RAF Regiment Gunner ADDED TO SAVED ROLES
Force protection

RAF Regiment Gunner

RAF Regiment Gunners specialise in infantry tactics, weaponry, field craft, and force protection. These elite soldiers carry out a range of crucial duties to defend RAF bases and overseas air operations.

Typical Responsibilities:

  • Provide forward air control and ground combat support in deployed operations
  • Train other RAF personnel in defensive military skills
  • Operate the Defence Chemical, Biological, Radiological and Nuclear Wing
  • Support various Special Forces units

Similar jobs include Parachuting instructor, Outward bound instructor or Security guard.

Royal Air Force - Regular & Reserve

RAF Regulars and Reserves work side by side.

Scroll down to explore the opportunities as a RAF Regiment Gunner in the RAF.

Key Facts

Full Time
Regular

Initial pay after training

£18,305 + Benefits

Pay during training

£14,783 + Benefits

Entry level

Airman/Airwomen

Commitment

12 Years

APPRENTICESHIP: Int Apprenticeship in HM Armed Forces

Spare Time
Reserve

Initial pay after training

Day rates dependent on rank, role and experience

Entry level

Airmen/Airwomen

Commitment

27 days per year for 12 years minimum. Each year includes a 15 day block for general RAF training, which is taken over a two week period, and 12 days for additional/trade training, or training exercises.

The possibility of being deployed to a UK or overseas base for up to 6 months after the first year.

Locations

603 Sqn Edinburgh, Scotland
606 Sqn RAF Benson, Oxfordshire (Extremely Ltd Vacancies)
609 Sqn RAF Leeming, Yorkshire
2503 Sqn RAF Waddington, Lincolnshire
2620 Sqn RAF Marham, Norfolk
2622 Sqn RAF Lossiemouth, Moray
2623 Sqn RAF Honington, Suffolk
2624 Sqn RAF Brize Norton, Oxfordshire

Royal Air Force - Regular & Reserve

In the RAF

My Role

‘The RAF Regiment is responsible for the force protection of RAF air assets; this means the planes, the personnel and the air base itself.

Right now I’m working on the RAF Regiment Presentation Team where we travel to schools raising awareness about the RAF Regiment. We bring along adventure kit like a climbing wall and military training simulator – it’s basically a rifle range in an articulated vehicle.

The friendships here are like nothing I ever felt on civvy street. You work together, you fight together, you go on Ops together. We’re responsible for each other’s lives, so you bond in a really strong way.

I’ve been to Wales a few times to do adventurous training, also Germany and America. I’ve tried parachuting, hill walking, canoeing and sailing. My last trip was to the south of France where I did a bit of wakeboarding.’

My Day

‘If I'm not out at a presentation, I’ll usually start with sorting out the adventure kit from the previous day, checking the harnesses and helmets, that sort of thing. I also send information about any leads onto the AFCO [Armed Forces Careers Office]. The kids we chat to can be anything from eight years old right up to college students, so there’s quite a bit of potential for attracting new recruits.

In the afternoon I’ll go for a run and then hit the gym afterwards. If there’s a few of us we’ll book the AstroTurf for a game of five-a-side; it usually gets quite competitive!’

Gavin, RAF Regiment Gunner

Training

Royal Air Force - Regular & Reserve

Full Time
Regular

Initial Training

Your career will start with a 10 week Basic Recruit Training Course (BRTC) at RAF Halton in Buckinghamshire. The course is designed to help you adjust to a military environment, as well as fitness and military training, you will also learn about life in the RAF. This is referred to as Phase 1 Training.

Specialist Training

Upon successful completion of Phase 1, you will move to RAF Honington, Suffolk, here you will complete your specialist training course (Phase 2) which will last for approximately 18 weeks. You will be taught how to handle and use weapons in a professional manner and learn how to survive to fight in all environmental conditions. The course includes navigation, dismounted close combat tactics, field craft and lots of physical training. RAF Regiment training is a test of character, determination and your will to succeed. By the end of the course, you will be at peak physical fitness and have learnt to operate effectively regardless of the environment you are in. The training is hard to give you the confidence to overcome any situation you may encounter whilst on operations. You will also complete your apprenticeship, including an NVQ Level 2 in Public Services Operational Delivery (Uniform). Once you have completed your specialist training you will find out which Squadron you will be posted to. Prior to starting your first tour you will spend a further 10 weeks with your Phase 2 course learning additional skills which make your transition to Squadron life easier, e.g. Driver Training.

