BE THE ARMY'S AMMUNITION EXPERT
“I NOW WORK AS PART OF A TWO-MAN TEAM THAT SUPPORTS THE POLICE BY RESPONDING TO EXPLOSIVE INCIDENTS.”
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
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
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.
- Mid Thigh Pull 46kg
- Medicine Ball Throw 2.9m
- 2km run 11m 15s (11m 30s for Junior Entry)
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