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RAF Regiment Gunner - Level 2 Apprenticeship HM Forces Service Person RAF

As an RAF Regiment Gunner, you will specialise in ground close combat tactics, weaponry, fieldcraft and force protection. You will be part of a highly trained team carrying out a range of crucial duties in defence of RAF assets and personnel in the UK and on overseas operations.

This apprenticeship requires you to apply through the employer's website.

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Closing date: 01 Apr 2022

Apprenticeship summary

  • Annual wage

    £18,192.00 - £20,400.00

  • Working week

    Depending on the role and section you're posted to, you could be working 8-5 Mon-Fri or working shifts 24/7. Total hours per week: 37.00

    Total hours per week: 37.00

  • Expected duration

    150 weeks

  • Possible start date

    02 Apr 2022

  • Date posted

    27 Apr 2021

  • Apprenticeship level

    Level 2 (GCSE)

  • Reference number


The RAF Regiment is a highly-specialised force with responsibility for providing Force Protection to enable and support air operations. Specialists in ground combat operations, the RAF Regiment contributes to the defence of RAF airfields in the UK and overseas, Forward Air Controlling, ceremonial duties and support to Special Forces operations. As a RAF Regiment Gunner, you will:

  • Become a specialist in dismounted close combat tactics, fieldcraft and how air operations are conducted.
  • You will learn to operate a wide variety of weapon systems including individual weapons through to machine guns and anti-tank systems as well as an impressive array of state-of-the-art surveillance systems designed to help you locate the enemy and stop them from interfering with air operations.

Additionally, there are opportunities to learn how to operate and employ a range of armoured vehicles required to enable rapid mobility to protect RAF assets. Within your first few years, you will almost certainly be deployed on an overseas operations or exercises to locations including Canada, Cyprus, Middle East and Africa.

Requirements and prospects

Desired skills

Please view all of the information on the role page on the RAF Recruitment website.

Personal qualities

Please view all of the information on the role page on the RAF Recruitment website.

Desired qualifications

No formal qualifications required for application.

Future prospects

After completing one year’s total service you will be eligible for promotion to Senior Aircraftman/Aircraftwoman, providing you pass a Trade Ability Test. 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; Support to Special Forces and Instructional and ceremonial duties.

There are also opportunities to gain qualifications in:

  • DAO Level 3 Award in First Aid at Work Intermediate Apprenticeship in HM Forces.
  • Level 1 & 2 Functional Skills qualification in English and Maths if not already acquired.
  • Driving qualifications as required.

As your career progresses on successful completion of promotion courses you will achieve:

  • DAO Level 2 award in Leading Individuals and Teams.
  • DAO Level 3 Certificate in Leadership & Management Principles.
  • DAO Level 4 Certificate in Management.

As your career progresses, we will continue to train you in new skills. There will be opportunities to learn specialist combat medical skills, undertake management and leadership training, NVQs, GCSEs and A levels. 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 Endurance Training Leader.

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.

About the employer

Today’s modern RAF is the UK’s aerial, peacekeeping and fighting force. It’s made up of impressive full-time Regulars and spare-time Reserves who come from diverse backgrounds and work side-by-side to make a difference at home and abroad. When it comes to recruitment our focus is attracting the best personnel, and ensuring they’re well taken care of during and after their service in the RAF.

We offer 50+ roles ranging from drivers and photographers to engineers and nurses, but the opportunity and lifestyle that comes with joining the RAF is bigger than that.

Regardless of role, gender, age, background or qualifications, we offer:

  • World-class training and ongoing development
  • A highly competitive benefits package
  • A culture of camaraderie
  • Individual responsibility within a wider team of exceptional individuals
  • Full-time Regular and spare-time Reserve commitment levels
  • The ability to see and stay in touch with your friends and family, while also forging new friendships
  • Sporting opportunities and facilities
  • Top-of the line kit


Training provider


Applications for this apprenticeship are being processed by Ministry Of Defence


RAF Recruitment 0345 605 5555

Your training will start with a 10-week Basic Recruit Training Course 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 the RAF lifestyle.

Upon successful completion of basic recruit training you will move to RAF Honington, Suffolk. Here you will complete your specialist Gunner training course which will last for approximately 20 weeks. You will be taught how to operate and use weapons in a professional manner and learn how to survive and fight in all environmental conditions. The course includes navigation, dismounted close combat tactics, field craft and 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. In order to give you the confidence to overcome any situation you may encounter whilst on operations, the training is deliberately tough.

Apprenticeship standard

HM forces serviceperson (public services)

Level 2 (GCSE)

Employer's Application Instructions

Click the Apply as a Regular button on the website to begin the application process.

This apprenticeship requires you to apply through the employer's website.

Apply now

Closing date: 01 Apr 2022