The British Army’s long-range reconnaissance experts are looking to boost their ranks with a fresh intake of determined recruits. Personnel serving with 4/73 Special Observation Post Battery, 5th Regiment, Royal Artillery operate unsupported and in small teams deep in the battlespace, where they set up hidden positions to gather information on enemy activities. The next… Read More
What is the Young Officer Course – Common Module?
Aim of the Course To develop the professional knowledge and skills of junior ofﬁcers in order to prepare them technically and professionally for their ﬁrst regimental appointment. Facilitated by IDT(A). Entry Standards Second Lieutenant to Lieutenant (OF-1). IELTS level 5.5. Completed the Regular or Reserve Commissioning course at the Royal Military Academy Sandhurst or an… Read More
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… Read More
What is the Battery Commander (BC) Common Module?
Aim of the Course The aim of this course is to develop the knowledge and skills of selected Royal Artillery Ofﬁcers to carry out duties of a Battery Commander. Facilitated by IDT(A). Entry Standards Captain (OF-2) to Major (OF-3). IELTS Level 5.5. Duration Two (2) week course conducted annually in June. Location Royal School of… Read More
What is the Gunnery Career Course (ISTAR GBAD)?
Aim of the Course To develop the professional knowledge and skills of selected warrant officers (WOs) and senior non-commissioned officers (SNCOs) in order to prepare them for increased technical and training responsibility at regimental duty and gunnery staff. Facilitated by IDT(A). Entry Standards Sergeant to Warrant Ofﬁcer who have completed at least 12 years in… Read More
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
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
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