What is the Troop Leader Formation Reconnaissance Course?

Aim of the Course

To give newly commissioned Armoured Corps Officers basic training in Combat Reconnaissance (Recce) Vehicle Gunnery, Driving and Maintenance, Signals and in commanding a RECCE Troop, including a practical phase.

Facilitated by IDT(A).

Entry Standards

  • Second Lieutenant to Lieutenant.
  • IELTS Level 5.5.
  • The student must hold a FULL or PROVISIONAL tracked Driving Licence.


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


Armour Centre (ARMCEN) Bovington.

Outline of Course

  • Gunnery:
    • Target Engagement.
    • Equipment Maintenance.
    • Safety Procedures.
    • Troop and Crew Control.
  • Driving and Maintenance.
    • Combat Reconnaissance Vehicle details.
    • Servicing.
    • Driving and Commanding by Day and Night.
    • Administrative Responsibilities of a Troop Leader.
  • Signals:
    • Call signs.
    • Reports.
    • Trace and Map Marking.
    • VHF Antennae Sitting.
    • Voice Procedure.
    • Electronic Warfare.
    • Indoor and Outdoor Exercises.
  • Tactics:
    • Analysis of the Threat.
    • Medium Reconnaissance Vehicle Tactics.
    • Vehicle Recognition.
    • Receipt and Issues of Order.
    • Nuclear Biological and Chemical Defence.
    • Introduction to the All Arms Battle Group.
    • Field Training Exercise.

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.


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