Qualifications: No formal qualifications required
Fitness:
  • Mid Thigh Pull 94kg
  • Medicine Ball Throw 2.9m
  • 2km run 11m 15s (11m 30s for Junior Entry)
More information about the fitness test

Qualifications You Could Get After Training

  • Level 2 Certificate Logistics & Transport
  • Affiliate Membership of CILT
  • Level 2 Apprenticeship Aviation Operations on the Ground
  • Opportunity to gain higher qualifications as your career progresses

Rank Progression

Learn about rank progression here.

Pay and Benefits

From the Field

“As a Lance Corporal Air Despatcher I perform a wide variety of duties. These include the safe running of drop zones, supervising the rigging of stores and equipment ready to be dropped and the loading of aircraft out on the flight line. The Air Despatcher ethos supports a healthy working environment where job satisfaction and professionalism as well as sport are heavily encouraged. The high readiness nature of the Squadron means I have a high tempo, challenging career but knowing that my work is making a real difference day-to-day is hugely rewarding.”

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.