Gunner - STA Patrols Special Observer

Royal Artillery

This is available as a full time Army role.
This is available as a part time Army role.

IN COMBAT, BE THE ARMY'S EYES

WORKING COVERTLY, MY JOB IS TO TRACK AND REPORT ENEMY MOVEMENT ACROSS THE BATTLEFIELD.
The more we know about enemy positions the better and, as a Special Observer, you’ll give us a clear picture. You join a six-man team that works ahead of friendly forces – sometimes behind enemy lines. You then report back on what you see. You might also direct fire from artillery, attack helicopters, jets or missiles to destroy enemy targets. We’ll give you first-class training, but you have to be fit, quick-thinking and good in a team. You can add to your skills with qualifications in English, Maths and IT. With travel and Adventurous Training, it’s an amazing experience.

Training For The Role

Step 1
You'll start with your initial military training which will teach you how to be a soldier - this will cover everything from fieldcraft to how to handle a rifle. If you join as a Junior Soldier (under 17 years 5 months), you’ll do a 23-week basic military training course at Harrogate. If you join as a Regular Soldier (over 17 years 1 month), you’ll do the regular 14-week adult basic training. 

 

Step 2
Then it’s off to Larkhill for 15 weeks to become a qualified Gunner. Next is the 13-week Surveillance and Target Acquisition Patrols course. You learn medical, communication and patrol skills and fitness and navigation, and train on live firing ranges. Next, you learn advanced photography and how to call in artillery strikes. SERE (Survive, Evade, Resist and Extract) training teaches you how to survive in the field and avoid capture. Then you’re ready to join a six-man patrol and go on operations anywhere in the world.

Entry Requirements

Age: 16 years - 35 years 6 months
Qualifications:

No formal qualifications needed

Fitness:
  • Mid Thigh Pull 70kg
  • Medicine Ball Throw 3.1m
  • 2km run 10m 45s
More information about the fitness test

Qualifications You Could Get After Training

  • Specialist vehicle licences
  • Literacy and numeracy qualifications
  • Computer Literacy and Information Technology Stage 1 (CLAIT)
  • NVQ in Learning and Development
  • Institute of Leadership and Management (ILM)

Rank Progression

Learn about rank progression here.

Pay and Benefits

From the Field

“I was inspired to become a Special Observer by the challenging and varied role. Since completing the STA Patrol Course I’ve been on exercise all over the world including Canada, Kenya and Jordan. I have deployed to Afghanistan twice as part of the Brigade Reconnaissance Force. My team was responsible for managing artillery, aircraft and surveillance assets in challenging conditions. ”

HOW TO APPLY

Once your online application has been approved, you'll meet with a local recruiter. This is your chance to tell us about the role that you're interested in. When you go to the Assessment Centre,you'll take tests - the results will show whether you'd be suitable for this role, or should consider a different role.

Training For The Role

Step 1
Basic training takes place over a series of weekends or on residential camps. You learn vital soldiering skills, like how to survive outdoors and fire weapons.

Step 2
After training you can volunteer for the Surveillance and Target Acquisition Patrols Course, joining up with Regular soldiers for training and test exercises. You learn medical, communication and patrol skills and fitness and navigation, and train on live firing ranges. Next you learn advanced photography and how to call in artillery strikes. SERE (Survive, Evade, Resist and Extract) training teaches you how to survive in the field and avoid capture. Then you’re ready to join a six-man patrol and deploy on operations anywhere in the world.

Entry Requirements

Age: 17 years 9 months - 49 years 6 months
Fitness:
  • Mid Thigh Pull 70kg
  • Medicine Ball Throw 3.1m
  • 2km run 10m 45s
More information about the fitness test
Qualifications: No formal qualifications needed

Qualifications You Could Get After Training

  • Specialist vehicle licences
  • NVQ in Learning and Development
  • Computer Literacy and IT Stage 1 (CLAIT)
  • Literacy and numeracy qualifications
  • Institute of Leadership and Management (ILM)
  • Pay and Benefits

    You'll get paid a day rate according to your rank, starting from £39.34 in training and rising to £50.21 per day once you're a Private. This includes being paid for weekly drill nights. Plus, if you complete all of your annual training days, you're entitled to a tax-free lump sum called a bounty.

    More about Reserve benefits

    From the Field

    “I was inspired to become a Special Observer by the challenging and varied role. Since completing the STA Patrol Course I’ve been on exercise all over the world including Canada, Kenya and Jordan. I have deployed to Afghanistan twice as part of the Brigade Reconnaissance Force. My team was responsible for managing artillery, aircraft and surveillance assets in challenging conditions. ”

    HOW TO APPLY

    Once your online application has been approved, you'll meet with a local recruiter. This is your chance to tell us about the role that you're interested in. When you go to the Assessment Centre,you'll take tests - the results will show whether you'd be suitable for this role, or should consider a different role.

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