Driver Air Despatch

Royal Logistic Corps

This is available as a full time Army role.

COULD YOU DELIVER ESSENTIAL SUPPLIES WORLDWIDE FROM THE AIR?

AS AIR DESPATCHERS, WE SUPPORT ALL THREE SERVICES, SPECIAL FORCES AND OTHER GOVERNMENTAL AGENCIES IN AERIAL DELIVERY JOBS - FROM DISPATCHING BOTTLED WATER TO VEHICLES.
Air Despatchers, are responsible for preparing, loading and despatching supplies and equipment from military aircraft. We deploy to overseas locations at very short notice to re-supply personnel by air, land, or sea. We also complete assignments at the Test and Evaluation Unit where new ideas and equipment are trialled and developed.

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 handling 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
Next, you will undertake your 15-week Combat Logistician course at the Defence School of Transport in Leconfield. During this, you will earn your Category C+E Driving Licence and study general service driver modules. This training also gives you the opportunity to gain a broader knowledge on the Royal Logistic Corps functions and roles.

Step 3
You will then begin the 12-week Basic Air Despatcher course where you will be taught the basic principles of aerial delivery, including air safety, supply drop equipment, loading and unloading an aircraft and air despatch drills. On completion of this course, you will be qualified in various systems and ready to progress onto the Class 2 course.

On promotion to Lance Corporal, you will complete the Drop Zone Non-Commissioned Officer (DZNCO) course and other specialist Air Despatch courses. You will then progress to the rank of Corporal and complete the Class 1 Air Despatch course.

Entry Requirements

Age: 16 years 6 months - 35 years 6 months
Qualifications: No formal qualifications required
Fitness:
  • Mid Thigh Pull 50kg
  • Medicine Ball Throw 2.7m
  • 2km run 11m 30s
  • MSFT (beep test) level 6.6
More information about the fitness test Junior Soldier:
  • Mid Thigh Pull 50kg
  • Medicine Ball Throw 2.7m
  • 2km run 11m
  • MSFT (beep test) level 7.5

Qualifications You Could Get After Training

  • Level 2 LGV Driver Apprenticeship
  • NVQ Level 2 Certificate Logistics & Transport
  • NVQ Levels 2 – 6 in Leadership & Management
  • Numeracy Levels 1 & 2
  • Materiel Accounting & management qualifications
  • Mechanical Transport management qualifications
  • Further Air Despatch specialist qualifications
  • Qualified Air Despatch Instructor qualification
  • Driver Specialist qualifications
  • Military parachutist (on completion of P Company)
  • Opportunities to obtain various instructor qualifications

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.

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