Train to be an Authorised Firearms Officer

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If you haven’t done so already, please take a tour of all the information throughout the website, where you’ll hear from our people on life in the MDP, be guided through the application and training processes, and learn about who we are, what we do, and where an MDP career could take you.

Interested in applying?

We have projected vacancies for New Recruits at AWE Aldermaston and Burghfield near Reading and Porton Down in Wiltshire.  Read on to find out about our pre-application workshops and what you need to do to apply.

How to apply

Pre-application workshop

All candidates wishing to apply to join MDP as a new recruit, must attend a pre-application workshop before proceeding to the application stage.

During the workshop you will receive detailed information about the application stages, and the entry requirements for the roles advertised. There will also be time for you to ask questions.

The workshops will take place on 4, 5, 6 and 8 June, via Microsoft Teams, and last approximately two hours. There is a limit of 950 spaces so allocation will be on a first come first served basis.

To register to attend a workshop you must complete this form by 23:45 on Sunday 2nd June 2024

When completing the form, please ensure to record your details accurately and indicate which workshop you wish to attend.


Following attendance at a pre-application workshop, you’ll receive a pre-sift form to complete and return within 48 hours, upon which you will be asked to confirm your eligibility.

If you meet our eligibility requirements, we will then send you an application form to complete.

To note: 

Posts at the Atomic Weapons Establishment sites, at Aldermaston and Burghfield, will require successful completion of the Developed Vetting (DV) clearance process.

We value difference in our force with a difference

We know that creating a diverse workforce, representative of the communities that we serve, is essential. People join us from all walks of life and backgrounds, and we are committed to creating an inclusive working environment and culture, where everyone can bring their whole selves to work, and individuality is truly appreciated.

Staff networks play an important part in supporting an inclusive culture in the MDP. These include our Gender, REACH (Race, Ethnicity and Cultural Heritage), LGBT+ and Disability and Wellbeing networks, alongside our Mental Health First Aiders and Wellbeing sessions.

Advice and support are available throughout the recruitment process for those underrepresented in our organisation.

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Read more on our commitment to Diversity and Inclusion

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