RAF Mover - Spare Time Reserve

As an RAF Mover, you will be responsible for planning and executing the movement of RAF personnel and cargo by road, rail, air and sea.


The skills you acquire as a Reserve won’t just prepare you for the RAF, they will enhance your work and civilian life.


RAF Movers are responsible for the movement of troops and cargo according to RAF operational needs. You will operate IT systems, load and unload transport aircraft and accompany cargo all over the world. You could be checking-in passengers flying out on operations or operating forklift trucks and specialist vehicles to load cargo and baggage to transport aircraft. It could be your job to plan aircraft loads using IT systems, or calculate aircraft weights and balances using pen and paper with weight and balance paperwork. You could work in a port where shipments of cargo and explosives are handled, or help put together an under-slung load for a helicopter. 

Within your first few years, you will probably be detached overseas for anything from a few days to a few months. 


Your training will start with a Basic Recruit Training Course consisting of 4 weekends at your chosen RAF Reserves Squadron, followed by a 15-day residential training course at RAF Halton in Buckinghamshire. As well as military training, you will learn about the core values, code of conduct and history of the RAF, as well as its unique lifestyle.


Your next step will be a Basic Movements Training specialist-training course at 4624 Squadron, which lasts for 10 months. This course will give you a basic understanding of your role as a RAF Mover, which includes transport procedures and regulations, aircraft loading and the handling of passengers and cargo. On graduation from this course you will be promoted to Air Specialist Class 2.


Day rate starts at £39.34 + Benefits


  • Be aged 18-54 Applicants must apply no later than age 54 and 9 months in order to attest before 55th birthday Ex-Regulars and specialist entrants may be considered on a case by case basis.
  • No qualifications required but you will need to meet the relevant Defence Aptitude Assessment score for the role.
  • Applicants must have a full, unrestricted UK Driving Licence.
  • Be a citizen of the United Kingdom or the Republic of Ireland, holder of dual UK/other nationality or have been a Commonwealth citizen since birth.
  • Commit to 27 days per year.
  • Pass the Defence Aptitude Assessment.


4624 Sqn, RAF Brize Norton, Oxfordshire  

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 Part Time Job
 Published on 2023-08-25
 Deadline NA