Postal and Courier Operator

Royal Logistic Corps

At a glance

  • Soldier
  • logistics

Postal and Courier Operators play an essential role in maintaining one of the Army's vital lines of communication as well as keeping the morale of troops high.

  • £18,687The 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
  • QualificationsGCSEs or equivalent
Postal & Courier Operative

We are a highly skilled team that continue to provide real life support across Defence ensuring the welfare component is at the heart of our output.

Getting mail delivered isn't just important in the Army - it's vital. As a Postal and Courier Operator, you'll play a key role in getting mail to soldiers, sailors and aircrew so they can stay in touch with friends and family. You'll train as a courier, mail guard, counter clerk and sorter, learning how to use the latest IT and satellite communication systems You will work in the Secure courier network, safeguarding and distributing Protectively Marked Material in the UK and overseas.

The Royal Logistic Corps are the Army’s professional logisticians keeping the Field Army marching, its helicopters flying, its vehicles moving and its tanks and guns firing. We enable its deployment and supply it with everything it needs, wherever it operates, throughout the world.

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Key Responsibilities

  • Run your own Post Office using state-of-the-art IT systems to handle large amounts of cash and stock. Work with all types of mail - both official and private.

  • You'll be based at South Cerney in Gloucestershire with opportunities to be deployed worldwide.

  • Deploy all over the world on exercise and operations - wherever your expertise is needed.

  • Gain your Level 2 modern Apprenticeship - NVQ Level 2 Express Mail Services as well as the Defence Awarding Organisation's Level 2, 3 and 5 Award in Postal & Courier Services.

  • Earn your category B Driving License

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postal and courier

Regular (full time)

Entry requirements

  • Age:

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

  • Qualifications:

    GCSE Grades A - D / 9 - 3, or equivalent, which must include English Language and Maths.

  • Basic physical fitness assessment:

    • Mid Thigh Pull 50kg

    • Medicine Ball Throw 2.7m

    • MSFT (beep test) level 6.6

    More information about the fitness test

Training for the role

Step 1
You'll start with your initial military training which 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
Next, you’ll take a four-week course at the Defence College of Logistics, Policing and Administration in Worthy Down, Winchester. This teaches you to use our systems which help us track and trace mail all over the world. You also learn how to deal with Top Secret material. You will earn your category B driving license at the Defence School of Transport.

Step 3
Your Class 2 is awarded after 12 months on the job training and completion of all RLC PC Op Class 2 training objectives. You are then eligible to upgrade to a Class 1 Postal and Courier Operator on selection for promotion to Lance Corporal.

Qualifications you could get after training

  • Levels 2+3 Certificate in Logistics and Transport.

  • Levels 5+6 Diploma in Logistics and Transport.

  • British Institute for Facilities Management - Level 4 in Facilities Management.

  • Defence Awarding Organisation Level 2 and 3 Award in Postal Accounting Management Transactions.

  • Defence Awarding Organisation - Level 4 Award in Management of Postal and Courier Services.

  • Level 2 Express Delivery Operative.

  • Category B Driving License

Pay & benefits

Earn £18,687 a year during training. When you have completed 26 weeks' service or finished basic trade training – whichever comes first – 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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