Non-commissioned officers (Ground trades)

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Non-commissioned officers (Ground trades). When selected for promotion, personnel in the ground trades will be required to successfully undertake the appropriate Junior/Intermediate and Advanced Management and Leadership Course (J/I/AMLC) as a pre-requisite for substantive promotion to cpl, sgt and FS respectively. Attendance on the appropriate course should be undertaken within the first six months in rank. Importantly generic PMD(A) requirements are in addition to any Trade Management Training (TMT) or specialist Further Training (FT) needed for advancement. Service competencies PROMEXl|J/I/AMLC|RAF are applied accordingly upon successful completion of the courses.

    1. NCA. To become eligible for promotion, sgts must complete CMT1, and FS must complete CMT2. The NCA attendance qualification is a minimum of 4 years seniority in rank and the receipt of a positive promotion recommendation, supported by the flt cdr. NCA who either voluntarily withdraw from or refuse to attend a CMT course without acceptable reason will be regarded as having refused promotion. When an NCA is compulsorily withdrawn from CMT, a Board of Officers at Manning will decide whether the NCA should be withdrawn from the half yearly Promotion List (PL) or offered a further opportunity to complete CMT. If an NCA in the paid acting rank of MAcr fails CMT, a Board of Officers will decide whether the NCA should revert to their substantive rank. In cases where acting rank is retained, a Board of Officers will decide whether substantive promotion should be retrospective when a subsequent course is completed. Forfeiture of seniority will usually arise only if withdrawal from training is attributable to any factor within the individual's control. The JPA competencies PROMEX|NCACMT1/2|RAF are awarded upon completion of CMT 1 and 2 respectively.

    1. WO and MAcr. Following the withdrawal of the Joint Services Warrant Officer Course (JSWOC), the Warrant Officer Development Programme (WODP) consists of the Warrant Officer Study Period (WOSP). From Jul 08, completion of the WOSP became mandatory for all WO and MAcr within the first year of rank. From 1 Apr 10, the award of substantive warrant officer rank is only be made after successful completion of the WOSP; substantiation of rank then triggers the award of the Royal Warrant. The JPA qualifier PROMEX|WOSP|RAF is awarded on completion of the course.

    1. New cohort JOs. The JODP is mandatory for new cohort JO (IOT graduates from Jul 06)24 and the responsibility for securing a place on JOD courses rests with the individual officer. Officers in flying training will routinely be allocated a JOD1 place as part of their courses. Completion of the JODP is a pre-requisite for substantive promotion to sqn ldr. The Service competency MilSymbol|JOD1|RAF (and JOD 2, JOD 3) is awarded on completion of each residential phase and JODP for completion of the entire programme, which will include any post JOD3 Distance Learning (DL).

    1. Legacy cohort JOs. Legacy cohort JOs are not mandated to complete residential PMD(A) courses. However, successful completion of the JOCC (withdrawn), JOD(L) (withdrawn) or JOD2 plus Individual Staff Studies Course (ISSC) or Tutor-assessed Effective Writing Exercise (TEWE) remains a pre-requisite for substantive promotion to Sqn Ldr. In completing the requisite training individuals also undertake valuable education to increase their air power and leadership knowledge thus making them more effective as JOs.

    1. Legacy cohort JOs who have yet to complete JOCC or JOD(L) and who wish to achieve eligibility for substantive promotion while undertaking the beneficial education that the JODP provides are able to complete the 2 week JOD2 together with associated tutor supported and self-study TEL alongside new cohort officers. The Service qualifier MilSymbol|JOCC|RAF will be awarded to legacy cohort JOs completing JOCC, JOD(L) or JOD2. A flow diagram for routes to qualification is provided below:

    1. Officers in flying training. Officers in lengthy Phase 2 flying training will routinely be allocated a JOD1 place by staff at the Formal Training Establishment (FTE). In effect, JOD1 is an embedded element of the flying course programme in accordance with the schedule promulgated by Director Flying Training25. Late nomination places will be made available for trainee aircrew in the event that operating constraints (for example weather or ac serviceability issues) impede course/phase completion26.

    1. Commissioned WOs, Branch officers and JOs over 45. Personnel passing the Commissioned WO course after 16 Feb 09 are required to complete the entire JODP but the timing of engagement is accelerated in recognition of their previous RAF experience (see Annex A). Branch officers, commissioned WOs (pre-16 Feb 09) and JOs over 45 years of age should note that whilst not mandated to complete the JODP they are not exempt ICSC(A) upon promotion to sqn ldr, and the ICSC(A) syllabus assumes that students have attained the JODP standard in all subject areas.

    1. New cohort sqn ldrs. New cohort sqn ldrs (those gaining acting or substantive sqn ldr rank on or after 2 Jul 08) are required to attend ICSC(A) within the first year of rank and will usually be allocated a course by RAF Manning when first notified of their award of acting/substantive promotion27. Due to operational pressures and critical shortages in some areas, dispensation has been given to the flying branch for ICSC(A) attendance to be completed in the period 6 months before taking acting rank and up to 2 years (rather than the first year) in rank. However, every effort should be made to attend the course in the first year. The Service qualifier ILPMD(A) is awarded on completion of ICSC(A).

    1. Mid-cohort sqn ldrs. Mid-cohort sqn ldrs, (those with seniority of 1 Jan 07 to 1 Jul 08 inclusive), are also mandated to attend ICSC(A). However, due to the limited availability of course places, the flow of students needs to be managed to maximise early attendance for individual benefit and fill course places for organisational efficiency. Accordingly, mid-cohort sqn ldrs are required to complete the course by 1 Jul 11. The Service qualifier ILPMD(A) is awarded on completion of ICSC(A). From 1 Jul 12, mid-cohort sqn ldrs will only be considered for promotion to wg cdr if they are ICSC(A) graduates (either the 4-week or 8-week course). The Service competency MilSymbolILPMD(A)|RAF is awarded on completion of the 8 week ICSC(A); qs was awarded previously for the 4-week course.

    1. Legacy cohort sqn ldrs. Legacy cohort sqn ldrs (substantive sqn ldrs as at 31 Dec 06) are not mandated to attend ICSC(A) but are strongly encouraged to complete the course as it is a key indicator of suitability for further promotion. From 1 Jul 12, only personnel who have successfully completed ICSC(A) (either 4-week or 8-week), or who have been excused through Accreditation of Prior Learning (APL), may be presented to promotion boards. The Service qualifier MilSymbolILPMD(A)|RAF is awarded on completion of the 8 week ICSC(A); qs was awarded previously for the 4-week course.

    1. Accreditation of prior learning (APL). Ideally, all sqn ldrs should attend ICSC(A) to help them develop the skills necessary for their rank and be competitive at promotion boards. However, it is acknowledged that lengthy experience in rank provides a qualification of itself. For legacy cohort sqn ldrs with seniority pre-dating 1 Jul 02, the opportunity exists for APL in regards to the award of eligibility for promotion to wg cdr. To qualify for APL, sqn ldrs with the necessary seniority should have attended a HAWC or the Air Battle Staff Course (since 1 Jan 06) and currently be in receipt of 4 consecutive OJAR performance assessments of a minimum B grade. Personnel meeting these criteria will be eligible for presentation to promotion boards without a pass at ICSC(A) when the policy change occurs in Jul 12, and will remain eligible providing the performance grade does not fall below B.

Figure 2 – Sqn ldr engagement in ICSC(A)

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