Royal Artillery

103 Regiment Royal Artillery

The Northwest Gunners

The 'Lancashire Artillery Volunteers' are proud to call the North West our spiritual home. #TEAM103 are a close-knit and thriving Regiment that is equipped with the 105mm light gun to provide agile and rapid artillery offensive support.

We are recruiting now across the North West, in St Helens, Merseyside, Greater Manchester, and Bolton, as well as in the Midlands in Wolverhampton and Nottingham.

If you would like to join the team, click here, or you can email our recruiters for more information.

Our Regiment

Facts & Figures

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ACTIVE FROM:

1967

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Weapon Platform

L118 Light Gun

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SPECIALISM:

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Our Skills

Not just experts in operating the L118 105mm Light Gun, the ‘Northwest Gunners’ offer a wide and diverse range of opportunities to our soldiers including:

  • Gun Operator: Fire a 15kg high explosive shell over 17km.
  • Forward Observer: Control and coordinate artillery, mortar and rocket fire from a concealed observation post.
  • Command Systems: Act as the link between Forward Observers and Gun Operators, managing complex computer systems and ensuring strong digital communications.
  • Logistics: Facilitate the delivery of vital supplies including food, water, and ammunition.
  • Chef: Keep Soldiers happy and ready to fight with freshly cooked food.
  • Medic: Ensure that Soldiers are fit and healthy to operate by providing medical aid when required.
  • Human Resources – Be responsible for ensuring our people are managed, payed and administered correctly.

Find out more about the roles available in #Team103.

Deployments & Exercise

103rd Regiment RA offers the opportunity to deploy to numerous operational and training theatres.

The Northwest Gunners have deployed Operationally to:

  • Iraq
  • Afghanistan
  • Cyprus

Have trained worldwide including:

  • Bulgaria
  • Czech Republic
  • Denmark
  • Estonia
  • Falkland Islands
  • Germany
  • Spain
  • USA

 

Sports

We have many soldiers and officers involved in sports as players or coaches representing their Regiment, the Artillery, and the Army, both individually or within teams.

Members of the Regiment who participate in sport can be paid whilst training or competing.

There is a large range of sports on offer within the Army, varying in level from complete beginner to Olympic.

Our People

2nd Lieutenant Jack Senogles (24, Warrington, International buyer)

Within my first 2 year of joining the Army Reserves I have participated in international military competitions, represented #TEAM103 at sport, worked alongside Regulars and even been skiing! I have enjoyed a busy and varied start to my career as a Troop Commander in 103 Regiment RA. The challenge of working with, and leading, a Troop in a Close Support Gun Regiment is a unique opportunity. It’s a real privilege to lead groups of such enthusiastic, professional and technically-able soldiers.

The Regiment is always willing to support its soldiers and officers in their careers and has even organised for myself and another Young Officer to join Regular Army units on attachment for a year to gain more experience.

Gunner Conor Murray (24, Liverpool, Mechanic)

Over the last 3 years since I joined, I have had the opportunity to work with an amazing group of people. My role is a Level 2 L118 light gun operator and since qualifying I have been on numerous live firing exercises in the UK. I have also completed a saluting gun course from which I was then able to take part in ceremonial firing occasions such as Remembrance Sunday in Liverpool city centre & for the winning boat of the 2018 Clipper Yacht Race.

I have recently completed a Potential Non-Commissioned Officer (PNCO) cadre course which led to me taking on the role of a 2IC. I had to delegate tasks and ensure that both fire teams were operationally effective in the field. Overall since joining #TEAM103 I feel that I have gained a massive amount of experience which has helped me improve both my trade and working as part of a team which has been useful in my civilian life.

Our Locations

Regimental Headquarters (RHQ)

Training times

  • Tuesday
  • 19:30-21:30

RHQ is the beating heart of 103 Regiment. It is here that the Regiment is run, as well as the training direction for all the Batteries is decided and planned.

If you want to come and visit, let one of our recruiting team know using the link below so we know to expect you.

If you want to join RHQ, click here

Email our recruiters

208 (Liverpool) Battery

Training times

  • Tuesday
  • 19:30-21:30

208 (Liverpool) Battery is one of the Subunits of the Regiment and is based in Liverpool. We have a close connection with the city, and frequently have local engagement events. You may have seen us firing the light gun for Remembrance Sunday and over the River Mersey, or other events that we've been involved in.

