What is the Royal Artillery Staff Officer’s Course?

Aim of the Course

To train Offensive Support and ISTAR staff (Officers and Warrant Officers) who operate at formation level to understand and plan the Integration and use of ISTAR and fires (including Air Defence).

Facilitated by IDT(A).

You can find out about Staff Officers here.

Entry Standards

  • Warrant Officer (OR-8/9) to Captain (OF-2) equivalent ISTAR and Fires/ AD Officers currently serving in or preparing to serve in deployed divisional and brigade HQs.
  • IELTS Level 5.5.


Five (5) days, with three (3) courses per year.


Royal School of Artillery Larkhill.

Outline of Course

  • Setting the Context, Find/Protect, and Introduction to Targeting.
    • Provides students with the appropriate context in which a near peer adversary operates and the correct means to counter this threat followed by an introduction to full spectrum targeting methodology.
  • Dynamic Targeting and Combat Engagement.
    • Delves deeper into targeting methodology and practical exercise leading to the creation of products to include the high payoff target list, high value target list, effects guidance matrix, decision support overlays and intelligence collection plan supported by SMEs from the field.
  • Brigade/Division level Staff Work.
    • Scenario based training driving students to develop operational staff work to include:
      • OpOrder main body input;
      • Specific annexes (ISTAR, Fires, AD); and
      • Battlespace Management graphics.
  • Operational Updates.
    • Continuation of lessons learnt from current leaders within the field force focussing on operational issues and procedural best practices. Designed to prevent a lack of coordination between entities (ISTAR, Fires, and Battlespace Managers) and enhance execution through a common language culminating in a wargaming exercise following fires Annex and OSW review.
  • Execution and Capstone Exercise.
    • Implementation of students’ OSW, orders production, logic, and war fighting considerations validating/identifying gaps in their plan of execution.

Qualifications Gained



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