Light Cavalry Crewman

Royal Armoured Corps

Fight from our most agile fighting vehicle

"Fast and light, the Jackal 2 is incredibly useful in combat – and you could be at the wheel. As a Light Cavalry Crewman, you’ll drive and fire this combat vehicle, as part of a three-strong team."

As a Light Cavalry Crewman you'll be part of a crew of soldiers operating the Jackal all-terrain vehicle. After three months of basic training you'll have further training at the Armoured Centre, Bovington. If you can’t drive yet, we’ll teach you. You’ll get your car and HGV (Cat B and C) driving licences and go on to learn how to drive and maintain the Jackal and fire its weapons. Then you'll join the unit you're selected into and start playing a part in regimental life.

KEY RESPONSIBILITIES

  • Get specialist training on the Jackal 2 armoured vehicle and heavy weapons
  • Focus on combat
  • Become a reconnaissance/surveillance and cultural specialist
  • Get as good at fighting on foot as in you are in your vehicle
  • Enjoy a varied role and opportunities to travel

TRAINING FOR THE ROLE

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 49-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
Next, you’ll head to Bovington, Dorset for 20 weeks of specialist training, to develop your technical skills. You will complete your driving licence (if you don't already have it) and then move on to your HGV Class 2 (C Licence) before getting to grips with driving the fast and manoeuvrable Jackal 2. You will also learn how to maintain and fix the Jackal, use the radios and operate the heavy weapons.

ENTRY REQUIREMENTS

Age: 16 years - 35 years 6 months

QUALIFICATIONS: No formal qualifications needed

FITNESS: Lift 40kg, Carry 120m, 1.5 mile run in 13 min 15 sec (14 min 30 sec for junior entry)

More information about the fitness test

QUALIFICATIONS YOU COULD GET AFTER TRAINING

  • Car licence (Cat B)
  • HGV licence (Cat C)
  • Level 2 Technical Certificate in Engineering (Intermediate)
  • Level 3 Technical Diploma in Engineering (Advanced)

RANK PROGRESSION

Learn about rank progression here.

PAY & BENEFITS

REGULAR

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.

RESERVE

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

"Light Cavalry provide security during operations and help other nations to train their military all over the world. We are able to work for a long time on our own with minimal support from other soldiers - this makes us independent, a strong team and very good at what we do!"

TRAINING FOR THE ROLE

Step 1
Your training will take place at your local regiment, where you’ll learn the basics of soldiering.


Step 2
You’ll then go on to learn how to drive, maintain and fire the Weapons Mounted Landover. We’ll give you the same annual training tests as regular soldiers – and the same opportunities to join in adventure training and sport.:

ENTRY REQUIREMENTS

Age: 18 years - 50 years

QUALIFICATIONS: No formal qualifications needed

FITNESS: Lift 40kg, Carry 120m, 1.5 mile run in 13 min 15 sec (14 min 30 sec for junior entry)

More information about the fitness test

QUALIFICATIONS YOU COULD GET AFTER TRAINING

  • Car licence (Cat B)
  • HGV licence (Cat C)
  • Level 2 Technical Certificate in Engineering (Intermediate)
  • Level 3 Technical Diploma in Engineering (Advanced)

RANK PROGRESSION

Learn about rank progression here.

PAY & BENEFITS

REGULAR

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.

RESERVE

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

“Since joining the Army Reserve eight years ago, I’ve been on operations in Iraq with my Regular counterparts and trained in the United States with the National Guard. I've also trained and led my own soldiers in the UK. On top of this, I’m involved in the management of the troops as well as training and passing on my operational experience to the soldiers.”

HOW TO APPLY?

Once your online application has been approved, you'll meet with a local recruiter. This is your chance to tell us about the role that you're interested in. When you go to the Assessment Centre,you'll take tests - the results will show whether you'd be suitable for this role, or should consider a different role.