What is the Battery Commander (BC) Common Module?

Aim of the Course

The aim of this course is to develop the knowledge and skills of selected Royal Artillery Officers to carry out duties of a Battery Commander.

Facilitated by IDT(A).

Entry Standards

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


Two (2) week course conducted annually in June.


Royal School of Artillery Larkhill.

Outline of Course

  • Supervise and understand battery capabilities:
    • Understand and brief the capability of Battery equipment to include GBAD, ISTAR, Joint Fires integrated into Combined Army Manoeuvre and the requisite support packages required to sustain systems.
  • Maintain unit readiness:
    • Primarily focuses on maintaining readiness of both the equipment and personnel assigned to the Battery over time.
  • Maintain good order and discipline within the unit:
    • Review and update on legal matters to ensure good, fair, and timely disciplinary proceedings as they arise.
    • Reduce the need to “re-address” legal matters and ensure compliance.
  • Provide realistic view of Battery:
    • Address common pitfalls new commander’s may or may not face during the days following assumption of command.
    • Identifies ways and means to assess personnel, systems, and performance more effectively upon assumption of command.
  • Training the Battery:
    • The delivery and evaluation of realistic training is conducted in accordance with the Defence Systems Approach to Training (DSAT).

Students then attend the Special-to-discipline course either CS or GBAD or ISTAR.

Qualifications Gained



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