Postal and Courier Operator

Royal Logistic Corps

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This is available as a full time Army role.
This is available as a part time Army role.

BE THE LINK BETWEEN TROOPS AND FAMILIES

“SINCE PASSING MY INITIAL TRAINING, I HAVE ENJOYED POSTINGS TO BOTH CYPRUS AND GERMANY, AND HAVE DEPLOYED ON OPERATIONS TO AFGHANISTAN AND BAHRAIN.”
Getting mail delivered isn’t just important in the Army – it’s vital. As a Postal & Courier Operator you’ll be playing a key role, getting mail to soldiers, sailors and airmen so they can stay in touch with friends and family. You’ll train as a courier, mail guard, counter clerk and sorter, learning how to use the latest IT and satellite communication systems. We’ll even teach you to run your own post office and deliver top secret mail. You’ll travel the world and gain qualifications and driving licences – all while building a CV that will set you up for life.

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 mastering the basics you take a 3 week course at the Defence College of Logistics and Policing Administration in Deepcut, Camberley. This teaches you to use our systems, which help us track and trace mail all over the world. You also learn how to deal with Top Secret material.

Entry Requirements

Age: 16 years 6 months - 35 years 6 months
Qualifications: GCSE Grade A–D/9-3 in at least English Language and Maths
Fitness:
  • Mid Thigh Pull 46kg
  • 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

  • Level 2 Certificate Logistics & Transport
  • Affiliate Membership of CILT
  • Level 2 Apprenticeship Mail Services
  • Get higher level qualifications as you progress.

Rank Progression

Learn about rank progression here.

Pay and Benefits

From the Field

“The Postal & Courier trade has afforded me countless opportunities. Since initial training I have enjoyed postings to Cyprus and Germany and have deployed on operations to Afghanistan and Bahrain. As a JNCO I have fulfilled management roles, most notably as 2IC of the Bag Exchange Office for British Forces Germany, where I was responsible for a small team tasked with the delivery of military mail. My time in Germany has been particularly interesting - I’ve done everything from implementing cutting-edge technologies to skiing in the Bavarian Alps and I’m soon going, on promotion, to a detachment in Washington, USA.”

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 to be a soldier with your Reserve unit. Training lasts at least 23 days and teaches you how to handle weapons and survive outside.

Step 2
You will then learn about your role. You will get similar training to a Regular and also the chance to get your driving licence (if you don’t have it already). Most training will fit in around your day job.

Entry Requirements

Age: 17 years 9 months - 49 years 6 months
Fitness:
  • Mid Thigh Pull 46kg
  • Medicine Ball Throw 3.1m
  • 2km run 11m 15s (11m 30s for Junior Entry)
More information about the fitness test
Qualifications: GCSE Grade A-D / 9-3 in at least English Language and Maths

Qualifications You Could Get After Training

Car plus trailer licence (Cat B+E)

Pay and Benefits

You'll get paid a day rate according to your rank, starting from £39.34 in training and rising to £50.21 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

“Postal and Courier Operators in the Army Reserve are extremely busy. Over the past five years I have had opportunities to go to Afghanistan, Germany, Italy, Northern Ireland and Cyprus. The Postal and Courier community is small so very close bonds develop between the Army Reserve and Regular Army counterparts. This means that the levels of technical professional development are extremely good.

Also, with Army Reserve Postal and Courier Squadrons being paired with regular Squadrons, there are endless opportunities to enhance your personal capability and to help the Regular Army more broadly.” – Corporal Peacock

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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