There are many elements of a Gunner’s behaviour that set him apart from other soldiers. While most people would not recognise these things, to a Royal Artillery Veteran, failure to comply with these tell-tale habits would stand out a mile.
For this reason, all Battery members must keep the following points uppermost in their minds, and adopt these Gunner’s habits.
NEVER: Sit or rest your feet on the Guns. These are the Regiment’s Colours.
NEVER: Step through the Gun Trail or over the Limber Arm. Walk around them.
NEVER: Leave the Guns unguarded.
ALWAYS: Keep a tidy Gun site and Limber
ALWAYS: Fold and stow the Sight, Breech and Muzzle covers neatly. Do not throw them down.
ALWAYS: Ensure Sight and Tool boxes are fastened during Action, because of recoil.
ALWAYS: Maintain the Guns.
Learn and use the correct terms. For example, Platform, not turn-table.
In Action, perform your duties only – nobody elses.
When waiting for duties, rest on the right knee.
ALWAYS PUT THE GUNS FIRST.
Your comfort comes second.