I know the title and maybe even this thread itself is leaving this open for some jokes or remarks. Fire away lol... but seriously. I'm aware that all RA trades are legally open to women, but I'm just wondering if there's any unofficial, de facto restrictions on what females can do in the Gunners? The reason I'm asking is because I'm a 20 Yr Old female who is interested in enlisting in the RA 4/73 Battery as a SGO. http://www.army.mod.uk/rolefinder/role/69/special-gunfire-observer/ There's not a lot of information about it on the internet, and I've read a few threads on here about them, the gist I get is that their work is secret and close-to-SF or something and the selection process is ardous and no woman has passed it yet. I've also read that you apparently can't enlist into 4/73 Bty and you have to be serving already and get selected to do the Patrols Course, can someone with knowledge clarify? In any case, the other job I'm particularly interested in is Artillery Observer. I think I read about a female FOO once, so it would be safe to presume there's at least a small number of female Arty Observers, despite it being a frontline-orientated job? Women are banned from doing the equivalent job in the US Army because it's classed as a combat job, that's why I'm asking I think. http://www.army.mod.uk/rolefinder/role/65/artillery-observer/ p.s. Just to clarify I am not yet in the application process of joining the Army although I've been to see an AFCO who didn't seem to know much about the Artillery so don't tell me to do that, I'm working on my fitness first before applying and slogging in a boring job for the mean while lol.