Ceremonial Gunner

Royal Artillery

At a glance

  • Soldier
  • combat

The excitement, the spectacle, the crowds: there’s nothing like being a Ceremonial Gunner. You’ll learn to ride like a pro and build an amazing career.

  • £18,687The minimum amount you’ll earn during training
  • £23,496Your pay after completing basic trade training
  • AgeFrom 16 years & 0 months to 32 years & 11 months
  • QualificationsNo formal qualifications needed
Ceremonial Gunners


Imagine being on parade with thousands of people watching. Or riding a horse at a royal event. Join us as a Ceremonial Gunner and things like this will be part of your life. In this role, you join the famous King’s Troop Royal Horse Artillery and become an expert rider. You perform on horseback and fire guns at state occasions. You can also get qualifications and skills as a carriage driver, saddler, farrier or tailor. With a great team around you plus Adventurous Training and sports, it’s an experience you’ll never forget.

The Royal Artillery is the heart of the action - everywhere across the battlefield - providing the British Army with its eyes, ears and firepower. Using high-tech surveillance devices and uncrewed aircraft, the Royal Artillery finds the enemy. We then monitor them before striking decisively. We do this by co-ordinated use of our guns, rockets and missiles, the Army’s attack helicopters and other weapons, including fast jets and even the guns of Royal Navy ships.

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Key Responsibilities

  • Enjoy a fun and challenging environment

  • Perform in front of the Royal Family

  • Work closely with horses

  • Experience the proud tradition of the Royal Artillery

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Regular (full time)

Entry requirements

  • Age:

    From 16 years & 0 months to 32 years & 11 months

  • Qualifications:

    No formal qualifications needed

  • Basic physical fitness assessment:

    • Mid Thigh Pull 50kg

    • Medicine Ball Throw 2.7m

    • MSFT (beep test) level 6.6

    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 23-week basic military training 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
Then it’s off to Larkhill, Wiltshire, for 15 weeks to become a qualified Gunner. During your training, you must pass the Potential Recruits course held by the King’s Troop Royal Horse Artillery. When you’ve passed, you’ll go to London and learn to ride and drive in a gun team of six galloping horses, and to fire royal salutes in Hyde Park.

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)

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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