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SO3 Learning Analysis & Design 3

Vacancy summary

Royal Air Force
ECR 37475
OF-2 - Lt - Capt RM - Capt - Flt Lt
Flight Lieutenant

14/10/2021, 23:55 

January 2022
3 Years
Royal Air Force, Royal Navy, Army
Def Ac, Shrivenham
United Kingdom
FTRS - Home Commitment

Vacancy detail

Subject to formal establishment amendment, a vacancy may arise for a Flight Lieutenant (Any Branch) to serve as SO3 Learning Analysis and Design 3 (LA&D3) in the Defence Academy (Def Ac) of Joint Force Development (JFD) which is located at the Shrivenham. The post is an FTRS (HC) position, with an initial target start date of around 10th January 2022 (or earlier, depending upon formal establishment of position and applicant status).

JFD provides the research, analysis, force development, joint training, education, doctrine and deployable joint command and control that underpin Defence.

The SO3 LA&D post will support and enhance the outputs of the Defence Academy by managing and undertaking training needs analysis and course design in accordance with JSP822.

Specific tasks include:

  • Undertake design of DefAc learning Interventions in accordance with JSP 822 as directed by SO2 Learning Design and Development.
  • Undertake Training Needs Analysis on behalf of external customers and stakeholders as directed by SO1 Learning Design and Development.
  • Support Faculty Learning Development Advisers and Subject Matter Experts in development and production of DSAT Design Stage 2 and 3 outputs.
  • Work alongside the TELE team to ensure effective, appropriate and innovative use of Digital Learning Media in delivery of DefAc learning interventions.
  • Assist SO2 BD ED Sp in the analysis and design of BD learning interventions.
  • Undertake support to the wider Learning Design and Development Team and Continuous Improvement Assurance Teams as directed by SO1 Learning Design and Development.

a.    Must either have been, or currently be, a Flight Lieutenant Any Branch.   
b.    Be Advance level DSAT or DTTT. PET of 9005 TDC/9009 TNA and 1003 DSAT(M) are required.
c.    For SO3 posts, RAF Warrant Officers & Master Aircrew who have already passed an OASC Commissioning Suitability Interview may be considered eligible in accordance with AP3392 Vol 7 Part 1 Chapter 15 and Reserves Administrative Instruction 208.
  • ICSC
  • Educated to MA/MSc.
  • Be skilled in the art of influencing and communicating at all levels.

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:

Major Richard Wright

Applications.  Due to the current COVID-19 situation candidate applications, with a maximum 2-page CV (to include copies of last 3 appraisal reports as required) should be sent electronically to

The closing date for applications is 14 October 2021 and interviews will take place week commencing 01 November 2021 with a potential start date of 10th January 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) TaCoS in accordance with AP 3392 Vol 7 Part 1 Chapter 16 and AP3392 Vol 7 Part 3 Chapter 2 for an initial period of 3 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 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 Of particular note is reference to 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. Remote working is available on an agreed basis.

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 TaCoS. 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 (HC) TaCoS are eligible to occupy Single Living Accommodation (SLA) if available, at entitled rates, if serving within the JFD.