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.

COULD YOU ENSURE THE BRITISH FORCES RECEIVE THEIR MAIL NO MATTER WHERE THEY ARE DEPLOYED?

“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 and Courier Operator, you'll play a key role in 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 You will work in the Secure courier network, safeguarding and distributing Protectively Marked Material in the UK and overseas.

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
After mastering the basics, you’ll take a four-week course at the Defence College of Logistics, Policing and Administration in Worthy Down, Winchester. 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. Your Class 2 is awarded after 12 months on the job training, and completion of all RLC PC Op Class 2 training objectives. You are then eligible to upgrade to a Class 1 Postal and Courier Operator on selection for promotion to Lance Corporal.

Entry Requirements

Age: 16 years 6 months - 35 years 6 months
Qualifications: GCSE Grades A - D / 9 - 3 which must include 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

  • Levels 2+3 Certificate in Logistics and Transport.
  • Levels 5+6 Diploma in Logistics and Transport.
  • British Institute for Facilities Management - Level 4 in Facilities Management.
  • Defence Awarding Organisation Level 2 & 3 Award in Postal Accounting Management Transactions.
  • Defence Awarding Organisation - Level 4 Award in Management of Postal & Courier Services.
  • Level 2 Express Delivery Operative.

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

You'll start with your initial military training which will teach you how to be a soldier. You will spend at least 23 days with your Unit and learn about handling weapons and surviving outdoors. You will then learn about your trade.

You will receive similar training to a Regular soldier and the chance to get your driving licence (if you don’t have it already). We’ll do our best to make sure your training fits around your day job.

Entry Requirements

Age: 17 years 9 months - 42 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 Grades A–D/9-3 which must include English Language and Maths.

Qualifications You Could Get After Training

Gain your Category B+E driving licence.

Pay and Benefits

You'll get paid a day rate according to your rank, starting from £40.13 in training and rising to £51.22 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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