Patrols Special Observer

Royal Artillery

At a glance

  • Soldier
  • combat

You’ll go ahead of frontline forces and scope out the enemy. Off duty, you’ll get to try Adventurous Training and sports, and gain qualifications too.

  • £16,844The minimum amount you’ll earn during training
  • £21,425Your pay after completing basic trade training
  • AgeFrom to
  • Qualifications
Artillery Observers

The more we know about enemy positions the better and as a Special Observer you’ll give us a clearest picture. You join a team of six 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 a team player. You can add to your skills with qualifications in English, Maths and IT. With travel and Adventurous Training, it’s an amazing experience.

The Royal Artillery is the heart of the action - everywhere across the battlefield - providing the British Army with its eyes, ears and firepower. Using high-tech surveillance devices and uncrewed aircraft, the Royal Artillery finds the enemy. We then monitor them before striking decisively. We do this by co-ordinated use of our guns, rockets and missiles, the Army’s attack helicopters and other weapons, including fast jets and even the guns of Royal Navy ships.

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Key Responsibilities

  • Get behind enemy lines

  • Find enemy threats

  • Call in fire on targets

  • Work covertly

  • Enjoy a varied job role

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Regular (full time)

Entry requirements

  • Qualifications:

  • Basic physical fitness assessment:

    • Mid Thigh Pull 50kg

    • Medicine Ball Throw 2.7m

    • MSFT (beep test) level 6.6

    Army Reserve standards

    • Mid Thigh Pull: 50kg

    • Medicine Ball Throw: 2m 70cm

    • MSFT (beep test): Level 5 shuttle 8

    More information about the fitness test

Training for the role

Qualifications you could get after training

Pay & benefits

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