RAF Regiment Gunner - Level 2 Apprenticeship

Royal Air Force
Closing date
12 Aug 2023

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Do you want to work on the front line defending the Royal Air Force around the world? Does the idea of training and operating as a Force Protection Specialist excite you? Then you could be a Regiment Gunner in the Royal Air Force; expert in ground combat tactics, weapons, field craft and force protection.

As a Royal Air Force Regiment Gunner, you’ll perform a pivotal role: providing combat support to deployed  air operations anywhere in the world – fighting on the ground to ensure control of the air.

Once fully trained you will join a Royal Air Force Regiment Squadron, where you will train for and deploy on operations. A career in the Regiment is extremely varied, you could be employed as a member of a combat flight or a driver of an armoured vehicle, protecting the Royal Air Force at home or abroad. As the UK’s military experts in specialist Chemical, Biological, Radiological and Nuclear operations, you could be on call to support the Nation’s Emergency Services; or serve on the Queen’s Colour Squadron in a ceremonial role, mounting guard at Buckingham Palace or attending Military Tattoos around the world.

Not only this, but with the skills you acquire, there’s opportunity to specialise and progress your career further. You could be employed as a Forward Air Controller providing close air support to troops on the ground, train other Royal Air Force personnel in military defence and survival skills to allow them to operate in the field, qualify to become a paratrooper, a heavy weapons expert, or a sniper. Does this sound exciting to you? Then a Royal Air Force Regiment Gunner career is the job for you!

Earn while you learn, as you will gain a Level 2 Diploma in HM Forces Intermediate Apprenticeship.

Find out more and apply for an apprenticeship as an RAF Regiment Gunner today.

-Be aged 16 - 47 (Must attest before 48th birthday) Applications can be submitted from age 15yrs and 9 months.
-UK or Republic of Ireland citizen, dual UK nationality or Commonwealth citizen with 5yrs UK residency
-No formal qualifications required
-Health requirements: BMI and Eye sight checks
-Fitness requirements: 2km run, press-up and sit-ups, swim test, med ball throw and deadlift test.
-Commit minimum 3 years post Phase Two Training

First 6 months = £16,840+ + Benefits
After 6 months = £21420+ + Benefits

For more information about the role and details of our application process, visit the RAF Recruitment website. To be directed straight to our site Click 'Apply'.



For more than 100 years the Royal Air Force (RAF) has defended the skies of the UK and protected its interests around the world.  The RAF currently works with its allies and international partners to provide assistance at home and globally.

Working in the RAF means that you will play an important part in responding to threats, preventing conflict, delivering aid and work in partnerships with other military services, government or civilian authorities.


With the RAF you will get much more than just a job – you’ll have opportunities that no other employer can hope to match with extraordinary on the job training. From worldwide travels to lifelong friendships, life in the RAF is a unique experience. In addition to your pay, the RAF provides subsidised accommodation, food and sport, as well as free health and dental care.

The opportunities don’t end there. You can choose to play sport at multiple levels from representing the force on an international stage to playing casually on base with your friends. If adventure is more your thing the RAF has plenty to offer whether it be Adventure training on the weekends to travelling to areas of the world you never thought you’d see. Or, perhaps you’d rather spend your spare time visiting friends and family. You will have plenty of opportunities to do all this and more with a role in the RAF.

Our differences make us stronger. That’s why the RAF is leading in diversity and one of the most inclusive forces in the world. The RAF recognizes the value of a person’s ability no matter their ethnicity, religious beliefs, gender identity or sexual orientation. Inclusion is about valuing and harnessing people’s unique backgrounds, talents and perspectives.

We believe that keeping the skies safe and safeguarding our nation’s security can only be achieved with a diverse force. Our strength comes from our differences.


The RAF is no ordinary employer, with us you will get a huge range of benefits:

  • Automatic non-contributory pension scheme.
  • Yearly incremental pay increases.
  • Full on the job training.
  • Free gym membership.
  • Accommodation provided with heavily subsidised fees for single members and families.
  • Potential options for flexible working around childcare (job role dependent).
  • Opportunity to gain a range of driving licences.
  • Wide range of subsidised qualifications and education available.
  • Minimum 38 days paid holiday per year.
  • Opportunity to take part in adventurous training and sporting activities during work time, subsidised travel, entry fees and equipment costs.
  • Sponsorship for talented personnel to compete at the highest-level sport.
  • Subsidised meals with on-base catering.
  • Free private healthcare and dental care.
  • Member of Defence Discount Service.
  • Railcard for £21 a year.
  • Competitive Maternity and Paternity leave.
  • Job Security: During COVID19 Pandemic we have continued to pay full salaries and have not needed to furlough any of our employees
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