Gunner - Unmanned Aerial Systems

Royal Artillery

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

COULD YOU PILOT DRONES ON THE BATTLEFIELD?

BE AT THE HEART OF ACTION – EVEN BACK AT THE BASE. FLY REMOTE-CONTROLLED DRONES INTO ENEMY TERRITORY TO GATHER VITAL INFORMATION.
Drones are unmanned aircraft that can fly over the battlefield. Join us as a Gunner – Unmanned Aerial Systems and we’ll teach you how to control them: how to prepare a drone for missions, how to fly it and how to read the pictures and data it brings back. At the same time, you’ll learn skills and get qualifications that you can use in civilian life – in everything from IT to leadership. In your spare time, you’ll have the chance to play sports, enjoy Adventurous Training and hang out with your mates – who may well become friends for life.

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 train as a Gunner. You do military training, sports and Adventurous Training. You also learn to drive a car and trailer and do a cross country driving course in a Land Rover. After this, you join 32 Regiment Royal Artillery, Larkhill or 47 Regiment Royal Artillery, Thorney Island. At this point, you learn to control a drone (unmanned aircraft) to help find and destroy the enemy.

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

“What I really like is the variety of prospects available to me. It’s not just about promotions, though. I get to play lots of different types of sport. And I think the pay is pretty good. I pay hardly anything on rent and bills, so more of the money I earn is my own. Flying UASs is great fun and puts us at the centre of all missions 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
You do your basic training at weekends and on short residential courses.

Step 2
Phase 2 training is specialist training for your job, and it’s also designed to fit around your other commitments. You do extra fitness and tactical training and learn all the skills you need to fly and maintain unmanned aircraft and operate cameras and digital communications equipment.

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
  • European Computer Driving Licence (ECDL)
  • Computer Literacy and IT Stage 1 (CLAIT)
  • Literacy and numeracy qualifications
  • 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

    “What I really like is the variety of prospects available to me. It’s not just about promotions, though. I get to play lots of different types of sport. And I think the pay is pretty good. I pay hardly anything on rent and bills, so more of the money I earn is my own. Flying UASs is great fun and puts us at the centre of all missions 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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