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Honourable Artillery Company

The HAC has a demanding and vital role in the British Army. Its soldiers are trained as surveillance and target acquisition specialists with skills in covert intelligence gathering, communications and logistics.

The Honourable Artillery Company (HAC)

The Honourable Artillery Company (HAC)

The Reserve Forces only dedicated Intelligence, Surveillance, Target Acquisition and Reconnaissance (ISTAR) Regiment. This cutting edge role sees the soldiers and officers of the HAC challenged both physically and mentally in order to seek, to find and to strike the enemy in whatever form he may take. The light and base ISTAR roles see the regiment deploying, complex and sensitive surveillance equipment enabling a 24/7 watching brief to be maintained prior to cueing strike assets.

Some tasks still require tough, determined and physically robust soldiers. As a surveillance and Target Acquisition (STA) patrol soldier you will be expected to pass a physically demanding course in order to prepare you for working as part of a small, self-sustaining team, patrolling outside the wire for long periods of time in order to find, fix and on occasion strike the enemy where he least expects it.

Whichever career you choose either as a technical surveillance operator or as patrol soldier you will need to be intelligent, determined and robust. If you meet this challenge the rewards are great.


Join Us

A career as a Reservist in the HAC is challenging and rewarding. You can expect to be pushed out of your mental and physical comfort zone on a regular basis. If you are committed, thrive on variety and want to be the best at what you do, we can find an interesting and stimulating role for you. You will have the opportunity to develop personally and professionally through unique experiences alongside other high-calibre people.

Want to find out more? We run recruiting presentations on the 1st and 3rd Tuesday of every month from 6.30-9pm. It’s the perfect way to find out more about the HAC, life in the Regiment and the roles on offer. There’s no need to book and drinks are provided.

Call the recruiting team on 020 7448 0703

or email hac-recruiting-mailbox@mod.uk to find out more.

Nearest tube: Moorgate or Old Street.

HAC Location

HAC Location

HAC Location

Honourable Artillery Company, Finsbury Barracks, City Road, LONDON, EC1Y 2BQ

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The HAC exists to support the Regular Army on operations. The Reserves have played a critical role in delivering international security through operations in the Middle East and elsewhere. With ongoing changes to the way the Regular Army is structured, this role will only get bigger. We work closely with 5th Regiment Royal Artillery and many other Army units.




As the oldest regiment in the British Army and its home and roots in the City of London, the HAC maintains 476 years of heritage and tradition.

The regiment provides ceremonial gun salutes at the Tower of London, Guards of Honour at Guildhall for State occasions and takes part in the annual Lord Mayor’s Show.

Ceremonial duties provide an opportunity to play their part in the on-going history of the City of London.


Already have Military Experience?

Been a Cadet, trained at an Officer Training Corp, experience as a Reservist, or served in the Regular Army, we have a role for you.

If you are looking to continue your military involvement, or are looking for a new challenge, talk to us about the opportunities available. Still serving? Including as an Officer Cadet, the transfer process is normally very straightforward and you can begin training with us right away.


Meet the Team

The Regimental Recruitment Officer is Captain Tim Bradshaw; a patrol soldier who has been on a number of operational tours including 2 tours of Afghanistan.

Every 1st and 3rd Tuesday in the month you are invited to the HAC to meet the team. You will be given a presentation, and an opportunity to ask any questions.

If you have any queries about joining the regiment telephone the HAC’s Recruiting Office on 020 7448 0703.


Regimental Life

We maintain a train hard, fight hard, play hard ethos.  We regularly take part in adventurous training expeditions from sky diving to off-piste skiing and mountaineering. The regiment competes at Army level alongside its regular counter parts in a number of challenging sports.

The HAC also hosts a significant number of social events throughout the year; these include the infamous Summer and Winter balls.

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