Ammunition Technician

Royal Logistic Corps

At a glance

  • Soldier
  • logistics

Could you be an expert on explosives, ammunition and bomb disposal? After world-leading technical training, you could help keep our troops and civilians safe.

  • £18,687The minimum amount you’ll earn during training
  • £23,496Your pay after completing basic trade training
  • AgeFrom 16 years & 6 months to 35 years & 6 months
  • QualificationsGCSEs
Ammunition Technicians

I inspect, repair, store & destroy ammunition and specialise in bomb disposal.

As an Ammunition Technician, you’ll learn to inspect, repair, store and destroy everything from rifle ammunition to guided weapons. You will work with Army Units and UK security services, deploying bomb disposal robots.

Progression to a Bomb Disposal Operator (with extra pay) is also possible. You’ll be given responsibility early in your career as you’ll become a Lance Corporal immediately after completing your training and your career could involve work in fields such as Weapons Technical Intelligence, Ammunition Stockpile Management and Improvised Explosives Device Disposal.

Ammunition Technicians are highly sought after by the commercial energetics industry and by organisations running training in explosives and bomb disposal.

The Royal Logistic Corps are the Army’s professional logisticians keeping the Field Army marching, its helicopters flying, its vehicles moving and its tanks and guns firing. We enable its deployment and supply it with everything it needs, wherever it operates, throughout the world.

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Key Responsibilities

  • Be the Army’s expert in explosives engineering by completing the world's leading ammunition training programme.

  • Work alongside every aspect of the military - including Airborne and Commando Forces.

  • You could be deployed worldwide– wherever the British Army has a presence.

  • Earn your Category B and C+E Driving Licences, plus specialist vehicle driving and bomb disposal qualifications.

  • Complete a Level 4 Apprenticeship in Ordnance Munitions and Explosives and join the Institute of Explosives Engineers.

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Regular (full time)

Entry requirements

  • Age:

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

  • Qualifications:

    Qualifications: 5 GCSEs Grades A-C/9-4 which must include Maths, English Language and Physics OR Chemistry OR combined/integrated sciences

  • 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

Step 1
You'll start with your initial military training which 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
Next, you will complete your 29-week Class 2 Ammunition Technician course which is split between the Defence Academy in Shrivenham and the Defence EOD Munitions and Search Training Regiment in Kineton. You’ll learn how to inspect, test, move, store and destroy every type of ammunition and explosive. You will also earn your Cat B and C+E licenses at the Defence School of Transport in Leconfield.

Qualifications you could get after training

  • Driving Licences: Category B and C+E.

  • Level 4 Apprenticeship in Ordnance Munitions and Explosives.

  • The opportunity to study for an MSc in Explosives Ordnance Engineering (on a part-time basis).

  • A proven track record in the field that can gain the title of Engineering Technician (Eng Tech), Incorporated Engineer (IEng) or Chartered Engineer (CEng).

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.

You can earn extra pay once you reach the rank of Sergeant and you are qualified to conduct Bomb Disposal duties.

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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