2624 (County of Oxford)
More about this squadron
2624 (County of Oxford) Squadron is a force protection squadron manned by Gunners. The squadron is part of No 4 Force Protection Wing.
Training as a Gunner is varied and challenging – you could be firing live weapons on a range, learning unarmed combat in the gym, abseiling from helicopters or learning survival skills. You might also find yourself on exercise with your regular counterparts either in the UK or overseas or on a specialist training course.
History and heritage
No 2624 (County of Oxford) Sqn was formed in 1982 as an RAuxaF Regiment Field Squadron tasked with providing ground defence for RAF Brize Norton. The Sqn was then reassigned to support the Harrier Force in Germany until 1992, when it reverted back to its original task at the end of the Cold War.
In 1998, the Sqn re-roled to a Role Support Sqn and was tasked to support the Air Refuelling Force based at RAF Brize Norton and RAF Lyneham.
In 1999, 2624 Sqn was re tasked as an Operations Support Sqn, tasked to provide trained Force Protection Personnel for RAF expeditionary operations.
On 30th April 2001, 2624 (County of Oxford) Sqn was disbanded.
On 1st April 2013, 2624 (County of Oxford) Sqn was reformed once again provide trained Force Protection Specialists for RAF expeditionary operations.
Roles and specialist skills
Gunners make up the ground-fighting troops of the RAF and are trained to provide ground defence to prevent attacks on airfields and keep the flight pathways clear.
As a Gunner, you will have to master a range of skills, which include infantry tactics, covert observation, target acquisition and close combat skills. Gunners also receive specialist weapons training, so you will become an expert at handling everything from a bayonet to an anti-tank missile.
Combat training is physically and mentally demanding and can take place anywhere in the world, from the jungle to the arctic. Gunners need to be fit, active and prepared to endure difficult and demanding situations, so you’re likely to enjoy playing sport or keeping fit, working outdoors and being part of a team. You must be able to swim at least 100 metres.
For reasons of operational effectiveness, women cannot be accepted for this role.