What is the Young Officer (MLRS) Course?

Aim of the Course

This course is aimed at Young Officers on initial special-to-discipline training for employment as a Troop Commander within a Multi Launch Rocket System (MLRS) Battery. Upon successful completion of the course, qualified students will be able to act as a MLRS Command Post Officer (CPO) and Reconnaissance Officer.

Facilitated by IDT(A).

Entry Standards

  • Second Lieutenant to Lieutenant (OF-1).
  • IELTS Level 5.5.
  • Security cleared in accordance with Defence Manual of Security Volume 01 (JSP 440) and that certificates are sent to SO2(Sy) at the RSA.


Five (5) weeks, with two (2) courses per year.


Royal School of Artillery Larkhill.

Outline of Course

The instruction on the five week MLRS CPO course is delivered by a mixture of classroom based training and a number of days deployed in the field. The course takes advantage of different technologies such as online training through the Defence Learning Environment and classroom based simulation which also includes three MLRS cab simulators to enhance the students learning experience. Training objectives cover five main areas:

  • Deployment.
    • Command a MLRS Troop in support of conventional war fighting and counter insurgency operations.
    • This includes understanding the threat, counter surveillance, tactical movement, orders process, standard deployments in the field and nonstandard deployments such as urban, artillery raids and firing off the line of march.
  • Fire Mission Procedures.
    • Carryout the duties of a CPO during simulated Guided MLRS-Unitary (GMLRS-U) and AT2 SCATMIN (Anti-Tank Scatterable Mine) fire missions and fire plans.
    • Students will also conduct live firing using the reduced range practice rocket.
  • Servicing and Maintenance.
    • Conduct vehicle and ancillary items management checks in accordance with the Unit Equipment Care Directive.
  • Precision Guided Munitions.
    • Detailed theory lessons on how precision guided munitions work including the inertial navigation system, global positioning system, weapon effect using different fuses and weapon employment against various targets sets.
  • Reconnaissance.
    • Conduct reconnaissance and survey procedures during standard deployments in the field and non-standard deployments such as urban and artillery raids.

Qualifications Gained



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