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Gunners

RAF Regiment Gunner

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Provide combat support todeployed air operations anywhere in the world – fighting on the ground toensure control of the air.

The RAF Regiment is ahighly-specialised force with responsibility for providing dismounted closecombat support to air operations. Specialists in ground combat operations insupport of aircraft, the RAF Regiment conducts the defence of the RAF airfieldsoverseas, a unique Chemical, Biological and Radiological protection capability,forward air controlling, combat search and rescue, state and ceremonial duties,support to special forces operations and the co-ordination of all the RAF’swider Force Protection needs.

As a RAF Regiment Gunner,you will become a specialist in dismounted close combat tactics and fieldcraft.You will operate with a range of weapons from grenades and rifles, right up tomachine guns and anti-tank missiles. The RAF Regiment also have an impressivearray of state-of-the-art surveillance systems designed to help you locate theenemy and stop them from preventing our air operations.

Within your first fewyears, you will almost certainly be deployed on an overseas operation orexercise. You are likely to spend several months a year out of the UK in places as diverse as Canada, Central America and the Middle East. The RAF Regiments operates 24 hours a day inall weather and environments ranging from desert, jungle or Arcticconditions.

Training

Recruit Training

Your career will start with a 10-week Basic Recruit TrainingCourse at RAF Halton in Buckinghamshire. The course is designed to help youadjust to a military environment, as well as develop fitness and military skills.You will also learn about life in the RAF. This is referred to as Phase 1Training.

Specialist Training

Upon successful completion of Phase1 you will move to RAF Honington, Suffolk.Here you will complete your specialist Gunner training course (Phase 2) whichwill last for approximately 18 weeks. You will be taught howto handle and use weapons in a professional manner and learn how to survive andfight in all environmental conditions. The course includes navigation,dismounted close combat tactics, field craft and physical training. RAFRegiment training is a test of character, determination and your will tosucceed. By the end of the course you will be at peak physical fitness and havelearnt to operate effectively regardless of the environment. In order to giveyou the confidence to overcome any situation you may encounter whilst onoperations, the training is deliberately tough. You will be enrolled onto aNational Level apprenticeship, gaining an NVQ Level 2 in Public ServicesOperational Delivery (Uniform). Prior to starting your first squadron tour youwill spend a further 10 weeks learning additional skills which make yourtransition to squadron life easier, e.g. Driver Training, advance weapon skilland tactics.

Life as an RAF Regiment Gunner

Your First Tour

Foryour first tour you will be posted to an operational RAF Regiment squadron locatedwithin the UK.Here you will consolidate your training and specialise in tactics, weaponsystems and surveillance equipment to ensure that you are ready to protect ouroverseas RAF bases from enemy action. Your primary role will be to patrol aspart of a team in a large area surrounding an airfield to deter, locate anddestroy the enemy.

Ongoing Training/Development Opportunities

Asyour career progresses we will continue to train you in new skills. There willbe opportunities to learn specialist combat medical skills, undertakemanagement and leadership training, NVQs, GCSEs and A levels. In addition, youwill have the chance to gain qualifications in adventurous sports such asmountaineering, rock climbing, skiing, sailing and canoeing and for you to leadtraining as an Enhanced Team Leader.

Your Future CareerProspects/Progression

Youwill initially join the RAF for a period of up to 12 years . After completingone year’s total service you will be eligible for promotion to SeniorAircraftman, providing you pass a Trade Ability Test and Basic Trade Training.Further promotion to the rank of Lance Corporal and beyond is by competitiveselection. Like most people in the RAF you will move jobs every few years andeach job is known as a tour. There are a wide range of jobs available to an RAFRegiment Gunner including Forward Air Controller; Paratrooper; Chemical,Biological, Radiological and Nuclear Defence Specialist, Force ProtectionInstructor and Ceremonial Duties Specialist. Whatever your role, you willregularly deploy on overseas operations and exercises around the globe.

Transferable Skills

Thequalifications and experience you will gain as a Gunner are valuable tocivilian life – which means that whenever you decide to leave the RAF you willbe well placed to find a new job. As you move up the ranks you will gain agreat deal of practical management and leadership experience which you can developinto related civilian qualifications.

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