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The RA's Training Support Regiment

Soldiers undertake military skills and personal development, where activities have included ‘weapons week’, community engagement projects and visits to Army and Gunner museums in London.
Soldiers also undergo a challenging and rewarding physical training programme.

14 Regiment RA Training

A Centre of Excellence

Soldiers at the regiment are all encouraged to conduct personal development activity. Whilst here they can work on accreditation which is simply mapped across to civilian qualifications. We are excellently supported by the Royal Artillery Centre for Personal Development (RACPD) and the chain of command make considerable efforts to ensure that individuals are afforded the time to complete these course.


In October 2014 24 (Irish) Battery were awarded an Ofsted ‘Outstanding’ grade. The inspecting team look in 3 areas; outcomes for recruits and trainees, quality of welfare and duty of care and the effectiveness of leadership and management. These 3 areas then lead to the ‘Overall Effectiveness’ grade. 24 (Irish) Battery were the first unit across Defence in 75 inspections, over 7 years who have achieved ‘Outstanding across all 3 sub-areas and overall.  The battery continue to drive improvements to ensure that the soldiers not only leave qualified to be ‘immediately employable’ but are also developed professionally, personally and physically whilst in training.

14 Regiment RA Structure


The regiment consists of 3 batteries with separate training roles:

  • 1st Battery RA "The Blazers" (Training Support)
  • 24 (Irish) Battery RA (Phase 2 training for soldiers)
  • 34 (Seringapatam) Battery RA (Training Support)

14 Regiment RA Batteries

34 (Seringapatam) Battery RA

The firing battery of 14 Regiment, supporting courses run by the Royal School of Artillery as well as training conducted by the wider Army.

The battery supports the Phase 3 training enabling RSA courses such as Young Officers’ (YOs), Gunnery Careers Course (GCC), Artillery Command Systems (ACS) and Strike and Targeting. High profile visits are commonplace and support to recruiting and civil engagement regularly feature within the programme of this busy battery.



1st Battery RA "The Blazers"

The most diverse sub-unit in the Gunners. There are three sections, weapons troop, precision fires, air defence and ground based ISTAR. These sections hold a significant amount of equipment more than a sub-unit would normally hold. 

The role of 1st Battery RA is to provide support to training delivered by the Royal School of Artillery. The batteries manpower is drawn from across the breadth of the Royal Artillery and soldiers normally serve a two-year assignment.

the blazers

24 (Irish) Battery RA

Phase 2 training establishment for the Royal Regiment of Artillery, graded as Ofsted ‘Outstanding’ in our last inspection,. The battery supply the Field Army with professionally trained individuals who are immediately employable.

The soldiers all leave Larkhill with driving qualifications, communications / signals qualifications, basic close combat skills and functional skills qualifications.



14 Regiment RA Welfare

14 Regiment Welfare

The 14 Regiment Welfare Team is led by the Unit Welfare Officer, Mr Alan Nelson, and his assistants WO2 Lambert and SSgt Whitworth. Mrs Sharon Dix is the Welfare Clerk. The team is the main point of contact for soldiers with welfare issues. They are based in the Community Centre, Wilson Road, Larkhill, SP4 8NH and can be contacted as follows:

Telephone: 01980 845325
Fax: 01980 845830
E-mail: ArtyCen-14RA-Welfare-Mailbox@mod.uk

14 Regiment RA Sport

14 Regiment RA Sport

Sport is a significant area of focus, we compete in a wide range of sports to a very high standard, in particular rugby, hockey, and football. Soldiers are encouraged to participate and compete in sports at every level. Soldiers participate in inter-regimental competitions through to individuals competing for their country. In 2015 the regiment won the award for ‘Best Major Unit’ for ‘Excellence in Sport’ at the Army Sports Awards.

14 Regt Rugby

14 Regiment RA History

14 Regiment RA History

14 Regiment Royal Artillery was formed in Woolwich in March 1900, with roots traced through the history of 28th Field Brigade, which saw action in virtually every major battle on the Western Front during the four years of World War I, and during World War II as part of the East Africa campaign. Of note, the regiment was heavily involved with its 25 pounder guns in the successful Battle of Keren in Spring 1941.

Renamed '14th Field Regiment Royal Artillery' in 1947, it has also served in India, Hong Kong, Korea, Aden and later in Northern Ireland.  Following disbandment in 1971, 14th Field Regiment Royal Artillery was reformed at Larkhill in December 1984 as the Training Support Regiment for the Royal School of Artillery. Initially it was composed of 1st Battery RA "The Blazers", 132 (The Bengal Rocket Troop) Battery and 176 (Abu Klea) Battery.

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