What is the Troop Leader Armoured Course?

Aim of the Course

To give newly commissioned Armoured Corps Officers basic training in Main Battle Tank (MBT) gunnery, Driving and Maintenance, Signals and in commanding a Tank Troop, including a practical phase.

Facilitated by IDT(A).

Entry Standards

  • Second Lieutenant to Lieutenant.
  • IELTS Level 5.
  • The student must hold a FULL or PROVISIONAL tracked Driving Licence and a current effective Driving Licence.


25 weeks, with three (3) courses per year.


Armour Centre (ARMCEN) Bovington/Warminster.

Outline of Course

  • Gunnery:
    • Recognise and identify Armoured Fighting Vehicles (AFV) and aircraft using visual and thermal sighting equipment.
    • Engagement procedures.
    • Vehicle servicing.
    • Troop and crew control.
  • Driving and Maintenance:
    • Operate automotive system.
    • Administrative Responsibilities of a Troop Leader.
  • Signals:
    • Voice Procedure.
    • Working a net.
    • Watch-keeping duties.
    • Map marking.
    • Indoor and outdoor Exercises.
  • Tactics:
    • Apply field craft skills.
    • Prepare Armoured Troop for Operations.
    • Maintain combat effectiveness.
    • Identify the threat.
    • Command an Armoured Troop on Operations.

The course should be followed by a period of practical experience with a view to undertaking the more advanced “Instructors” courses in Driving and Maintenance, Signals or Gunnery.

Qualifications Gained

Troop Leader Armour.


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