Gunner - Air Defence Rapier

Royal Artillery

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

I'M IN CHARGE OF A VITAL SYSTEM

GUNNER AIR DEFENCE. BE THE PROTECTIVE UMBRELLA THAT PROTECTS YOUR FELLOW SOLDIERS FROM AIR ATTACKS.
The Rapier is a guided missile system. We use it to defend against cruise missiles, jets and attack helicopters. As an Air Defence Gunner, you’ll use this hi-tech weapon to protect sites like airfields, supply depots and headquarters. You'll learn how to spot enemy aircraft and target them for attack. We’ll teach you everything you need to know. Plus, you can get an HGV licence, IT qualifications and leadership skills. With all this plus worldwide travel, great mates, sports and adventurous training, it’s an experience like no other.

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 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
Then it’s off to Larkhill to become a qualified Gunner. Over 15 weeks, you do military training and sport, learn to drive a car and trailer, and do a cross-country driving course. You also learn to use Army communication systems. You then join 16 Regiment Royal Artillery, Thorney Island, and learn to use the Rapier (FSC) Air Defence System.

Entry Requirements

Age: 16 years - 35 years 6 months
Qualifications:

No formal qualifications needed

Fitness:
  • Mid Thigh Pull 70kg
  • Medicine Ball Throw 3.1m
  • 2km run 10m 45s
More information about the fitness test

Qualifications You Could Get After Training

  • HGV truck licence
  • European Computer Driving Licence (ECDL)
  • Computer Literacy and Information Technology Stage 1 (CLAIT)
  • NVQ in Learning and Development
  • Institute of Leadership and Management (ILM)

Rank Progression

Learn about rank progression here.

Pay and Benefits

From the Field

“There’s no denying that working in Afghanistan is hard, but there are plus-points too. During my tour, I got to learn lots of new skills and gained loads of valuable experience on our equipment. I enjoyed meeting new people from different countries and backgrounds, and getting the chance to experience life in Afghanistan.”

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
Basic training takes place over a series of weekends or on residential camps. You learn vital soldiering skills, like how to survive outdoors and fire weapons.

Step 2
Specialist Phase 2 training turns you into a Gunner. The 15-week programme also teaches you how to drive a Land Rover cross country and operate a cutting-edge digital communications system. Most of the training fits around your day job.

Entry Requirements

Age: 17 years 9 months - 48 years 6 months
Fitness:
  • Mid Thigh Pull 70kg
  • Medicine Ball Throw 3.1m
  • 2km run 10m 45s
More information about the fitness test
Qualifications: No formal qualifications needed

Qualifications You Could Get After Training

  • HGV truck licence
  • NVQ in Learning and Development
  • Computer Literacy and IT Stage 1 (CLAIT)
  • European Computer Driving Licence (ECDL)
  • Institute of Leadership and Management (ILM)
  • 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

    “There’s no denying that working in Afghanistan is hard, but there are plus-points too. During my tour, I got to learn lots of new skills and gained loads of valuable experience on our equipment. I enjoyed meeting new people from different countries and backgrounds, and getting the chance to experience life in Afghanistan.”

    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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