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RA Officer Familiarisation Visits are run at the Regimental Headquarters, Larkhill. Courses are open to anyone interested in a career as Gunner and specifically in finding out more about the RA. During the course you can see for yourself, without obligation, what a career as a 'Gunner' Officer has to offer. It could change your life.

Gunner Officer 'loaded with opportunity'

To join as an Officer please use this link http://apply.army.mod.uk/user/login Contact us using the information below for any further guidance.

Telephone: 01980 845843

Email: RARHQ-Manning-Officer-SO3@mod.uk

Officer Manning
Artillery Barracks
Wiltshire, SP4 8QT

Courses and Visits run by Royal Artillery

3-Day RA Officer Familiarisation Visit

26-28 Jan 2015
24-26 Feb 2015
09-11 Mar 2015
21-23 Apr 2015
18-20 May 2015
17-19 June 2015
15-17 July 2015
20-22 July 2015

Aimed primarily at under-graduate and graduates who are intending to enter RMAS within the next two years. Candidates should have already passed AOSB Briefing prior to attending. This is your chance to gather the information you need to help make your choice-of-arm decision in term one. Those who intend to enter RMAS as non-graduates are also encouraged to attend.

You can see for yourself, over three days, what life in the 'Gunners' is all about. Accommodated in the Officers' Mess, you will get the chance to meet a variety of newly commissioned officers who will be able to tell you about life at Sandhurst and their own reasons for joining the Royal Artillery. You will be briefed about the Royal Artillery and the role that you, as a junior officer, would take on.

We will take you on to Salisbury Plain and spend a morning live-firing with a light gun battery. This will give you an excellent opportunity to speak to some of our soldiers - the men and women you could end up leading. There are several physical and team-building activities, so make sure you are prepared for a bit of hard work. You will also be interviewed which will give you the chance to ask questions and allow the interviewing officer to discuss the best route forward for you. The course is designed to give you a detailed insight into life as a Royal Artillery Officer and is regarded by all as great fun.


Ex BRIEF ENCOUNTER 14-16 Mar 2014

Exercise BRIEF ENCOUNTER, is a brief and enjoyable introduction to the Royal Regiment and what it has to offer as a career. The cadets complete gruelling gun runs and go on a rotation through different Gunner-themed stands, their subject matter varying from observation posts, through the AS90, the assault course The King’s Troop RHA and weapon locating radars to clay pigeon shooting.

The University Officer Training Corps provides a large portion of the Royal Artillery’s current regular and Army Reserve pool of officers, and it is crucial that we, the Gunners, continue to ensure that they are aware of all of the roles and capabilities on offer in the regiment. For this reason Exercise BRIEF ENCOUNTER is run annually by RHQ RA, with considerable support from 14 Regt RA, to give officer cadets a feel for the Royal Artillery in order to try and whet their appetites for life as a Gunner Officer.
The exercise is run over a weekend and as well as comprising the King George VI Cup competition, it also includes a dinner party and an evening of entertainment.



11-12 Feb 2014
10-11 Jun 2014
14-15 Oct 2014

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