COULD YOU BE THE ARMY'S NEXT AMMUNITION AND EXPLOSIVES EXPERT?
WE ARE RESPONSIBLE FOR MAINTAINING THE SAFE USE, STORAGE AND DISPOSAL OF DANGEROUS AMMUNITION AND EXPLOSIVES. WE USE OUR EXPERT KNOWLEDGE TO PROTECT OTHERS IN THE FIELD OF COUNTER-TERRORIST BOMB DISPOSAL.
As an Ammunition Technician, you’ll learn to inspect, repair, store and destroy everything from rifle ammunition to guided weapons. You will work with Army Units and UK security services, deploying bomb disposal robots.
Progression to a Bomb Disposal Operator (with extra pay) is also possible. You’ll be given responsibility early in your career as you’ll become a Lance Corporal immediately after completing your training and your career could involve work in fields such as Weapons Technical Intelligence, Ammunition Stockpile Management and Improvised Explosives Device Disposal.
Ammunition Technicians are highly sought after by the commercial energetics industry and by organisations running training in explosives and bomb disposal.
Training For The Role
You'll start with your initial military training which will teach you how to be a soldier - this will cover everything from fieldcraft to handling 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.
Next, you will undertake your 15-week Combat Logistician course at the Defence School of Transport in Leconfield. During this, you will earn your Category C+E Driving Licence and study general service driver modules. This training also gives you the opportunity to gain a broader knowledge on the Royal Logistic Corps functions and roles. After this, you will work alongside Ammunition Technicians who will mentor you until your Specialist Trade Training begins.
You will then complete your 29-week Class 2 Ammunition Technician course which is split between the Defence Academy in Shrivenham and the Defence EOD Munitions and Search Training Regiment in Kineton. You’ll learn how to inspect, test, move, store and destroy every type of ammunition and explosive.
- Mid Thigh Pull 50kg
- Medicine Ball Throw 2.7m
- 2km run 11m 30s
- MSFT (beep test) level 6.6
Qualifications You Could Get After Training
- Driving Licences: Category B and C+E.
- Level 4 Apprenticeship in Ordnance Munitions & Explosives.
- The opportunity to study for an MSc in Explosives Ordnance Engineering (on a part-time basis).
- A proven track record in the field that can gain the title of Engineering Technician (Eng Tech), Incorporated Engineer (IEng) or Chartered Engineer (CEng).
Pay and Benefits
“As an Ammunition Technician I have served within a Weapons Intelligence Specialist unit based in Northern Ireland. I deployed to Afghanistan where I used my training in explosives to work within a specialist cell conducting investigation and exploitation of IEDs recovered by patrols.
I now work as part of a two-man team supporting the UK police by responding to explosives incidents. I have received world-class training enabling me to operate effectively with other military units, overseas and at home, in challenging and austere environments. I have had many opportunities to travel and have been to Jordan, Morocco, Poland and Croatia.”