Aviation Support Officer

Army Air Corps

At a glance

  • Officer
  • combat

Lead a team that gets high-tech aircraft ready for action. Get training, qualifications and an exciting career as an Aviation Support Officer.

  • £31,305The minimum amount you’ll earn during training
  • £37,425Your pay after completing basic trade training
  • AgeFrom 18 years & 0 months to 28 years & 11 months
  • QualificationsGCSE/SNQ and UCAS points
Aviation Support Officer


As an Aviation Support Officer you'll be in charge of groundcrew and communication specialists, providing the vital services that make our helicopter missions possible. You'll command up to 50 soldiers, making sure they're motivated, trained and competent to carry out their jobs. On exercises and operations you could be responsible for running the airfield at a Main Operating Base, or deploying forward to link up with Infantry units to provide re-arming and refuelling capabilities closer to the action.

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

  • Command and lead a Ground Support Flight of up to 50 soldiers as a Second Lieutenant

  • Be responsible for getting the Army’s fleet of battlefield helicopters in the air

  • Deploy all over the world, wherever your squadron goes

  • Manage the careers, wellbeing and development of your large team of soldiers

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Aviation Support Officer

Regular (full time)

Entry requirements

  • Age:

    From 18 years & 0 months to 28 years & 11 months

  • Qualifications:

    • 35 ALIS points at GCSE (34 for SNQs) from 7 GCSE/SNQ subjects, with a minimum grade C/4 in English Language, Maths, and a science or foreign language.

    • 72 UCAS Tariff points from a maximum of 3 subjects (4 for Scottish Highers) with a minimum of 2 at National Level 3 (excluding AS Levels) or National or International equivalent.

  • Basic physical fitness assessment:

    • Mid Thigh Pull 76kg

    • Medicine Ball Throw 3.1m

    • MSFT (beep test) level 8.07

    More information about the fitness test

Training for the role

Step 1
You begin by qualifying as an Army Officer. That means taking the 44-week Commissioning Course at the Royal Military Academy, Sandhurst. Here, you learn leadership skills and how to apply them in a military setting.

Step 2 
You’re then trained in aviation operations: managing helicopter landing sites, aviation communications, re-arming, re-fuelling and setting up Forward Arming and Refuelling points. When you’re finished, you’ll be capable of managing a Ground Support Flight (your team) and getting a squadron of helicopters airborne anywhere in the world.

Qualifications you could get after training

  • Degree Level (Level 5 and 6) diplomas in Management and Leadership

  • Graduate entrants get a Postgraduate Certificate in Leadership and Conflict Studies and access to the full Masters Postgraduate Degree

Pay & benefits

You'll earn £31,305 during your year of training at the Royal Military Academy, Sandhurst, before commissioning and becoming a Second Lieutenant, on £37,425 a year.

How to Apply

Once your online application has been approved, you'll have an interview with a recruiter, who will talk to you about the corps that you would like to join. You'll have the chance to learn more about your chosen corps, although you won't make your final decision until you're in training at Sandhurst.

More about the joining process

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