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Vacancy summary

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

31/01/2022, 23:55 

May 2022
4 years
Royal Air Force
HQ Air Command
United Kingdom
FTRS - Home Commitment

Vacancy detail

A vacancy has arisen for a Squadron Leader (Any Profession) to serve as SO2 WR Strat at HQ Air Cmd on Full Time Reserve Service (Home Commitment) Terms and Conditions of Service (TCoS), with an initial proposed start date of 16 May 2022 (or earlier, depending upon candidate status).

The SO2 Workforce Requirement (WR) Strategy post works to SO1 WR Strat and is responsible for confirming the Workforce Requirement of the RAF in accordance with the Defence Strategy, RAF Command Plan, future RAF change programmes and Workforce Cost Envelopes.  SO2 WR Strategy will maintain interfaces with Resources Plans, Air Finance teams and other TLB WR planning staffs in order to establish and maintain the Global WR Demand upon the RAF ensuring Air remains within FMC-defined Workforce Cost Envelope and Air Finance control totals. The incumbent will support SO2 Strategic Workforce Requirement (SWR) with the development and maintenance of SWR tools and corresponding MI products. 

  • Leading the delivery of RAF Demand and provision of subsequent products to supporting organisations
  • Provide WR products to assist WR&R outputs (forecasting, in to training requirements, career levers)
  • Coordinating WR MI products (both Air TLB facing and up and out)
  • Interface with WR Plans, Resource Plans, WR Data Analytics and Programme teams to assure RAF WR
  • Liaise with Air Finance Business Partners to assure WR/Control Total alignment
  • Liaise with WR Establishments and other TLB WR planners to capture the other TLB demand for RAF WR
  • Focal point for WR data capture and exploitation
  • Policy coord for AP3390

•    Must either have been, or currently be, a Squadron Leader Any Profession, or Flight Lieutenant Any Profession eligible for promotion in accordance with AP 3393 Vol 1 and AP 7000. All Promotions will be ratified by means of a Promotion Board. 

If an applicant has been out of full-time military service and is applying for a post on promotion, they will also need to send their civilian appraisals or equivalent to evidence recent skills, knowledge and experience to be considered by the Promotion Board.   

•    MS Excel proficiency

•    TLB Staff appointment

  • Previous experience in Plans and Programmes.
  • Previous experience in COS Pers AoR.
  • Previous experience in risk management.
  • IOD 4 (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 as required.  Enquiries concerning this vacancy should be made to:

Name:  Wg Cdr David Riley (

Tel:  +44 (0) 3001654898


Applications.  Candidate applications, with a maximum 2-page CV (to include copies of last 3/4 appraisal reports as required) should be sent to:

Name:  Wg Cdr David Riley (

Tel:  +44 (0) 3001654898


The closing date for applications is 31 January 2022.

Interviews will take place week commencing 07 February 2022 (unless a promotion board is required).

Unless already commissioned in the Reserve Air Forces the successful applicant will be required to be commissioned in the Royal Air Force Reserves with a liability for call-out for permanent service.

The appointment is on Full Time Reserve Service (Home Commitment) TCoS in accordance with AP 3392 Vol 7 Part 1 and AP3392 Vol 7 Part 3 Chapter 2 for an initial period of 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.  Prior approval must be sought from the relevant Professions Advisor to confirm current and past experience prior to being invited to 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, Profession 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’.

Transition between TCoS.  Personnel taking this appointment from other TCoS should consider the impact on any accrued entitlements, such as leave, resettlement etc and should seek specialist guidance where required as certain entitlements are TCoS specific and may not be retained or transferred on transition between TCoS. 

Flexible Working Arrangements. In accordance with the Flexible Working (FW) Policy, Reserve personnel can request FW arrangements with their line manager.  Any immediate FW requirements should be agreed with the line management at the interview stage.  Whilst the role is permanently office based at HQ Air Cmd, there will be some opportunity to work remotely particularly in accordance with current pandemic ways of working.

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(HC) 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 RAF High Wycombe.

This opportunity is closed to applications.