What is the Light Close Reconnaissance Commanders’ Course?

Aim of the Course

The Light Reconnaissance Commanders’ Course is a seven week course that provides pre-employment training for light reconnaissance platoon and section commanders. The aim is to qualify students to train and command a light reconnaissance section or platoon in all operations of war.

Facilitated by IDT(A).

Entry Standards

  • Corporal (OR-4) to Captain (OF-2).
  • This course is suited to those who are about to take up appointments as the commander of a reconnaissance section or platoon or as a platoon second in command.
  • IELTS level 5.5.
  • Platoon Commanders Battle Course (PCBC), Platoon Sergeants Battle Course (PSBC) or Section Commanders Battle Course (SCBC).
    • JOTAC highly desirable for Officers.
  • Physical fitness.
    • Completion of the relevant Battle Course or several years experience in an Infantry Unit.


Eight (8) weeks for Corporal to Sergeant, with three (3) courses per year.

Ten (10) weeks for Colour Sergeant to Captain, with three (3) courses per year.


Armour Centre Warminster.

Outline of Course

Instruction focuses on subject matter lectures mixed with arduous practical assessment. Navigation, infantry battle skills and communication are major elements of the training throughout both practical exercises and theoretical lectures.
The following subjects are covered:

  • Instruction in dismounted patrol techniques.
  • Battle Procedure.
  • Communications.
  • Operations.
  • Obstacles.
  • Indirect Fire Control.
  • Recognition.
  • Navigation.
  • Surveillance Techniques.
  • Surveillance Devices.
  • Air Photographic Interpretation.
  • Counter-surveillance Techniques.

This is a very practical course with 43 days out of 54 spent in the field.

The mechanised version of this course is the Armoured Close Recce Course.

Qualifications Gained

LCR Section Commander and LCR Platoon Commander/2IC.


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