Ammunition Technician

Royal Logistic Corps



As an Ammunition Technician you’ll learn to inspect, repair, store and destroy everything from rifle ammunition to guided weapons. You’ll have responsibility early in your career and very thorough training - when you finish learning you’ll already be a Lance Corporal. Work with front line units and UK security services, deploying to operate Bomb Disposal Robots.

Later you can progress to become a Bomb Disposal operator (with extra pay), serving operationally at home or overseas. You can take your career in all kinds of directions; Weapons Intelligence, Defence Procurement and Advanced Improvised Explosive Device Disposal to name but a few.

Training For The Role

Step 1
If you want to be an Ammunition Technician, you have to go to a selection course before you start any training. The ‘Ammunition Standing Testing Board’ is held over two days at Kineton and will make sure you’re up to the job. If you pass, yYou'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 a 35-week Class 2 course at the Defence Academy Shrivenham and Kineton which teaches you about ammunition used in the Army. You learn how to inspect, test, fix, move, store and destroy it safely. Once you’re fully trained, you can develop your skills in bomb disposal.

Entry Requirements

Age: 16 years 6 months - 35 years 6 months
Qualifications: GCSE Grade A–C/9-4 in English Language and Maths and GCSE Grade A–C/9-4 Physics, Science or Integrated Science
  • Mid Thigh Pull 46kg
  • Medicine Ball Throw 2.9m
  • 2km run 11m 15s (11m 30s for Junior Entry)
More information about the fitness test

Qualifications You Could Get After Training

  • Level 2 Certificate Logistics & Transport
  • Affiliate Membership of CILT
  • NVQ Level 2 Apprenticeship Explosive Storage and Maintenance
  • Opportunity to gain higher qualifications as your career progresses

Rank Progression

Learn about rank progression here.

Pay and Benefits

From the Field

“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 the investigation and exploitation of IEDs recovered by patrols. I now work as part of a two-man team that supports the police by responding to explosive incidents. I have received world-class training enabling me to effectively operate with other military units, overseas or at home, in challenging and austere environments. I’ve had many opportunities to travel and been to Jordan, Morocco, Poland and Croatia.”


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.