Your first tour

For your first tour, you will be posted to an operational RAF Regiment squadron in the UK.  Here you will consolidate your training and specialise in all the tactics, weapon systems and surveillance equipment to ensure that our overseas flying bases are protected from enemy actions. Your primary role will be to patrol as part of a team in a large area surrounding an airfield to deter, locate and destroy the enemy.

Ongoing Training/Development Opportunities

As your career progresses, we will continue to train you in new skills, particularly different weapon systems. There are opportunities to learn specialist combat medical skills, undertake management and leadership training and complete GCSEs, A-levels and more advanced NVQs. In addition, you will have the chance to gain qualifications in adventurous sports such as mountaineering, rock climbing, skiing, sailing and canoeing and for you to lead training as an Enhanced Team Leader.

Your Future Career Prospects/Progression

You will initially join the RAF for a period of twelve years on a Notice Engagement with effect from 1 April 2015. After completing one year’s total service you will be eligible for promotion to Senior Aircraftman, providing you pass a Trade Ability Test and Basic Trade Training. Further promotion to the rank of Lance Corporal and beyond is by competitive selection. Like most people in the RAF, you will move jobs every few years, and each job is known as a tour. There are a wide range of jobs available to an RAF Regiment Gunner including Forward Air Controller; Parachutist; Chemical, Biological, Radiological and Nuclear Defence Specialist, Force Protection Instructor; and Ceremonial Duties. Whatever your role, you will regularly deploy on overseas operations and exercises around the globe.

Transferable Skills

The qualifications and experience you will gain as a Gunner are valuable to civilian life – which means that whenever you decide to leave the RAF, you will be well placed to find a new job. As you move up the ranks, you will gain a great deal of practical management and leadership experience, which you can develop into related civilian qualifications. Gunners who have left the Service have started their own businesses or joined the police or other emergency services.

Female Applicants

On 8th July 2016 the Prime Minister announced the outcome of the tri-Service review into Women in Ground Close Combat.  The review recommended that exclusions on women serving in Ground Close Combat roles be lifted with immediate effect.  Implementation will be rolled-out in a deliberate and methodical manner in order to ensure success.  The RAF Regiment, both Regular and Reserve, is expected to open to women no later than 2018.  Planning is currently underway to enable women to join the RAF Regiment but there will be no lowering of entry or performance standards and no quotas for the inclusion of women.  Details will be made available as soon as possible.

Royal Air Force - Regular & Reserve

Spare Time
Reserve

Initial Training

Your training will start with a Basic Recruit Training Course (BRTC) consisting of 4 weekends at your chosen RAF Reserves Squadron, followed by a 15 day residential training course at RAF Halton in Buckinghamshire. This training course will prepare you for service life in one of the most respected military forces in the world; it is also designed to help you tune into the military environment and way of life. As well as military training, you will learn about the core values, code of conduct and history of the RAF, as well as its unique lifestyle.

Specialist Training

After successfully completing initial training, you will be trained for your specific role in the RAF either at your squadron or another RAF station in the UK.

Female Applicants

On 8th July 2016 the Prime Minister announced the outcome of the tri-Service review into Women in Ground Close Combat.  The review recommended that exclusions on women serving in Ground Close Combat roles be lifted with immediate effect.  Implementation will be rolled-out in a deliberate and methodical manner in order to ensure success.  The RAF Regiment, both Regular and Reserve, is expected to open to women no later than 2018.  Planning is currently underway to enable women to join the RAF Regiment but there will be no lowering of entry or performance standards and no quotas for the inclusion of women.  Details will be made available as soon as possible.

Requirements

Full Time
Regular

Job requirements

Qualifications:

You must have or gain Functional Skills (FS) qualifications in English and Mathematics during initial RAF training. As a RAF Regiment Gunner you will undertake and have to pass these FS tests as part of your combined Gunner basic recruit and trade training course. Even if you have other qualifications in Mathematics and English (like GCSE/SCEs), you will still have to take and pass the FS Mathematics and English tests.

Age:

  • 16 – 36 (Must attest before 36th birthday)

RAF Requirements

To join the RAF you will also need to meet fitness, health, nationality, residency, and other criteria detailed below.

Spare Time
Reserve

Job requirements

Qualifications:

You must have or gain Functional Skills (FS) qualifications in English and Mathematics during initial RAF training. As a RAF Regiment Gunner you will undertake and have to pass these FS tests as part of your combined Gunner basic recruit and trade training course. Even if you have other qualifications in Mathematics and English (like GCSE/SCEs), you will still have to take and pass the FS Mathematics and English tests.

Age:

18 – 54 (Must attest before 55th birthday – Ex Regulars over the age of 55 may be considered on a case by case basis)

RAF Requirements

To join the RAF you will also need to meet fitness, health, nationality, residency, and other criteria detailed below.

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