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Officer Aviation Support

As an Aviation Support Officer you will be commanding upwards of 50 high calibre soldiers in Helicopter Arming Teams with the support of Army Landing Point Commanders. You will be responsible for all aspects of your team's management and training. Are you up to the challenge?

Officer Aviation Support

The Army Air Corps (AAC) is a flying Corps, as the majority of our officers are pilots. We select Aviation Support Officers directly from the Commissioning Course run at the Royal Military Academy Sandhurst (RMAS). The Aviation Support Officer's role is to command and support the Groundcrew element of our Apache and Wildcat Regiments.

Unique opportunity

With the advent of the Apache Helicopter and the increasing complexity of the helicopter operating environment, the requirement emerged to employ Aviation Support Officers who would dedicate themselves to the Ground Support Flight within an Attack Regiment, contributing directly to the success of Aviation support on operations. An additional characteristic necessary for an Aviation Support Officer is the desire and commitment to command large numbers of soldiers, both on exercise and operations.

The job

The Aviation Support Officer commands upwards of 50 high calibre soldiers in Helicopter Arming Teams supported by Army Landing Point Commanders. You will be responsible for all aspects of your team's personal development, management, welfare, reports and career management, including the planning and supervision of individual, team and collective training.You will be responsible for the creation and maintenance of the Forward Operating Bases (FOBs) and Forward Arming and Re-fuelling Points (FARPs) for rotary wing aircraft.

The detailed command of a vital aviation enabler that delivers security, communications, planning facilities, situational awareness, fuel, ammunition, maintenance, food and rest will be up to you. In addition to this there may be a requirement for you to operate in a Joint Service and Multinational environment.

Selection

Suitable candidates are interviewed by a Regimental Selection Board in week 28 of the RMAS Commissioning course and those successful are commissioned into the Corps on graduation. The AAC offers a three year Short Service Commission and accepts applicants from both men and women aged 18-29.

On completion of RMAS the Aviation Support Officer will complete the Aviation Support Officer Young Officer's course at Middle Wallop prior to joining a frontline Apache Regiment. Once there, you will continue training with your Apache Squadron as it conducts its Conversion to Role training, learning how to fight with and deploy the Apache.