Movement Controller

Royal Logistic Corps

Co-ordinate worldwide movement of personnel and equipment

“In three years as a Movement Controller I have worked alongside all three services as well as having the privilege to work alongside other nationalities.”

As a Movement Controller you'll be at the centre of defence activity internationally and co-ordinate the movement of soldiers and equipment all over the world. It’s your job to direct and prepare troops, vehicles and equipment for transport by road, rail, sea and air. It’s a great opportunity to travel whilst gaining qualifications that are recognised outside the Army. You need to be organised and good with people, including the UK's Allied partners, commercial organisations and senior soldiers and officers. It also helps if you’re able to think on your feet.

KEY RESPONSIBILITIES

  • Drive HGVs and forklift trucks.
  • Work in and control movement through military or commercial ports, airports, railheads and road networks.
  • Have great opportunities for travel – wherever the Army is deployed there is a Movement Controller.
  • Learn to be naturally independent, authoritative, able to think on your feet and have great diplomatic skills.
  • Gain civilian qualifications

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
After this, you have a 7 week course at RAF Brize Norton to learn your trade. You’ll be supervised by experienced staff and trained to monitor transport, put movement plans into action and enforce regulations. We’ll also teach you about reserving seats, berths and stowage space.:

ENTRY REQUIREMENTS

Age: 16 years 6 months - 35 years 6 months

QUALIFICATIONS: GCSE Grade A–C/9-4 in at least English Language and Maths

FITNESS: Lift 20kg, Carry 30m, 1.5 mile run in 14 min (14 min 30 sec 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 International Trade&Logistics
  • Lvl 3 Cert Global Logistics
  • Lvl 5 Diploma Logistics&Tpt
  • BSc(Hons) Logistic Mgmt (University of Lincoln)

RANK PROGRESSION

Learn about rank progression here.

PAY & BENEFITS

REGULAR

Earn £15,230 during training. When your Initial training is finished, and you join your unit as a Private your pay will rise to £18,859.

 

RESERVE

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

“My first few years in the Army as a Movement Controller have provided me with endless opportunities and a number of exciting experiences. Two demanding operational tours of Afghanistan, worldwide taskings to America and Egypt, basketball tours to California and Spain and snowboarding in Austria are just a few of the things that have come my way. In three years as a Movement Controller I have worked alongside all three services as well as having the privilege to work alongside other nationalities including the Americans, Lithuanians, Estonians, Canadians and Germans.”

TRAINING FOR THE ROLE

Step 1
During basic training (which lasts at least 23 days), you’ll learn how to be a soldier, how to survive outdoors and fire weapons.


Step 2
After this, you spend 2 weeks getting to grips with your job. You’ll be supervised by experienced staff and trained to monitor transport, put movement plans into action and enforce regulations. You can also get your driving licence if you don’t have it already.

ENTRY REQUIREMENTS

Age: 17 years 9 months - 49 years 11 months

QUALIFICATIONS: GCSE grade C/4 in Maths and English Language

FITNESS: Lift 20kg, Carry 30m, 1.5 mile run in 14 min

More information about the fitness test

QUALIFICATIONS YOU COULD GET AFTER TRAINING

  • Car plus trailer licence (Cat B+E)

RANK PROGRESSION

Learn about rank progression here.

PAY & BENEFITS

REGULAR

Earn £15,230 during training. When your Initial training is finished, and you join your unit as a Private your pay will rise to £18,859.

 

RESERVE

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

“Having served in the Regular Army as an Infanteer, I found that I still had a desire to continuing serving in the Army. I decided that I wanted a more technically challenging role, which is why I decided to become a Movement Operator. Since joining the Army Reserve, I have progressed through my trade training and also become part of the Regimental Recruiting Team. I’ve had the opportunity to become part of the Regimental Training Team too. Fun and rewarding, my Reserve career has offered everything I had hoped for – it was undoubtedly the right choice.” – Corporal Bates

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.