If you want to come and visit, let one of our recruiting team know using the link below so we know to expect you.

If you want to join 208 Battery, click here.

Email our recruiters

209th (Manchester) Battery

Training times

  • Tuesday
  • 19:30-21:30

209 (Manchester) Battery is located on Belle Vue Street and is the only Reserve Artillery unit in Manchester. We frequently engage with our local area, and we're incredibly proud to have recently been awarded the Freedom of the City of Manchester - The highest honour a city can bestow.

If you want to come and visit, let one of our recruiting team know using the link below so we know to expect you.

If you want to Join 209 Battery, click here.

Email our recruiters

210 (Staffordshire) Battery

Training times

  • Tuesday
  • 19:30-21:30

210 (Staffordshire) Battery is based in Fallings Park, in Wolverhampton. We frequently engage in local community events, such as firing the light gun for Remembrance Sunday and Saragarhi day. We are a close-knit and friendly group, with Soldiers from all different backgrounds and skills. 

If you want to come and visit, let one of our recruiting team know using the link below so we know to expect you.

If you want to join 210 Battery, click here.

Email our recruiters

C (South Nottinghamshire Hussars) Troop, 210 Battery

Training times

  • Wednesday
  • 19:00-21:30

C Troop are part of 210 Battery and are based in Bulwell, Nottingham. 

If you want to come and visit, let one of our recruiting team know using the link below so we know to expect you.

If you want to join C Troop, 210 Battery, click here.

Email our recruiters

216th (Bolton) Battery

Email our recruiters

Training times

  • Tuesday
  • 19:30-21:30

216 (Bolton) Battery are the northernmost sub-unit of 103 Regiment. We offer exciting and diverse training opportunities - recently, we trained with the US Army using our Guns and their Fire Support Teams. We also often engage with our local community. You might have seen us at Remembrance Sunday, where we fire our saluting gun, or at the Bolton Mayor's parade, where we provide an honour guard. 

If you want to come and visit, let one of our recruiting team know using the link below so we know to expect you.

If you want to join 216 Battery, click here.

Mail to: [email protected]

Applying to join 103 Regiment

You will need to be 18 to join 103 Regiment, but you can apply when you are 17 and 9 months old. The maximum age to join is 43 in most cases.

If you want to join, you can apply online and then visit your local unit and have a chat with one of our recruiting team, or you can email The team and they'll help you with your application and get you ready for the Army Assessment Centre.

To start an online application, click here.

To email our recruiters, click here.

  1. Apply online

    Your online application is the start of your journey within #Team103 and the Army Reserve

  2. Meet your local unit

    Now that you've applied, you'll be given a candidate support manager and a login to an online portal where you can track your progress online. The recruiting team will tell you about various roles we offer in the Royal Artillery and help you plan what you need to do to get to the next stage.

    If you don't already know your local unit, you can find it here.

  3. Assessment Centre

    This is your chance to see if the Army is suitable for you, and for us to see if you are suitable to join. The assessment will involve the following:

    • A full medical examination
    • Physical and mental tests
    • Teamworking exercises
    • An interview

     

  4. After Assessment

    Once you have passed the assessment centre, and you've enlisted, you are ready to start your training as a soldier in the British Army. 

    You will have the opportunity to complete your training all in one go, or separated into multiple weekends. You will also be invited to start attending training nights with your unit before you are fully trained.

Our Locations

Recruiting

Interested in joining #team103? Click the link below to find out more about the roles we offer.

Roles in the Royal Artillery

Contact us

Recruitment

If you are ready to take on the challenge of the Army Reserve at any of our locations, contact our recruitment team who will put you in touch with a recruiter from your local unit.

Soldiers and Families

#TEAM103 prides itself on its commitment to its soldiers and their families. We have a team in place to offer support or to signpost you to an organisation that can assist. If you have any issues relating to a welfare matter, please contact the ROSO.

Media Enquiries

If you have any queries in relation to the Regiment within the press, both traditional print media or social media please contact the Press Office.

Band Enquiries

If you have any queries for the Lancashire Artillery Volunteer's Band, whether it be to hire them for an event or something else, please contact our Band.

General Enquiries

If you have any queries in relation to the Regiment, please contact the Regimental Headquarters