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SO2 Training Support

Vacancy summary

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

10/12/2021, 23:55 

March 2022
4 years
Royal Air Force, Royal Navy, Army
HQ Air Command
United Kingdom
FTRS - Limited Commitment

Vacancy detail

A vacancy has arisen for a Squadron Leader (Pers(Trg)) to serve as SO2 Training Support within the DACOS Training Strategy Pillar at Headquarters 22 Group, HQ Air Command, RAF High Wycombe. The post is under Full Time Reserve Service (Limited Commitment) Terms and Conditions of Service, with a proposed start date of 3 Mar 2022 or earlier.

Working directly to SO1 Training Futures, within the 22 Gp DACOS team, SO2 Training Futures is responsible for: 

(1)        Training Rapid Capabilities Office. Within the RCO, act as training advisor on highest priority or biggest impact problems that would impede the readiness of the Force. 

(2)        Astra Training. Work within the Astra Training Governance System to explore opportunities and issues, and oversee Astra Training workshops and subsequent actions/reporting. 

(3)        Trg Futures. Provide coherence and input to all relevant ‘over the horizon’ trg-related innovation and transformation activity across Defence, industry and academic domains. 

(4)        Trg Futures. Co-ordinate COS Training input to and exploitation of Defence, industry and academic training research and innovation to ensure maximum benefit for Air. 

(5)        Trg Futures. Oversee COS Training research and innovation to ensure alignment and strategic effect. Liaise with Cap Dev and FD Strat to mitigate risk and promote efficiencies. 

(6)        Professions. Provide advice and guidance to Branch and Trade heads and staff regarding DSAT principles and practical trg methodologies and efficiencies. 

(7)        Professions. Act as Trg Co-ordinator in drawing together Branch and Trade best-practise Analysis, Design and Methods & Media strands to optimise trg pathways. 

(8)        Deputising for SO1 Training Futures as required.

All other tasks as directed by ACOS Training through chain of command.

Flexible working arrangements will be considered with the caveat that the incumbent works full time at an RAF station with a minimum of one day a fortnight spent at Air Command.

Must either have been, or currently be, a Squadron Leader (Pers(Trg)), or Flight Lieutenant (Pers(Trg)). 

Effective communication skills, be IT-literate and produce high-quality written work.

Defence Instructor/Trainer qualifications or civilian equivalents.

A demonstrable and practical understanding of the Defence Systems Approach to Training (DSAT) within JSP 822.

Experience of headquarters staff work.

Full UK Driving licence.

Completion of ICSC (A) or (AR), IOD 4 & 5 (or equivalent).

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:

Wg Cdr Matt Tope, SO1 Trg Futures via or if unavailable Gp Capt Paul McSherry

Applications. Candidate applications, with a maximum 2 page CV (to include copies of last 4 appraisal reports) should be emailed to

Gp Capt Paul McSherry

The closing date for applications is Fri 10 December 2021.

Unless already holding a commission 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 FTRS (LC) TCoS in accordance with AP 3392 Vol 7 for an initial period of up to 4 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; however, not on promotion. Furthermore, prior approval must be sought from the relevant Branch & Trade Advisor in order to confirm current and past experience prior to being invited to interview.

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 sponsors proposed start date, prior to applying.

Applicants of an equivalent rank from sister services may apply, but not on promotion. Furthermore, the appropriate Branch and Trade advisor must approve the application before the candidate is invited for interview.

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 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’.

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.  FTRS personnel are eligible for annual leave and public holidays in accordance with AP 3392 Vol 7 and JSP 760.

Accommodation. Personnel serving on FTRS(LC) TCoS are eligible to Single Living Accommodation (SLA) if available, at entitled rates, if serving within the Air Command TLB. However, due to a severe shortage, accommodation will not be available at RAF High Wycombe.

This opportunity is closed to applications.