Movement Controller

The Army

The Army

Movement Controller


As a Movement Controller you'll be at the centre of defence activity internationally and co-ordinate the movement of soldiers and equipment all over the world. It’s your job to direct and prepare troops, vehicles and equipment for transport by road, rail, sea and air. It’s a great opportunity to travel whilst gaining qualifications that are recognised outside the Army. You need to be organised and good with people, including the UK's Allied partners, commercial organisations and senior soldiers and officers. It also helps if you’re able to think on your feet. 


If you want to be a Movement Controller, 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.

After this, you have a 7-week course at RAF Brize Norton to learn your trade. You’ll be supervised by experienced staff and trained to monitor transport, put movement plans into action and enforce regulations. We’ll also teach you about reserving seats, berths and stowage space.


The Army can help you gain a range of qualifications. These could include:

  • Level 2 Certificate Logistics & Transport
  • Affiliate Membership of CILT
  • Level 2 Apprenticeship International Trade & Logistics
  • Lvl 3 Cert Global Logistics
  • Lvl 5 Diploma Logistics & Tpt
  • BSc(Hons) Logistic Mgmt (University of Lincoln)


We'll be with you every step of the way as you move up the ranks. From the moment you begin your training you'll get all the support and encouragement you need to make a success of your career. Work hard and you'll soon get promoted, which means more responsibility and extra pay.

Become a Movement Controller and you’ll:

-           Earn a starting salary of around £15,600 during Basic Training which will rise to £20,000 after completing 26 weeks’ training or after completing your Initial Trade Training, if less than 26 weeks

-           Receive subsidised accommodation and facilities, increasing your disposable income

-           Receive free medical and dental health cover

-           Have the continuous access promotional opportunity and to continually progress your career

-           Be sponsored to earn valuable civilian-recognised qualifications

-           Take part in Adventurous Training and be able to play your favourite sports.


You should be:

  • Regular Army age: 16.6 – 35.6 years
  • Army Reserve age:
    New enlistments: 17.9 – 43 years
    Ex-Regular: 17.9 – 52 years
    Specialist (Soldier): 17.9 – 50 years


Qualifications you’ll need:

GCSE Grade A–C/9-4 in at least English Language and Maths

Fitness requirements:

  • Mid Thigh Pull 46kg
  • Medicine Ball Throw 2.9m
  • 2km run 11m 15s (11m30s for Junior Entry)

Our next deadline for application is 30th September 2020, with further opportunities ongoing throughout the year.



  • Location: Nationwide
  • Job Title: Movement Controller
  • Salary: £15,600 during Basic Training which will rise to £20,000 after completing 26 weeks
  • Closed: 28 Sep 2020

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