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Vacancy summary

Royal Air Force
OF-5 - Capt RN - Col - Gp Capt
Group Captain

09/12/2021, 23:55 

March 2022
5 Years
Royal Air Force, Royal Navy, Army
Aerosystems (AS)
RAF High Wycombe
United Kingdom
Additional Duties Commitment

Vacancy detail

A vacancy has arisen for a Group Captain (Eng(AS)) to serve as the Inspector Explosives Royal Air Force RAF on Additional Duties Commitment (ADC) (180 days) Terms and Conditions of Service (TCoS), with an initial proposed start date of no later than 15 March 2022.  The post is currently based at RAF High Wycombe but there is scope to negotiate an alternative location, including home working with minimal physical meeting attendance.

Appointed by Chief of the Air Staff, as Inspector of Explosives (RAF), your responsibilities will include (but are not limited to):

  • Issuing MoD Explosives Licences
  • Ensuring that the risks generated by explosives activities for the areas you issue licences are both tolerable and ALARP.
  • Arranging for an assessment of the risks generated when the OME Regulations cannot be met and Duty Holder Advice Notes as required.
  • Appointment of competent personnel as Ordnance, Munitions and Explosives (OME) Safety Inspectors to carry out explosives’ safety management inspections.
  • Range Approvals for the Air Command TLB.

Must either have been, or currently be, a group captain (Eng (AS)) or wing commander (Eng (AS)) eligible for promotion in accordance with AP 3393 Vol 1 and AP 7000.  All Promotions will be ratified by means of a Promotion Board.  Applicants of an equivalent rank from sister Services may apply but will only be accepted into RAFR service if an appropriate branch/trade sponsor can be identified to sponsor the applicant.  Branch/trade sponsor approval must be agreed before the interview.

  • Must be a suitably qualified and experienced Explosives Safety practitioner with broad operational experience. 
  • Essential skills and knowledge must include:
  1. The application of explosives safety risk management; 
  2. Application of explosives safety policies/legislation; 
  3. Explosives policy compliance and assurance; 
  4. Must be a Chartered Engineer.
  • Experience in the delivery of effective armament support to operational commanders.
  • Strong communication skills in order to undertake briefings to senior military commanders (ie regular briefings to AOCs).

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.  Success at interview must be followed by a DOSR/CIE (MoD) endorsement, before a formal offer can be made.  Telephone enquiries concerning this vacancy should be made to: 

Gp Capt Andy Johnstone

Tel: 07824 340980

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

Air Cdre Shaun Harris


Gladiator Block

RAF High Wycombe


HP14 4UE

The closing date for applications 9 Dec 21. It is anticipated that interviews will take place before 31 January 22.

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 Additional Duties 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 of up to 5 years.

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 Branch & Trade 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 RAFR service if an appropriate branch/trade sponsor can be identified to sponsor the applicant.  Branch/trade sponsor 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 may have on their pension (contact details can be found on the JPA splash screen). Additional guidance can also be found in the following link: Individuals should also be aware of the ‘Effect of Re-employment on Commutation’.

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.

Annual Salary and Leave.  Pay will be in accordance with the pay scales published for the reserve air forces. ADC personnel are eligible for annual leave and public holidays in accordance with AP 3392 Vol 7 and JSP 760.

Accommodation.  Personnel serving on 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 many RAF Units.

This opportunity is closed to applications.