About the Job

Join an experienced and tight-knit combat team as an Artillery Operator. It’s a highly involved combat and security role that will require you to have agility, precision and to be fast on your feet.

When you take on the role as an Artillery Operator, you’ll set up, reload, aim and fire heavyweight artillery weaponry in tough and challenging environments. Utilising digital firing data, you'll learn to operate 155-millimetre artillery to engage targets up to 40 kilometres away.

Your role is key to helping your team provide vital artillery support and succeed in combat operations. Together you’ll deliver a variety of ammunition types including high air and ground burst explosives, illumination, smoke and precision-guided munitions.

Your training will thoroughly prepare you in all aspects of your role and transform you into a highly capable Artillery Operator, no experience required. You’ll learn to:

  • Fire 155-millimetre weapons
  • Prepare artillery for deployment
  • Prepare and store ammunition
  • Set up, load, lay and fire artillery
  • Safely handle explosives
  • Interpret digital data to engage targets
  • Assist in artillery servicing and maintenance
  • Drive, service and maintain cross-country vehicles
  • Participate in infantry roles as required
  • Conduct general soldiering duties such as manning defensive positions, patrolling, traffic control, camouflaging vehicles and field equipment and navigation

Plus, throughout your career you’ll continue to develop your teamwork, leadership and communication skills through ongoing training.

This is a job that will require you to respond quickly to demanding situations. Being adaptable and disciplined, as well as a team player are all highly valued traits. If you’re up for the challenge, hit apply now.

In-Service Information

This role is known as Artillery Gunner within the Army.

Employment Category Number (ECN): 162

Employment Category: Combat

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Key Information

Preparing for Your Recruitment Process

This document provides information that will assist applicants for roles in the Navy, Army and Air Force, including details about the recruitment process, how to prepare yourself for assessment, and what to expect if you are successful in joining the Australian Defence Force.


Salary & Allowances

In the Army you'll get paid a good salary from day one regardless of your age, experience or qualifications; and your pay increases as you progress through training.

In addition to your salary you'll receive a variety of allowances, extra pay for relevant qualifications – plus 16.4% superannuation, a far higher rate than you're likely to find in the civilian world.

For more details download our Salary Scales.


Upon completion of training, an Artillery Operator will be employed in Field and Medium Regiments and Batteries throughout Australia with major units located in Sydney, Brisbane, Townsville and Darwin.



Applicants must be at least 17 years of age and able to complete the Initial Minimum Period of Service before reaching Compulsory Retirement Age (60).

Applicants will not be allowed to enter the ADF until they achieve a minimum of 17 years of age, however they may be able to initiate the application process from 16 years and six months of age.

Education & Experience

Completion of Australian Year 10 education (or equivalent) with passes in English and Mathematics.

Medical & Fitness

To be enlisted or appointed, you must be medically and physically fit for entry to your chosen occupation. This is partially assessed from the completion of an extensive questionnaire covering your medical history, followed by a physical examination.

You will also be required to successfully pass a physical fitness test before appointment.

For further details on medical and physical fitness standards refer to Physical Fitness Standards for Entry into the ADF and Medical Process for Entry into the ADF.

Period of Service

Females will be enlisted for an Initial Minimum Period of Service (IMPS) of two years and males for a period of four years. Subsequent periods of service may be offered subject to the requirements of the ADF and your suitability for further service. You may request discharge at any time provided you do not have an outstanding IMPS obligation.

Your Careers Coach can advise on how IMPS will relate to your chosen occupation.


Online Aptitude Testing (OAT) is completed as part of the application process to join the Australian Defence Force (ADF). Some jobs may also require you to complete additional testing at a later date.

OAT is used by Defence to establish suitability for ADF entry, and then identify jobs that best match your abilities.

Further information about OAT can be found in the Guide to Online Aptitude Testing for the ADF.

To get a feel for the types of questions that are used in an Online Aptitude Test and how they will look on your screen some examples can be found in the Online Aptitude Testing Example Questions.


To serve in the ADF you must be an Australian Citizen.

If you are a permanent resident of Australia, the ADF may consider a temporary deferral of the citizenship requirement if the position for which you are applying cannot be filled by an applicant who meets all the citizenship requirements, and then only in exceptional circumstances. You will be required to obtain Australian Citizenship as early as possible following enlistment or appointment.

Find out more in our Citizenship page or ask your local Defence Force Recruiting Centre.

Security Requirements

The Department of Defence requires ADF employees to have security clearances appropriate to their employment.

A process of background checks, collection of relevant information and, as required, interviews, enables the Australian Government Security Vetting Agency to make an informed assessment of an applicant's suitability for a security clearance.

The minimum security clearance level required is Negative Vetting Level 1, and current policy requires applicants to have a checkable background for the previous 10 years. Required information includes:

  • Residence
  • Employment
  • Education
  • Credit

Australian Citizenship is a requirement for a security clearance and a clearance will only be granted to a non-citizen in exceptional circumstances.

NOTE: The security clearance is critical to an applicants successful progression through the Army training system. If an applicant is unable to obtain the required security clearance in time, they will not be allowed to continue their training and may need to be re-allocated to another employment category. As such, it is strongly recommended that all applicants obtain the required documentation as soon as possible to provide the best opportunity to be employed in their preferred employment category.


Military Training

All General Entry recruits into the Australian Regular Army are required to complete the Recruit Course.

Total Duration: 80 days.

Location: Kapooka, Wagga Wagga, NSW.

Recruit training is the same for male and female entrants. During the 80 day Army Recruit Course you will be required to take part in physical training, weapon handling and shooting, first aid, drill and field craft. The training is deliberately challenging and has been designed to prepare you to be a soldier in today's Army. Recruits gain a sense of achievement, purpose and confidence during basic training, and on completion of the course feel justifiably proud of what they have achieved.

Further information is also available at the Army Recruit Training Centre website.

During Military (Initial Recruit) Training and (Initial) Employment Training, members may be required to pay a contribution towards meals, accommodation and utilities.

Employment Training

Basic Combat Communications Course

Location: School of Artillery, Puckapunyal.

Duration: 6 days, not including weekends.

RAA Common Induction Training

Location: School of Artillery, Puckapunyal.

Duration: 12 days, not including weekends.

Gun Number course

Location: School of Artillery, Puckapunyal.

Duration: 28 days, not including weekends

On completion of your employment training you will be posted to a Field or Medium Regiment where you will undergo a minimum of 12 months on the job experience.

Note: Course duration may vary depending on public holidays and other Army requirements.