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Vacancy summary

Royal Air Force
OF-3 - Lt Cdr - Maj - Sqn Ldr
Squadron Leader

10/12/2021, 23:55 

April 2022
3 Years
Royal Air Force, Royal Navy, Army
RAF Henlow
United Kingdom
FTRS - Limited Commitment

Vacancy detail

A vacancy has arisen for a Squadron Leader (Any Branch) to serve as Ground Operations Team Chief at the Joint Arms Control Implementation Group (JACIG) on Full Time Reserve Service (Limited Commitment) Terms and Conditions of Service, with an initial proposed start date of not before the 2nd April 2022. Applicants should be aware that JACIG is currently located at RAF Henlow and is due to relocate to RAF Wittering sometime before 2024.

The Ground Operations Team Chief is responsible for delivering the UK’s annual ground based conventional arms control inspection programme.  This will entail leading small teams of JACIG personnel on inspection activity to signatory nations of the Former Soviet Union. The post holder will also act as National Representative for escorting Russian and Former Soviet Republic teams conducting inspections of UK conventional forces both in the UK and Europe. In addition to being a subject matter expert on conventional arms control treaties, the incumbent will also be responsible for ensuring that UK formations and units are adequately prepared for inspection activity, ensuring treaty compliance and adherence to the strict rules and procedures embedded in the agreements. The role does require regular travel, both overseas and in the UK, with periods of travel ordinarily being between 2-5 days.

Job Specifications:

  • Execution of the Ground Team Annual Outbound Inspection Schedule.
  • Execution of Inbound Escort Tasks.
  •  Lead pre-deployment preparations for Outbound Inspections.
  • Lead pre-deployment preparations for Inbound Escort tasks.
  • De-brief team members from all Outbound and Inbound missions as necessary.
  • Lead on the production of all Post Event Reports for Inbound and Outbound Operations.
  • Liaise with MOD, FCDO and UK StratCom to ensure the delivery of UK arms control treaty compliance.
  • Management of, and annual performance reporting on, a small team of J2, Russian Linguists and MTD personnel.
    • Must either have been, or currently be, a Squadron Leader or a Flight Lieutenant eligible for promotion in accordance with AP 3393 Vol 1 and AP 7000. All Promotions will be ratified by means of a Promotion Board.
    • Must be able to liaise with a range of MoD, FCDO and UK StratCom staffs in the planning of arms control activity.
    • Must be able to deploy overseas (predominantly European and Former Soviet Union countries including Central Asia).
    • Must be confident in dealing with senior British and foreign military officers.
    • Must be able to prepare pre-mission orders and post-mission reports to a high standard.
    • Previous arms control experience, including completion of JACIG’s annual Arms Control Verification Course (ACVC) ot the Unit Arms Control Officers (UACO) Course. 
    • An awareness of the socio-economic and Pol/Mil status of the countries of the Former Soviet Union, including Russia.
    • A good understanding of the ORBAT of the British Army and RAF.
    • Experience of working in a Joint environment.

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

      Barry Yates
      Squadron Leader
      Chief of Staff – JACIG
      S4B: +443001514828


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

      B Yates
      Squadron Leader
      Chief of Staff – JACIG
      UK Arms Control Centre
      Building 566
      RAF Henlow
      SG16 6DN 

      Electronic applications also accepted to:


      The closing date for applications is 10 December 2021 and interviews (unless prom board required) will take place in the New Year.

      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 (Limited 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 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 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 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. 

      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.

      This opportunity is closed to applications.