Prince Harry and his comrades are always poised to sprint to the attack helicopter and can be given the command to scramble for a mission at any time.
During one interview the young royal was given the call for duty and had to rapidly remove his microphone and dash across the flight line to the waiting helicopter.
Prince Harry's job as a gunner in Apache attack helicopters required him to kill Taliban insurgents.
He said: “Take a life to save a life. That’s what we revolve around, I suppose."
Royal Correspondent Tim Ewart reports on the young royal's role in Afghanistan:
Major Laurence Roche, a spokesman for Task Force Helmand in Afghanistan, has revealed that Harry is heading to Cyprus for his first alcoholic drink in five months:
Prince Harry's squadron commander Major Ali Mack likened his unit to a "family", and said the royal settled in quickly when he arrived in September last year.
"He is, as far as I'm concerned, given no special treatment," the 37-year-old from Glasgow said.
"I treat him very much as I do the rest of my officers within the squadron.
"He responds very well to that and I think he enjoys being part of the squadron fabric."
Maj Mack, the Officer Commanding 662 Sqn, 3 Reg AAC, added: "I think he enjoys the relative anonymity of being in theatre where he is allowed to get on with his daily business relatively unmolested and as a squadron we are very much one big family."
Being "stuck in Bastion" was a common complaint for Prince Harry during his second deployment to Afghanistan.
The 28-year-old royal, who spent 20-weeks flying Apache helicopters in support of troops in Helmand Province, made no secret of his love-hate relationship with the tour.
While he enjoyed flying high over the desert in state-of-the-art fighting aircraft, he was itching to be back on the ground like he was five years ago.
He served just 10 weeks in 2007-08 coordinating air attacks on the Taliban with his regiment - the Household Cavalry - before foreign websites broke a news blackout on his deployment.
"It is a weird reality, being stuck in Bastion," he said.
"For me, I hate it, being stuck here.
"I'd much rather be out with the lads in a PB (patrol base). The last job was, for me personally, better."
Prince Harry's job as an Apache helicopter gunner has required him to kill the enemy.
“Take a life to save a life. That’s what we revolve around, I suppose,” he told reporters.
The Apache’s role is to protect ground troops using rockets, laser-guided missiles, and a 1200-round chain gun.
“If there’s people trying to do bad stuff to our guys,” Harry explained, “then we’ll take them out of the game.”