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The Royal School of Artillery


It was the last thing any of them remembered for weeks on end...

The Royal School of Artillery (RSA) is part of the Artillery Centre and is an international centre of excellence for artillery training. It is situated in the centre of the British Army's largest national training area and offers unique access to live firing and manoeuvre facilities. The Staff of the School is made up of highly qualified instructors from the Royal Artillery, other Arms and Corps of the British Army and a number of overseas artillery instructors, for example Australian, Canadian and American.

In addition to artillery training, the RSA train all Armoured Fighting Vehicle and Aircraft Recognition Instructors for the British Army. The RSA is subordinate to - but separate from - the Directorate Royal Artillery. The Commandant of the School also has responsiblities within HQ DRA - some observers believe that this is the root cause of many problems.

The School is also known as The School of Fools by some, and The College of Knowledge by others.

Capability Branches

Artillery Command Systems (ACS)

Bowman. 'Nuff said.

Artillery Command Systems (ACS) Branch is an integral part of the Royal School of Artillery. It is the remit of ACS Branch to provide both officers and soldiers of the Royal Artillery with the skills that they need to exploit the benefits of the communication and information systems that are available on today's battlefield.

The Branch not only conducts instruction on ACS but also provides professional advice to units, headquarters and formations on artillery communications, Command Post operations and target engagement systems. The inextricable relationship between command, control and communications is being fully exploited by the Royal Artillery.

The Royal School of Artillery is leading the way in digitisation, ensuring that the officers and soldiers of today are ready to meet the challenges that digitisation will bring in the delivery of reliable and resilient communications and fire control systems in support of artillery weapon platforms.

ACS Branch is sub-divided into a number of discrete functional areas:

Strike Branch

This is where the magic happens...

Strike Branch is sub-divided into Surface-to-Surface and Surface-to-Air systems.


Strike: Surface-to-Surface runs instructor career courses for Officers, Warrant Officers and SNCOs covering all aspects of Field and Close Support role. The aim of the courses is to fit selected personnel for wider responsibility both at Regimental Duty and on the Gunnery Staff.

This element of Strike Branch also 'owns' the following areas of capability:


Air Defence - for people who don't work nights.

Strike: Surface-to-Air acts as a focus for Ground Based Air Defence (GBAD), offering specialised training, tailored to the needs of the student and using the latest simulators. The courses also provide career training to fit selected Officers, Warrant Officers and Senior NCOs for wider responsibility at both Regimental Duty and Gunnery Staff within the GBAD community. Like its S-to-S partner, it has responsibility for:

Targeting Branch

Targeting Branch is a world leader in the delivery of carefully focused training in surveillance and target acquisition, the targeting process and the tactical handling of field artillery. Instructors are drawn from the Artillery as well as other teeth arms and augmented by officers from Australia and the USA. They combine a wealth of practical and operational experience gained across the full spectrum of conflicts.

The Branch has specific responsibility for:

Hermes 450 - teh awesome!

In addition, it also runs the Land Joint Fires Staff Officer Course and the Joint Fires Coordinator Course (JFCC) - both of which are jolly good.

Young Officers' Branch

Royal Artillery Officers receive their principal training at the Royal School of Artillery. From the start of their career as a Troop Commander until taking command of their first Regiment, they will return to the School at various times during their career. Overseas students join these courses, as they receive not only quality instruction but also the opportunity to work alongside British Officers to develop their skill and understanding of British artillery doctrine.

External Links

RSA Course Programme