Light Gunner

Royal Artillery

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Become a highly skilled Gunner and make a big difference on the battlefield. Get qualifications, make friends for life and enjoy an exciting Army career.

  • £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
Light Gunners

Operating such an awesome weapon is a thrilling job that tests your skills to the max.

You control the Light Gun, a weapon that can go almost anywhere. You and your crew travel into action and support Infantry or other combat units – which means you’re crucial in battle. You’ll be trained to look after the gun and fire it, hitting targets up to 10 miles away. In some of our Reserve roles, in time you can attempt the arduous Patrols course to become and elite Special Observer – working in a team of six well ahead of friendly forces and sometimes behind enemy lines. You can also learn new skills and take qualifications – even learn to drive an HGV. Your CV will take you far, inside or outside the Army. With sports, Adventure Training and great mates around you too, it's an exciting career.

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

  • Work as part of a close-knit team

  • Protect troops on the ground

  • Move around the battlefield to support the mission

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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 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 in Wiltshire for 15 weeks to become a qualified Gunner before joining your chosen regiment where you learn to fire and look after the Light Gun. To join 29 Commando Regiment Royal Artillery, you need to pass the All Arms Commando course at Lympstone, Devon. To join 7 Para Royal Horse Artillery you then need to pass P Company selection at Catterick, North Yorkshire, and the Basic Parachute Course at RAF Brize Norton in Oxfordshire.

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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