The Manning, Staffing and use of a Close Support (CS)Arty Fire Planning Cell in my view and many others has always been a bone of contention. I would be interested to hear the views of anybody who has or is a crew member of a Fire Planning Cell on the following issues. 1. Just who is the FPC Commander? Capt, WO2,SSgt, Sgt. (After trawling through the majority of the CS Regts no two appear the same, i.e some have Bdrs some have Sgts and some have SSgts.) 2. Is an FPC Crew properly intergrated and trained during Bty and Regimental Excercises (Most FPC's appear to be used as nothing more than Fwd End Safety during thease types of Exercises.) 3. Has Crewman 2000 helped with the manning and career path within the FPC. (Where does the BC's Ack go at the end of his tenure? does he become the FPC Comd does the FPC Bdr Step up as the FPC Comd on promotion. I am also interested in knowing if CS Regts are able to correctly man their FPC's and how they manage the crews training, given that in reality apart from Tgt levels 1 - 4 the only other courses are the Jnr Tac Tgt Cse and the All Arms Tac Tgt Cse. I would ask and stress for those that are interested in helping me compile this info please be weary of PERSEC and OPSEC, im not after Individuals names and for any Regt CS Units i will ask you to send that to me over DII or TAFMIS so you know said info is going to a secure place. Hopefully this type of info will aid in the formulation of a Doctrine type note. For all the sceptical types out there i have already approached units with this over DII and TAFMIS and on the phones to units but the info is slow in coming hence this call for help on Arrse. Please feel free to pm me with any info no matter how big or small.