What is the Full Spectrum Targeting Course?

Aim of the Course

To enable students to understand the concept of integrating lethal and non-lethal targeting activities with information activities and with Outreach/Capacity Building activities and capabilities.

Facilitated by IDT(A).

Entry Standards

  • Sergeant (OR-4) to Lieutenant Colonel (OF-4).
  • IELTS Level 5.5.
  • Some previous targeting experience.
  • SC security clearance.


  • Four (4) weeks for UK and FVEY students only.
  • All other nations will join at week 2 of the course as they are unable to complete week 1.
    • Week 1 being Collateral Damage Estimation (CDE).
  • Three (3) courses per year.


Royal School of Artillery Larkhill.

Outline of Course

The Royal Artillery delivers the Full Spectrum Targeting Course to members of the RA and the rest of the Field Army.

The aim of the course is to deliver an understanding whereby the student is able to comprehend the complexities of the full spectrum surrounding targeting.

  • The student will look at how information operations plays a key part in the non-lethal approach to targeting, the use of gaining information through multi source networks, such as newspapers, magazines, television, radio, and most importantly social media, Facebook, Twitter, Instagram are but some of the most readily available sites exploiting information every second globally.
  • Collateral damage; explaining how the use of UK Methodology can negate damage to buildings or even injuries or death to innocent civilians when carrying out military tasks.
  • Understanding of humanitarian law and the Law of Armed conflict, and knowing what we as service personnel can do and what we cannot do in order to keep us on the right side of the law, and to keep us popular within the press and not allowing countries/media to exploit any potential wrong doing.
    • Understanding of operational staff work and dissecting the essential parts to help you in the targeting role, and to help and advise your staff within the headquarters.
    • Symbology associated with friendly and the adversary forces, this enables the individual to pictorially and doctrinally show on mapping and in staff work, the force laydown.
  • Munitions briefs as to showing the student practically, different types of warheads and effects associated with different weapon systems currently in use by the world armies.

Qualifications Gained



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