Operational Hygiene Specialist

Royal Logistic Corps

Good hygiene makes all the difference

"No one told me that being an Operational Hygiene Specialist would lead to so many opportunities; I wish I'd joined earlier!"

Keeping troops clean. Dealing with decontamination. Helping Army medical teams: our Operational Hygiene Specialists do all this and more. They are part of a special Operational Hygiene Squadron - the only one in the Army - which is linked to the Royal Buckinghamshire Hussars. The Specialists provide sterilisation services at field hospitals and set up hot showers for troops. In fact, they support all kinds of high-profile training, in the UK and overseas, Join the team and you could travel the world, providing a vital service and supporting doctors, medics and soldiers, including Special Forces.


  • Become a specialist in sanitation and sterilisation


Step 1
You start with basic training which teaches you to be a soldier. This lasts at least 23 days.

Step 2
Then you spend 15 days learning about your role. At the same time, you may well get your category C or C+E driving licence. You need to know how to drive lorries as operational hygiene equipment is often moved around on pallets by LGVs. You’ll have the same military and command, leadership and management training as other troops in the Royal Logistics Corps (RLC). Later, there’ll be the chance to move up to senior NCO as a Detachment Commander.:


Age: 17 years 9 months - 49 years 11 months

QUALIFICATIONS: No formal qualifications needed


  • Cat C driving licence


Learn about rank progression here.


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


“I have deployed on numerous exercises and operations around the world: in Bosnia, Canada, Benbecula, Iraq and Europe, for example. I get paid every day I train with the Army Reserve and get expenses to travel to and from my work location. I have had the privilege to serve on Op Olympic and during the Commonwealth Games – I got to watch the Games for free in the process. I have also been fortunate enough to gain a full range of driving of qualifications, including HAZMAT, which is highly regarded within the professional driving world.” – Corporal Steve Fleetwood


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.