NEWS

OCTOBER 11TH 2018

C Troop celebrates a year in Nottingham

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Reservisits being given a tour of the museum in Bulwell to understand the local history of the Royal Artillery

A Reservist from Nottingham has explained his experiences during the first year of the Royal Artillery’s return to the city and illustrates the opportunities available to those who join the Army Reserve.

C Troop, 210 Battery, 103 Regiment Royal Artillery was established in Nottingham last year and Warrant Officer Class 2 Jason King, aged 45, has been involved since the start.

He explained: “I live nearby and couldn’t wait to assist in getting this Troop up and running. It has also given me a chance to use my experience of training to help others grow and progress within the Army Reserve.”

Jason who works as a Residential and Commercial Property Manager in his civilian career served in 307 (South Nottinghamshire Hussars Yeomanry Royal Horse Artillery) Battery in Nottingham before it was placed into ‘suspended animation’ in 2014. Up until last year he commuted to Leeds to continue his service with 269 Battery, 101 Regiment Royal Artillery.

In the last year C Troop has grown rapidly, with members of 307 Battery re-joining and has attracted 12 new recruits.

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The museum features a lot of information about the history of 307 (South Nottinghamshire Hussars Yeomanry Royal Horse Artillery) Battery

Jason added: “Members of the troop have been carrying out familiarisation training and testing on the light gun in order to be able to fully carry out their roles when needed.

“We have also attended a camp in Otterburn Training Area where soldiers have developed new skills through a number of courses including Driver Training, Leadership, L118 Gun Training, Gun Line Section Commander and Signals.”

The troop is continuing to recruit new reservists and hopes to take the new recruits on six firing exercises and a camp in Denmark in the next year.

Jason concluded: “C Troop is the only Royal Artillery unit in the East Midlands. We have many roles available including driver, medic, gun operator and communications specialist. The next year will be really exciting for everyone involved and I’m really looking forward to being fully involved in the many challenges that lie ahead of us as a unit. 

“This unit is newly formed and is making history. Serving with us is a great opportunity to make friends, learn new skills and really challenge yourself in a completely unique environment. “

“C Troop is the only Royal Artillery unit in the East Midlands. We have many roles available including driver, medic, gun operator and communications specialist."