Tank Crewman

Royal Armoured Corps

This is available as a full time Army role.
This is available as a part time Army role.

GO INTO BATTLE WITH DEVASTATING FIRE POWER

THE WORK IS EXCITING - DRIVING AND FIRING A 60-TONNE MAIN BATTLE TANK IS A GREAT DEAL OF RESPONSIBILITY.
A powerful engine, heavy armour, and massive firepower: that’s the Challenger 2 Main Battle Tank. As a Tank Crewman you’ll drive and operate this amazing vehicle as part of a four-strong team. You’ll get to work in different roles including driver, gunner and loader. Eventually you can even qualify to command your own tank. But first, you’ll get first-class training that will teach you to look after your tank.

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 40-week 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 tracked vehicle licence (the H licence) before getting to grips with driving the 62 tonne Challenger 2. You will also learn how to maintain and fix the Challenger 2 as well as use the radios.

Entry Requirements

Age: 16 years - 35 years 6 months
Qualifications:

No formal qualifications needed

Fitness:
  • Mid Thigh Pull 76kg
  • Medicine Ball Throw 3.1m
  • 2km run 10m 15s
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 and Benefits

From the Field

"After three months of basic training you will get selected to your Regiment. You’ll then have further training at the Armoured Centre, Bovington. If you can’t drive now, we’ll teach you and help you get your licence. You’ll go on to learn how to drive, maintain and fire the Challenger 2 Main Battle Tank. With our expert training, you’ll soon get to grips with the tank’s awesome weapons and communications systems. In the British Army, the learning never stops. We’ll make sure that you’re always well prepared for the next challenge."

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.

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 Challenger 2 Main Battle Tank. 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: 17 years 9 months - 49 years 6 months
Fitness:
  • Mid Thigh Pull 76kg
  • Medicine Ball Throw 3.1m
  • 2km run 10m 15s
More information about the fitness test
Qualifications: No formal qualifications needed

Qualifications You Could Get After Training

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

Pay and Benefits

You'll get paid a day rate according to your rank, starting from £39.34 in training and rising to £50.21 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."

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.

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