|Date Posted||December 17, 2018|
KEEP THE ARMY MOVING WORLDWIDE
“I HAVE SERVED ALL OVER THE GLOBE. EVERY DEPLOYMENT THERE IS A REQUIREMENT FOR FUEL. WITHOUT IT THE ARMY CAN’T REMAIN MOBILE.”
Tanks, helicopters, boats – every vehicle in the Army needs fuel. As a Petroleum Operator you make sure our troops get the petrol, diesel and oil they need. You work in a Fuel Squadron: a small, highly skilled team that can be attached to the Commando and Airborne Forces. That means you could travel all over the world. Our training teaches you everything you need to know. Later, you gain more qualifications, move up through the ranks and build skills you can use in industry. And all the while, you’ll enjoy an active life, full of sports and Adventurous Training.
Work as part of a small professional team, delivering a bespoke capability to the Army and other forces.
Learn the safety aspects of petroleum products and learn how to prevent and fight fires.
Work in Fuel Squadrons that can be attached to the Royal Marines and Airborne Forces.
Work mainly outdoors, with vehicles, in support of Army, Royal Navy and Royal Air Force worldwide.
Gain transferable skills for employment in the petroleum and oil industry.
TRAINING FOR THE ROLE
You'll start with your initial military training which will teach you how to be a soldier - this will cover everything from fieldcraft to how to handle a rifle. If you join as a Junior Soldier (under 17 years 5 months), you’ll do a 23-week basic military training course at Harrogate. If you join as a Regular Soldier (over 17 years 1 month), you’ll do the regular 14-week adult basic training.
Next, you do a 7 week course at West Moors in Dorset to learn your trade. You are taught how to store and handle fuels, identify hazards and deal with fires and dangerous problems. You start by working with a supervisor and helping trained personnel. Once you’re more skilled, you’ll have more responsibility and will learn how to test and blend fuels. During training, you’ll also learn to drive different types of vehicles.
AGE: 16 YEARS 6 MONTHS - 35 YEARS 6 MONTHS
QUALIFICATIONS: No formal qualifications required
FITNESS: Lift 20kg, Carry 30m, 1.5 mile run in 14 min (14 min 30 sec for junior entry)
More information about the fitness test
QUALIFICATIONS YOU COULD GET AFTER TRAINING
Level 2 Certificate Logistics & Transport
Affiliate Membership of CILT
Lvl 3 Apprenticeship Petroleum Operations
Lvl 3 Certificate Logistics, Transport Oil & Gas
Get higher level qualifications as you progress.
Learn about rank progression here.
PAY & BENEFITS
Earn £15,230 during training. When your Initial training is finished, and you join your unit as a Private your pay will rise to £18,859.
You’ll get paid a day rate according to your rank, starting from £37.47 in training and rising to £46.42 per day once you’re a Private. This includes being paid for weekly drill nights. Plus, if you complete all of your annual training days, you’re entitled to a tax-free lump sum called a bounty. More about Reserve benefits
FROM THE FIELD
“After training, I was posted to Germany and deployed to Iraq where I put my newly acquired skills to good use. In 2011 I deployed to Afghanistan as a mentor to the Afghan Army on petroleum matters. Since then, I have served in both Canada and Kenya. In Kenya I was a Petroleum Laboratory Technician which meant maintaining the quality assurance of all petroleum products and running the fuel accounts. More recently, I have deployed on exercise in Jordan as a subject matter expert on fuel and I am looking forward to my next challenge.”