What is the Instructor Gunnery ISTAR/GBAD?

Aim of the Course

The premier officer course within the Royal Artillery delivers in-depth technical and tactical employment training in order to qualify selected officers as Instructors in Gunnery.

Experienced officers (Captains and above) who possess the necessary experience and technical acumen are selected and developed over an 11 month period into subject matter experts who fill demanding instructional, acquisition and command appointments.

  • ISTAR: Intelligence Surveillance Target Acquisition and Reconnaissance.
  • GBAD: Ground-Based Air Defence.

Facilitated by IDT(A).

Entry Standards

  • Captain (OF-2) to Major (OF-3).
  • IELTS Level 5.5.


Eleven (11) months, with one (1) course per year.


Royal School of Artillery Larkhill.

Outline of Course

The course focuses on 3 main functional areas; the ‘Sensors’, the ‘Shooters’ and the ‘Deciders’.

Within these areas, students explore in service capability, studying doctrine and tactics, specific platform technology, the Army’s training system and most importantly how to integrate capability into the Artillery system as well as the Joint or Combined environments.

This is underpinned by an in depth study of science technology enabling students to develop a thorough understanding of in service and future capabilities.

In addition students study acquisition completing the APMP project management qualification and instructor skills are developed through a Level 5 qualification in Education and Training. Student IGs become the experts in all aspects of exercise and range safety allowing them to create and manage artillery ranges in accordance with current safety regulations.


  • Baseline module.
  • Doctrine and Tactics (including planning, Battlegroup to Brigade).
  • Level 5 Teaching and Learning.
  • Science & Technology (aimed at, & taught to AS level).
  • Training Systems.
  • GBAD and ISTAR Platform Training.
  • Joint Battlespace Management Course.
  • GBAD Warfare Officers course.
  • ISTAR Ops Officers course.
  • European exercises.

Qualifications Gained

Instructor in Gunnery (IG) qualification denoting membership of the Gunnery Staff.


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