Re enlisting (again)- thinking about 4/73 battery

#1
Guys, Need a bit of help. I re-enlisted last July after a few years as a civvy but due to personal problems back home, I had to DAOR in September and sort out a few family issues. Now they have been dealt with, I am looking at re-enlisting (again) for a further stint in the artillery. I know who 4/73 battery are and what they do, but does anybody have any idea as to what the phase 2 involves for special observer and also what the selection up at Marne Barracks involves????


Any help will be massively appreciated.
 
#2
Phase 2 involves going through standard gunner training to fire off the big guns (sorry not got a clue to all the arty stuff) its only once you pass out and go to 4/73 you must past the patrols course to be able to do the special observer buisness, i.e OP's, CTR's and contact drills etc, Nails apparently
 
#3
Phase 2 training doesn't include gun training. I've copied and pasted a post I made some time ago elsewhere to explain...

"Phase 2 training takes place at 24 Bty RA based at the Artillery centre, Larkhill. It lasts up to 12 weeks, is modular and focuses on:
-Joiners week (week one)
-B (UK car) driving licence acquisition (4 weeks)
-Service Drivers Conversion: Land rover cross country and night driving (2 weeks)
-Communications training: RA BOWMAN radio operator (2 weeks)
-Basic close combat skills (1 week)
-Personal education (1 week)
-Leavers week and final tests (1 week)

Para, Commando and Special Observer volunteers will conduct additional physical preperation to meet the starting standards for their respective selection courses. At this stage all Gunner recruits will be trained as a 'Generic RA Soldier', and be ready to join their units for phase 3 training and deployment on operations."

That has been taken from the pamphlet "Royal Artillery soldier recruiting and initial training aide memoire, Joiners criteria- Recruiters information".
The main bit that potentially applies to you is in the second to last paragraph. I can't tell you about the observer course, as I've never done it, but do a search and I'm sure it has been brought up several times before in various guises.
 
#4
nuttymonkey said:
Can't find anything as to what the patrols course and selection involve though!
Did you try going to the search box and typing in "4/73", or "special observer course"?

I just did, because I refused to believe this is the first time anyone has asked about the course, and you'll never guess what showed up... :roll:
 
#5
<<<<<< Feels like a bit of a prize prick for forgetting the search function existed!!!!!!
 
#6
nuttymonkey said:
I re-enlisted last July after a few years as a civvy but due to personal problems back home, I had to DAOR in September and sort out a few family issues. Now they have been dealt with, I am looking at re-enlisting (again) for a further stint in the artillery.
so you re-enlisted?(so used a daor)....then used another doar in sept? and now rejoining again? how did u get 2 daor's :? and you need to ask if the army even accepts anyone a 3rd time...
 
#7
Rather than jump a huge hurdle at the outset, why not join a field regt, train up on the OPs and then try their selection?

For 1 Bty, they are a very busy bunch and a Regt such as 4th Regt down the road from Marne Barracks in Topcliffe might be able to offer better opportunities...
 
#8
trust me, dont go straight to 4/73 as you will fail, only 10 in 50 pass the course. You need to be sh*t hot on navex etc... so i suggest you goto a reg before and get some experience. Join 29 and go 148 bty which is op's for 29. then you have a chance of going SBS.
 

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