What to be a Special Observer?

A Special Observer is a unique and immensely rewarding role. Service is open to all arms and services, both regular and reserve, subject to completion of the Surveillance and Reconnaissance Patrol course. Service as a Special Observer qualifies personnel for additional pay and specialist courses. Personnel serving as a Reservist in the British Army, Royal… Read More

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What is the Master Gunner, St James’s Park

1.0 Introduction “The office of master-gunner was a very ancient one. As soon as there were guns, there was a master-gunner in charge of them, responsible for their upkeep and efficiency, and in command of the gunners who served them.” (Maurice-Jones, 2012, p.138). This article provides an overview of the role of the Master Gunner,… Read More

What is a Master Gunner (UK Version)

PART ONE: BACKGROUND 1.0 Introduction “The office of master-gunner was a very ancient one. As soon as there were guns, there was a master-gunner in charge of them, responsible for their upkeep and efficiency, and in command of the gunners who served them.” (Maurice-Jones, 2012, p.138). This article provides an overview of the role of… Read More

What is the National Reserve Headquarters Royal Artillery (NRHQ RA)?

1.0     Introduction This article provides an overview of the British Army’s National Reserve Headquarters, a unit of the Royal Artillery. 2.0     National Reserve Headquarters Royal Artillery The National Reserve Headquarters Royal Artillery (NRHQ RA) is located in Woolwich. As part of Army 2020, an organisational change programme, the NRHQ RA was renamed from… Read More

What Posts are Available for Royal Artillery Personnel in Canada?

There are a number of posts that can be filled by Royal Artillery (RA) personnel in Canada. However, only one post is a dedicated RA post, filled by a WO1 Master Gunner – who must be a qualified Gunnery Instructor. Posts that can be filled in Army wide competition (i.e. E2 or E1.5) include: Technical… Read More