Tank Crew

Royal Armoured Corps

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  • Soldier
  • combat
  • engineering
  • logistics

Always wanted to drive a tank? Get to grips with the awesome Challenger 2 as part of a four-person crew.

  • £18,687The minimum amount you’ll earn during training
  • £23,496Your pay after completing basic trade training
  • AgeFrom 16 years & 0 months to 35 years & 6 months
  • QualificationsNo formal qualifications needed
Tank crew at work

Nothing beats the feeling of driving and firing a tank - I love it! I'm part of a small team and we all get on. It's a great vehicle and a great job.

A powerful engine, heavy armour and massive firepower: that’s the Challenger 2 Main Battle Tank. As a member of a Tank Crew you’ll drive and operate this amazing vehicle as part of a four-strong team. You’ll get to work in different roles including driver, gunner and loader. Eventually you can even qualify to command your own tank. But first, you’ll get first-class training that will teach you how to look after your tank.

The Royal Armoured Corps (RAC) provides the armour capability of the British Army. It combines speed, momentum, firepower and reconnaissance capabilities with armoured fighting vehicles, such as the Challenger 2 Main Battle Tank and Jackal Fighting Vehicle.

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Key Responsibilities

  • Get specialist training in tank warfare and armoured combat

  • Focus on combat

  • Be part of a four-person crew who live, work and fight from the British Army’s most impressive armoured vehicle

  • Take on the only role in the British Army that allows you to become a tank driver

  • Enjoy a varied role and opportunities to travel

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Regular (full time)

Entry requirements

  • Age:

    From 16 years & 0 months to 35 years & 6 months

  • Qualifications:

    No formal qualifications needed

  • Basic physical fitness assessment:

    • Mid Thigh Pull 76kg

    • Medicine Ball Throw 3.1m

    • MSFT (beep test) level 8.06

    More information about the fitness test

Training for the role

Your initial military training teaches you how to be a soldier, covering everything from fieldcraft to how to handle a rifle.

  • If you join as a Junior Soldier (under 17 years and 6 months), you’ll do a 40-week basic military training (long) course at Harrogate.

  • If you join as a Regular Soldier (over 17 years and 6 months), you’ll do the regular 14-week adult basic training.

Step 2
You head to Bovington, Dorset, for 20 weeks of specialist training to develop your technical skills. You will complete your driving licence (if you don't already have it) and then move on to your tracked vehicle licence (the H licence) before getting to grips with driving the 62-tonne Challenger 2. You will also learn how to maintain and fix the Challenger 2 as well as use the radios.

Qualifications you could get after training

  • Car licence (Cat B + E)

  • HGV licence (Cat C) Cat H

  • Level 2 Intermediate Apprenticeship HM Forces Service Person (Public Services)

  • Functional Skills Levels 1 & 2 in Maths and English

As your career progresses you may also earn:

  • Level 3 Advanced Apprenticeship: Learning Mentor

Pay & benefits

Earn £18,687 a year during training. When you have completed 26 weeks' service or finished basic trade training – whichever comes first – your pay will rise to £23,496.

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.

More about the joining process

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