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Vacancy summary

Royal Air Force
OF-2 - Lt - Capt RM - Capt - Flt Lt
Flight Lieutenant

18/07/2022, 23:55 

October 2022
2 years, 5 months
Royal Air Force, Royal Navy, Army
RAFC Cranwell
United Kingdom
FTRS - Home Commitment

Vacancy detail

A vacancy has arisen for a Flight Lieutenant, Any Branch, to serve as a Boarding Officer at the Officer Aircrew Selection Centre at RAFC Cranwell on Full Time Reserve Service (Home Commitment) Terms and Conditions of Service (TCoS), with an initial proposed start date of 10 October 2022 (or earlier, depending upon position becoming vacant). 

A Boarding Officer is responsible to SO1 Select for:

  • Conducting the Exercise Phase, Interviews and any appropriate preparation for civilian and serving personnel applying for:
    • Commissioned service for regular and reserve service.
    • SNCO service
    • Bursaries
    • Scholarships
    • Bespoke Exercise Phases’ or Interviews.
    • ORB / RAFAC / Service Transfer
    • BES/DES Schemes
    • EWOC Schemes 
  • Conduct as required:
    • CBAT debriefs.
    • OASC Duty Officer. 
  • Presentations, briefings, and other projects or additional duties tasked by SO1 Select or your line manager. 
  • Liaising with University Air Squadrons as directed. 
  • Maintain all routine mandatory qualifications. 
  • Undertaking OASC Associated Duties.
  • Must either have been, or currently be, a Flight Lieutenant.
  • To have a broad knowledge of the RAF, its professions and their roles.
  • Recent experience of recruiting.
  • Understanding of OASC selection processes and policies.
  • Previous staff experience at HQ level.
  • Strong communication and inter-personal skills.
  • Enthusiastic individual with ability to deal successfully with young people.
  • A broad understanding of the RAF’s workforce requirement.
  • A broad understanding of the challenges and initiatives involved with recruiting non-aptitude profession and specialist professions personnel.
  • Previous career management, branch or trade staff experience.
  • Experience using Defence Recruiting System (DRS).

A Selection Board will carry out a rigorous selection process for this post, based principally on an applicant’s last 4 appraisal reports as required.  Enquiries concerning this vacancy should be made to: 

Sqn Ldr Emily McRitchie



Applications.  Candidate applications, with a maximum 2-page CV (to include copies of last 3/4 appraisal reports as required) should be sent to: 

Sqn Ldr Emily McRitchie, COS OASC, Email:   

The closing date for applications is 18 July 2022

Interviews will take place week commencing 01 August 2022.

Unless already commissioned in the Reserve Air Forces the successful applicant will be required to be commissioned in the RAFR with a liability for call-out for permanent service. 

The appointment is on Full Time Reserve Service (Home Commitment) TCoS in accordance with AP 3392 Vol 7 Part 1 Chapter 16 and AP3392 Vol 7 Part 3 Chapter 2 for an initial period to 31 Mar 25. 

Confirmation of appointment will depend on successful completion of a RAF Medical Board.  Personnel who do not meet the Age/Permanent Joint Medical Employment Standard (PJMES) may apply for the appointment but will only be considered subject to an executive waiver process on a case by case basis. 

Candidates who have been out of regular or reserve service for more than 5 years may be considered for this appointment.  Prior approval must be sought from the relevant Professions Advisor to confirm current and past experience prior to being invited to interview.

Applicants of an equivalent rank from sister Services may apply but will only be accepted into the Royal Air Force Reserves if an appropriate Professions advisor can be identified to sponsor the applicant.  The relevant Profession’s advisor approval must be agreed before the interview.

Regular Service Applicants.  Personnel currently serving in the Regular Royal Air Force should be mindful of the current Early Termination Minimum Waiting Time (MWT) for their respective Rank, Branch/Trade and ensure this MWT is compatible with the post sponsor’s proposed start date, prior to applying. 

Ex-service candidates who have been administratively discharged through the QR1027 process will have their applications rejected as they are not eligible to join the RAF Reserves in accordance with AP 3391 (Vol 3, Lft 207, Annex L, Para 1a). 

Pension Issues.  Personnel who qualify for a service pension should take financial advice from Defence Business Services (DBS) Pensions Department on the effect that undertaking reserve service has on their pension (details can be found on the JPA splash screen). Additional guidance can also be found at and MMP116 - Re-employment. Of particular note is reference to the ‘Effect of Re-employment’ on Commutation and, for those leaving on a ‘preserved’ pension, the Resettlement Grant.

Transition between TCoS.  Personnel taking this appointment from other TCoS should consider the impact on any accrued entitlements, such as leave, resettlement etc and should seek specialist guidance where required as certain entitlements are TCoS specific and may not be retained or transferred on transition between TCoS. 

Flexible Working Arrangements. In accordance with the Flexible Working (FW) Policy, Reserves personnel are able to request FW arrangements with their line manager.  Any immediate FW requirements should be agreed with the line management at the interview stage. 

Individual Reinforcement Training (IRT) (Module 1) and RAF Fitness Test (RAFFT).  Reserve personnel are required to maintain currency in IRT and the RAFFT iaw the relevant TCoS.  The successful applicant will be expected to undertake IRT and the RAFFT within 6 months of commencing employment (if required). 

Annual Salary and Leave.  Pay will be in accordance with the pay scales published for the reserve air forces.  Leave entitlement is detailed in JSP 760

Accommodation. Personnel serving on FTRS(LC/HC)/ADC TCoS are eligible to occupy Single Living Accommodation (SLA) if available, at entitled rates, if serving within the Air Command TLB. However, due to a severe shortage, it is unlikely that accommodation will be available at RAF Cranwell.

This opportunity is closed to applications.