Aviation Communication Specialist

Army Air Corps

At a glance

  • Soldier
  • combat
  • intelligence

Clear communication is vital, it's your job to maintain the crucial link between the aircraft and ground forces.

  • £16,844The minimum amount you’ll earn during training
  • £23,496Your pay after completing basic trade training
  • AgeFrom 16 years & 6 months to 35 years & 6 months
  • QualificationsNo formal qualifications needed


Clear communication is vital to winning the battle. It'll be your job to maintain the crucial link between the helicopters of the Army Air Corps and the ground forces, making sure everyone has the most up-to-date information. You'll also help pilots with mission planning. You'll learn to drive everything from Land Rovers to HGVs, and when you finish your training you can start working towards an Advanced Apprenticeship.

Wherever the Army is in the world the Army Air Corps is there ready to provide tactical aviation action and support. modern operations require big-picture thinking and large-scale cooperation, which is why the Army Air Corps is proud of it's forward-thinking personnel and cutting-edge technology.

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Key Responsibilities

  • Get the Army’s fleet of battlefield helicopters in the air - from re-arming the Apache gunship to programming the Wildcat flight maps

  • Take responsibility for all the equipment and supplies required

  • Deploy on exercise and operations all over the world, wherever your squadron is needed

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Regular (full time)

Entry requirements

  • Age:

    From 16 years & 6 months to 35 years & 6 months

  • Qualifications:

    No formal qualifications needed

  • Basic physical fitness assessment:

    • Mid Thigh Pull 50kg

    • Medicine Ball Throw 2.7m

    • MSFT (beep test) level 5.8

    More information about the fitness test

Training for the role

Step 1
Your initial military training teaches you how to be a soldier, covering everything from fieldcraft to how to handle a rifle.

  • If you join as a Junior Soldier (under 17 years and 6 months), you’ll do a 23-week basic military training course at Harrogate.

  • If you join as a Regular Soldier (over 17 years and 6 months), you’ll do the regular 14-week adult basic training.

Step 2
You then have basic Groundcrew and Communication training. After this, you can decide if you want to be a Groundcrew Specialist or a Communication Specialist. You learn about ground-to-air and ground-to-ground communication networks. You're also taught to use our Mission Planning System and help pilots plan real-life missions. You'll work in a fast-paced operations room and develop IT and radio skills. You will also get Cat B (car) and Cat C+E (LGV) driving licences.

Qualifications you could get after training

  • Advanced Apprenticeship - IT, Software, Web and Telecoms Professionals

  • Membership of Institution of Engineering and Technology (IET) and Engineering Council

  • Advanced Apprenticeship in Logistics Operations

  • Degree level 4 and 5 Certificates and Diplomas in Management and Leadership from CMI and ILM

  • Level 3, 4 and 5 Award, Certificate and Diplomas in Education and Training

Pay & benefits

Earn £18,687 a year during training. When your Initial training is finished, and you join your unit as an Airtrooper, your pay will rise to £23,496.

How to Apply

Once your online application has been approved, you'll meet with a local recruiter. This is your chance to tell us about the role that you're interested in. When you go to the Assessment Centre,you'll take tests - the results will show whether you'd be suitable for this role, or should consider a different role.

More about the joining process

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