About this course

This course is the third residential element of the RAF’s 5-stage Intermediate Officer Development Programme (IODP).

Intermediate Officer Development (IOD) 1-3 are intended for junior officers, or those specialist and RAF reserve officers who have served less than 6 years. On successful completion of IOD 1-3, and being selected for promotion, RAF officers will be nominated to attend IOD 4-5 as squadron leaders; selected warrant officers and civil servants, subject to budget manager approval, can also attend IOD 4-5.

From an academic perspective, IOD 1-3 are at the undergraduate level, in the areas of defence studies (supported by King's College London (KCL)) and broader defence leadership. IOD 4-5 are at the postgraduate level and graduates of the programme have the option of working towards a Masters in Defence (Air Power) Studies through KCL.

What you will learn

You will learn/develop:

  • an understanding of air power at the tactical and operational level
  • collaborative working, analysis and complex problem-solving
  • effective, verbal and written, communication skills, appropriate to your grade
  • leadership, management skills and how to manage future leadership challenges
  • functional business skills (management of risk, P3M, defence acquisition), appropriate to your grade
How this course will help your career

IOD 3 is a mandatory course for all RAF junior officers to attend. Successful completion of the IOD1-3 programme, are pre-requisites for eligibility for promotion. IOD 3 is a key developmental course to better enable RAF junior officers to support the needs of the RAF.

Planned dates

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Who can attend this course
Military

All personnel wishing to attend this course must be able to gain access to the RAF Division's Virtual Learning Environment (VLE), hosted on the Defence Gateway.

Material discussed on IOD 3 can cover up to UK Secret, hence all personnel attending IOD 3 must be UK personnel.

Before you attend

You will need to:

  • have completed IOD 1-2, (with a minimum of 18 months commissioned service from completion of IOD 2)
  • be a minimum of SO3 grade
  • have completed 10-hours of e-Learning
Planned dates

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How the course will be taught
Face-to-face/ Residential; Blended; e-Learning (DLE)
How you will be assessed

Formative assessment delivered through peer-to-peer and instructor-delivered verbal and written feedback.

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