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 currently have vacancies at the Atomic Weapons Establishment (AWE) sites in Aldermaston and Burghfield, near Reading. Take a look below to find out what you need to do to apply.


Meet us online

Join us to learn about our unique role, what we can offer and what the application process will involve. You can also ask any questions that you may have on training and the application process ahead.

The sessions will take place on 12, 13, and 14 December, on Microsoft Teams. Each session will last approximately two hours and there is a limit of 950 spaces for each session. Allocation will be on a first come first served basis.

To take part in one of these sessions and reserve your place, you must complete this form and register by 23:45 on Sunday 10 December 2023. Please record your details accurately and indicate which of the sessions you wish to attend.

How to apply

Pre-application workshop

Before you can begin our application process you must participate in one of our pre-application workshops, which will take place on 9, 10, 11 and 13 January, on Microsoft Teams . This is a mandatory requirement of our application process for all candidates, and you will not be able to proceed to the next stage if you do not attend a workshop.

Access to our application form will be provided following your attendance at a pre-application workshop, and upon subsequent confirmation of your eligibility. 

During the workshop you will receive detailed information on all application stages, the entry requirements for the roles advertised, and what is required when applying. There will also be time for you to ask questions.

To take part in a pre-application workshop, you must complete this form and register by 23:45 on Sunday 7 January 2023. Please record your details accurately, to ensure that our Microsoft Teams invite reaches you.


Following attendance at a pre-application workshop, you’ll receive a pre-sift form to complete. At this stage you will be asked to confirm your eligibility.

If you meet our entry requirements, you will then be sent an application form.  

To note:

Posts at the Atomic Weapons Establishment sites will require successful completion of the Developed Vetting (DV) clearance process. You must be a sole British National and hold a British Passport to be eligible to apply.

Learn more about our entry requirements and the police and national vetting processes.


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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