Gunner - Light Gunner

Royal Artillery

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

GUNNERS ARE VITAL ON THE BATTLEFIELD

BECOME A HIGHLY SKILLED GUNNER AND MAKE A BIG DIFFERENCE ON THE BATTLEFIELD.
You control the Light Gun, a weapon that can go almost anywhere. You and your crew travel into action by land or by air, and support Infantry or other combat units – which means you’re crucial in battle. You’ll be trained to look after the gun and fire it, hitting targets up to 10 miles away. You can also learn new skills and take qualifications – even learn to drive an HGV. Your CV will take you far, inside or outside the Army. With sports, Adventure Training and great mates around you too, it's an exciting career.

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 for 15 weeks to become a qualified Gunner and on to your chosen regiment and learn to fire and look after the Light Gun. To join 29 Commando Regiment Royal Artillery, you need to pass the All Arms Commando course at Lympstone. To join 7 Para Royal Horse Artillery you then 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)
  • NVQ in Learning and Development
  • Institute of Leadership and Management (ILM)

Rank Progression

Learn about rank progression here.

Pay and Benefits

From the Field

“The thing about being a soldier is that you get a massive sense of achievement and pride when you complete a task or mission. Yes, the physical training is tough and the trips away can be hard work, but we’re always doing something different and experiencing new things. And along the way, I have made some of the best friends in my life.”

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
After mastering the basics you go on to Phase 2 training. You learn how to maintain, operate and fire the Light Gun to devastating effect. You can also get loads of different driving licences, all the way up to HGV level.

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
  • 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

    “The thing about being a soldier is that you get a massive sense of achievement and pride when you complete a task or mission. Yes, the physical training is tough and the trips away can be hard work, but we’re always doing something different and experiencing new things. And along the way, I have made some of the best friends in my life.”

    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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