- Entry level
- No Education
- Salary to negotiate
- UNITED KINGDOM, GB
REPAIR, MAINTAIN AND ADAPT ALL ARMY WEAPON SYSTEMS
“ARMOURERS KEEP THE WEAPONS IN THE HANDS OF ALL OUR SOLDIERS.” – LANCE CORPORAL FLACK
From pistols to artillery and helicopter chain guns – as an Armourer, you’ll know all the Army’s weapons inside out. You’ll use your first-class training to repair, maintain and adapt them. That way, every unit will be armed and ready to fight. It’s an important job: there’s no room for mistakes with a gun that fires shells over 30km. You’ll work with specialist tools and gain qualifications, building a great career. One day, you could even run your own Armoury – but there are many other roles you could try. Worldwide travel with good mates makes for an exciting life.
Keeping the Army's weapon systems functional and safe to use
Conduct repairs and routine inspection of all Army Weapon systems from Pistols and Rifles to Artillery Guns
Conduct technical repairs in challenging conditions to support the fighting troops
Continual development of engineering and equipment knowledge of weapon systems
TRAINING FOR THE ROLE
You'll start with your initial military training which will teach you how to be a soldier - this will cover everything from fieldcraft to how to handle a rifle. If you join as a Junior Soldier (under 17 years 5 months), you’ll do a 23-week basic military training course at Harrogate. If you join as a Regular Soldier (over 17 years 1 month), you’ll do the regular 14-week adult basic training.
Then it’s off to the Defence School of Electronic and Mechanical Engineering at MoD Lyneham. Over the next 39 weeks, you learn how to look after and adapt all the Army’s weapon systems. You will also be taught to drive and gain your licences in Car and HGV.
AGE: 16 YEARS 6 MONTHS - 35 YEARS 6 MONTHS
QUALIFICATIONS: GCSE Grade A–C/9-4 in at least English Language, Maths and Science
Mid Thigh Pull 46kg
Medicine Ball Throw 3.1m
2km run 11m 15s (11m 30s for Junior Entry)
More information about the fitness test
QUALIFICATIONS YOU COULD GET AFTER TRAINING
Level 2 Intermediate Apprenticeship in Engineering Maintenance
Level 3 Advanced Apprenticeship in Engineering Maintenance
Level 5 Higher National Diploma in Engineering
Qualifications in Leadership and Management
Car License and opportunity to gain HGV.
Learn about rank progression here.
PAY & BENEFITS
Earn £15,230 during training. When your Initial training is finished, and you join your unit your pay will rise to £18,859.
You’ll get paid a day rate according to your rank, starting from £37.47 in training and rising to £46.42 per day once you’re a Private. This includes being paid for weekly drill nights. Plus, if you complete all of your annual training days, you’re entitled to a tax-free lump sum called a bounty. More about Reserve benefits
FROM THE FIELD
“As an Armourer I am responsible for fixing, repairing and maintaining a huge amount of weapons at my unit. This varies from the SA80 to General Purpose Machine Gun (GPMG). I have gained many qualifications since joining such as NVQs and my driving licences all while being paid. I am also a very keen diver and recently got to go to Egypt on my diving instructor course. This is a course that gives me access to a huge spectrum of jobs around the world if I leave the forces. I only paid a contribution of £80 for the whole thing. I have seen active service in Afghanistan and travelled all over the world.”