Port Operator
British Army
Andover, Hampshire
36d ago


  • Work out of the military port in Marchwood (Southampton).
  • Learn how to load and unload vessels to meet port deadlines and operational commitments.
  • Travel worldwide, wherever military vessels go, loading and unloading as part of a Port Task Group.
  • Work in support of Royal Marines, Airborne Forces and multinational organisations.
  • Gain multiple vehicle licences and a vast array of civilian qualifications.
  • Step 1

    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.

    Step 2

    You then get a range of driving licences, up to LGV level C+E. After this, it’s off to Southampton for an 8 week Port Operators course.

    You’ll learn to transfer cargo between military and civilian transport using cranes and other equipment. We’ll also teach you how to secure different kinds of cargo, how set up a logistic beach unit and how to transfer cargo from sea to land when you’re not in a port. :


    Age : 16 years 6 months - 32 years 11 months

    QUALIFICATIONS : No formal qualifications required

    FITNESS : Lift 20kg, Carry 60m, 1.5 mile run in 14 min (14 min 30 sec for junior entry)

    More information about the fitness test


  • Level 2 Certificate Logistics & Transport
  • Affiliate Membership of CILT
  • Level 2 Apprenticeship Port Operations
  • Get higher level qualifications as you progress

    Learn about rank progression here.


    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

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