Gunner - Artillery Surveillance Observer

Royal Artillery

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

SPOT THE ENEMY USING HI-TECH RADAR

YOU SPOT ENEMY UNITS USING RADAR. THEN WE LOCK IN AND DESTROY THEM – WHICH MAY SAVE MANY LIVES.
Picture this: your troops are coming under heavy fire. The enemy guns need to be destroyed. You pin-point their positions using radar and tell your commander. Then British Army missiles take the enemy guns out. It’s a typical day for a Surveillance Observer. Whoever the enemy and whatever the weapon, you’ll help us stop them in their tracks. It’s a job that can take you round the world. Life off-duty is just as exciting with mates, sports and Adventurous Training. On top of that, you can gain qualifications and build a great CV.

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 and on to your chosen regiment. If you want to join 29 Commando Regiment Royal Artillery you need to pass the All Arms Commando Course at Lympstone. If you want to join 7 Para Royal Horse Artillery you need to pass ‘P’ Company selection at Catterick and the Basic Parachute Course at Brize Norton.

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)
  • Institute of Leadership and Management (ILM)
  • Tracked vehicle driving licence

Rank Progression

Learn about rank progression here.

Pay and Benefits

From the Field

“My role involves commanding my detachment on the radar equipment, supervising troop training and being responsible for organising courses for the younger gunners. I love a challenge and my job certainly delivers plenty of those, whether servicing the vehicles or equipment, being on duty as guard commander or being on tour 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
Then you move onto specialist training to learn to operate and maintain the sophisticated radar kit which is a vital part of your job. You learn to drive the vehicles on which the radars are mounted, and you can get your HGV licences. Training is designed to fit around your other commitments.

Entry Requirements

Age: 17 years 9 months - 49 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
  • Institute of Leadership and Management (ILM)
  • Computer Literacy and IT Stage 1 (CLAIT)
  • European Computer Driving Licence (ECDL)
  • Tracked vehicle driving licence
  • 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

    “My role involves commanding my detachment on the radar equipment, supervising troop training and being responsible for organising courses for the younger gunners. I love a challenge and my job certainly delivers plenty of those, whether servicing the vehicles or equipment, being on duty as guard commander or being on tour 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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