Gunner - Artillery Officer

Royal Artillery

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

COULD YOU CONTROL MAJOR FIREPOWER?

BEING AN ARTILLERY OFFICER ALLOWS ME THE OPPORTUNITY TO COMMAND MY TROOPS IN A VAST ARRAY OF ENVIRONMENTS ACROSS THE WHOLE WORLD.
As an officer in the Royal Artillery you will lead highly skilled soldiers and command the most valuable and powerful equipment on the battlefield. Whether it's calling in direct fire on enemy threats, leading a small team of specially trained soldiers behind enemy lines, or piloting a drone on covert missions, the Royal Artillery can provide a diverse and challenging career for you.

Training For The Role

Step 1
You’ll start your career on the 44-week Commissioning Course at the Royal Military Academy Sandhurst. This is for all officer cadets, regardless of the Corps that they’re hoping to join.

Step 2
After the Commissioning Course you’ll attend the 18-week Young Officers' Course at Larkhill. You learn about the Royal Artillery's equipment and communication systems and do specialist training on the roles and responsibilities of your regiment:

  • close support (field guns artillery), air defence, rockets, drones and surveillance and target acquisition. You also learn operational decision-making and artillery tactics, equipment care, management and accounting.

Entry Requirements

Age: 17 years 9 months - 28 years 11 months
Qualifications: 72 UCAS points and 35 ALIS points at GCSE, (including minimum grade C/4 in English, Maths and a science or foreign language)
Fitness:
  • Mid Thigh Pull 76kg
  • Medicine Ball Throw 3.1m
  • 2km run 10m 15s (multistage fitness test)
More information about the fitness test

Qualifications You Could Get After Training

  • Institute of Leadership and Management (ILM)
  • Chartered Institute of Personnel Development
  • Chartered Management Institute
  • City & Guilds Certificate in Human Resource Management
  • Edexel/BTEC Certificate in Management Studies

Rank Progression

Learn about rank progression here.

Pay and Benefits

From the Field

“In the 7 years I have served as an officer in the Royal Artillery, I have travelled to: Afghanistan, Canada, USA, Australia, UAE, Cyprus, sailed the Mediterranean and seen the majority of Europe, whether it be for Operations, Exercise, sport or adventurous training. I have had a number of diverse roles, each providing different challenges and experiences, and commanded over 500 soldiers. I have made life long friends and deal with new challenges every day. No other job can compare to that."

HOW TO APPLY

Once your online application has been approved, you'll have an interview with a recruiter, who will talk to you about the corps that you would like to join. You'll have the chance to learn more about your chosen corps, although you won't make your final decision until you're in training at Sandhurst.

Training For The Role

Step 1
You’ll need to pass the Army Reserve Commissioning Course at the Royal Military Academy Sandhurst. You can complete this in modules or in one go – depending on your circumstances.

Step 2
A special Royal Artillery Troop Commanders course helps you adapt your leadership skills to your new unit. Most training takes place during evenings and weekends, so it fits easily around your day job.

Entry Requirements

Age: 18 years - 48 years 11 months
Fitness:
  • Mid Thigh Pull 76kg
  • Medicine Ball Throw 3.1m
  • 2km run 10m 15s (multistage fitness test)
More information about the fitness test
Qualifications: 72 UCAS points and 35 ALIS points at GCSE, (including minimum grade C/4 in English, Maths and a science or foreign language)

Qualifications You Could Get After Training

  • Institute of Leadership and Management (ILM)
  • Chartered Institute of Personnel Development
  • Chartered Management Institute
  • City & Guilds Certificate in Human Resource Management
  • Edexel/BTEC Certificate in Management Studies

Pay and Benefits

You’ll get paid a day rate according to your rank, starting from £68.47 once you have passed Army Officer Selection and rising to £82.30 per day once you’ve commissioned as a Second Lieutenant. 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

“I wanted a job with variety, camaraderie by the bucket load and the opportunity to command soldiers. Since commissioning I have travelled the world on operations, exercises and adventurous training. I also enjoy rugby and the Army has given me time off to play. If you want the privilege of commanding the world's finest soldiers, variety in your role, the opportunity to play sport and see the world, the choice is simple.”

HOW TO APPLY

Once your online application has been approved, you'll have an interview with a recruiter, who will talk to you about the corps that you would like to join. You'll have the chance to learn more about your chosen corps, although you won't make your final decision until you're in training at Sandhurst.

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