Mortar Platoon; training state..

#1
I spent happy years in the Senior platoon of my Regiment, doing the 81mm thing. It struck me that we spent a good deal of time on courses and had an experienced team, so I've been working out the quals we had, and wondering how it stood in comparison to other ( TA ) mortar platoons.

Here goes.

Platoon Commander
Ex-Reg, last incumbent did not complete his course prior to us folding.

2i/c
2i/cs course. B and A MFC. Section Commander. CPO. A and B quals ( IIRC. ) Junior and Senior Brecon, RMQ 1-3.

A MFC
B and A MFC. Took CPOs course ( failed, the loon ). Junior Brecon, B3 Assault Pioneer. RMQ 1-3.

B MFC.
B and A MFC. Junior Brecon

Section Commander
Section Commander. CPO. B MFC. RMQ 1-5, SAA. Junior and Senior Brecon.

CPO
CPO, B MFC, Junior and Senior Brecon. FIBUA Instructor.

ACPO
CPO, B MFC, Junior Brecon.

No. 1 det commander
CPO ( FCA )

No. 2 det commander
CPO ( FCA ), Junior Brecon. 16 stone of Angry Gardener, not the sharpest pencil but one of the biggest.

No. 3 det commander
I forget.

We also worked out that our average service exceeded 12 years.

Hurrah for us.
 
#4
Bravo_Bravo said:
I spent happy years in the Senior platoon of my Regiment, doing the 81mm thing. It struck me that we spent a good deal of time on courses and had an experienced team, so I've been working out the quals we had, and wondering how it stood in comparison to other ( TA ) mortar platoons.

Here goes.

Platoon Commander
Ex-Reg, last incumbent did not complete his course prior to us folding.

2i/c
2i/cs course. B and A MFC. Section Commander. CPO. A and B quals ( IIRC. ) Junior and Senior Brecon, RMQ 1-3.

A MFC
B and A MFC. Took CPOs course ( failed, the loon ). Junior Brecon, B3 Assault Pioneer. RMQ 1-3.

B MFC.
B and A MFC. Junior Brecon

Section Commander
Section Commander. CPO. B MFC. RMQ 1-5, SAA. Junior and Senior Brecon.

CPO
CPO, B MFC, Junior and Senior Brecon. FIBUA Instructor.

ACPO
CPO, B MFC, Junior Brecon.

No. 1 det commander
CPO ( FCA )

No. 2 det commander
CPO ( FCA ), Junior Brecon. 16 stone of Angry Gardener, not the sharpest pencil but one of the biggest.

No. 3 det commander
I forget.

We also worked out that our average service exceeded 12 years.

Hurrah for us.
Over what breadth of years are taking your survey or was it based on a specific date?
 
#7
They are, FSJ.

The MFC skills in particular are very useful, as you know well.

You could always try for what is now known as the "short" Bravo course; two weeks usually for TA but also see some Regs using as beat up training prior to their longer course.

Give you a reasonable, and usable intro to fire control

BB
 
#9
The days of Mortar competitions have long gone, so it is hard to give an objective measure of our skills.

Then again, we had a fairly highly trained platoon with plenty of course passes under the belt, for what they are worth. The introduction of FCA and SPGR did greatly reduce the time taken to acquire targets; pretty much on with the second, maybe third round assuming the mortars where bedded in.

In Germany a coupe of years ago a SASC bloke did not realise we where TA...
 
#10
You must be very proud.

Having leapfrogged from No.2 to MFC (all variants) via ACPO, I managed to accrue Recruits Cadre and Platoon Signaller Cadre (not in that order! :) )as the courses under my belt.

Still, the nice DS man at one Mortar Concentration remarked that our drills were as good as anybody else there (TA and Regular) and particularly commended me for walking fire precisely up a re-entrant in pursuance of his directions (while simultaneously controlling two mortars on a Fire Plan and another two engaging targets of opportunity).

Somehow, at that period, courses weren't readily available for the TA, but we did have some very experienced veterans showing us youngsters the ropes. In fact, I'd like to take this opportunity to publicly thank them. Thanks, lads.
 
#11
Bravo_Bravo said:
In Germany a coupe of years ago a SASC bloke did not realise we where TA...
I expect when he saw your bar tab the scales dropped from his eyes...
 
#12
Bravo_Bravo said:
The days of Mortar competitions have long gone, so it is hard to give an objective measure of our skills.
Another SOTT.

mst
 

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