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Vacancy summary

Royal Air Force
OF-4 - Cdr - Lt Col - Wg Cdr
Wing Commander

30/09/2021, 23:55 

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

Vacancy detail

A vacancy has arisen for a Wg Cdr (Any Branch) to serve SO1 CAP ACQ DS1 at DEFAC Shrivenham, on Full Time Reserve Service (Full Commitment) Terms and Conditions of Service (TCoS), with an initial proposed start date of 04 January 2022 (or earlier). The post may appear inclined towards Eng/Logs Branches but given its evolution, candidates from across the Service with the relevant experience are considered perfectly capable of filling this role and are therefore encouraged to apply for it.  

One of five schools forming the Technology & Capability Group (TCG) within the Defence College for Military Capability Integration (DCMCI), the Defence Capability Management School (DCMS) is focused on harnessing technology and information to meet the needs of the Direct, Operate, Generate and Enable components of Defence Operating Model and Functional Leadership.

Hd DCMS (formerly SO1 AIRTECH, pending JPA description update) is responsible for delivering and developing current and future products to meet MOD Capability Acquisition (CapAc) education and training requirements. This is a Command tour offering evolving opportunities to demonstrate leadership and vision in fully establishing the DCMS, guiding a compact bespoke team of staff and in pursuit of equipping and drawing the best out of students in order to meet the future needs of Defence in the CapAc arena. The responsibilities include:

  • Assume Hd (OC) Defence Capability Management School (DCMS) duties.
  • Command, lead and manage a military (x 4) and civilian (x 3) workforce to deliver the CapAc SOTT.
  • Duty of Care and welfare support to staff and students (full and part-time, residential and non-residential).
  • Develop current and future products to meet MOD CapAc education and training requirements.
  • Produce the School Strategy, direct School Policy and oversee the School budget as directed in a letter of delegation.
  • On behalf Hd TCG, act as the key customer to contracted academic partners (currently Cranfield University) and any other sources of T&E provision.
  • Chair the DCMS CEB WG to ensure that customers’ needs are scrutinised, realistic and achievable.
  • Integration with other schools/components within TCG, DCMCI and JSCSC to optimise outputs and resources.
  • Deputise for Hd TCG as required and wider Group, College and Academy duties, responsibilities and projects as directed by Hd TCG/Dir DCMCI.
  • Must either have been, or currently be, a Wg Cdr with demonstrable SO1 experience within the Defence Air Environment
  • CapAc SQEP
  • Duty Holder Air Safety Management Course
  • Commanded at OF3/4
  • Psc(j)
  • Instructional/DS tour

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:

Name: Wg Cdr S D Clarke, CM13, COS Pers, Air Command, RAF High Wycombe, HP14 4XN.

Tel: Skype +443001664606


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

Wg Cdr S D Clarke, CM13, COS Pers, Air Command, RAF High Wycombe, HP14 4XN.


The closing date for applications is 30 September 2021 and interviews will take place week commencing 01 October 2021.

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 (Full 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(FC) TCoS are entitled to Single Living Accommodation (SLA) and Service Families Accommodation (SFA) as per Regular entitlements.

This opportunity is closed to applications.