ABOVE AND BEYOND THE DUTY is the regiment’s motto, which I work towards every day as regiment leader. To deliver slightly more than expected is an expression of a wider perspective and resources. This runs through all tasks performed by the Danish Artillery Regiment.

A new Danish Artillery Regiment

On January 1st 2019 the Danish Artillery Regiment was reformed, and the Danish Army can again see this essential military element represented in the defence of Denmark. The regiment is based at Oksbøl Barracks, which was established in 1929 as a marksmanship training camp for the artillery, and which, 90 years later, sees the circle completed.  With the reformation of the Danish Artillery Regiment, Oksbøl Barracks is able to offer a number of exciting positions that help to make the barracks an attractive workplace with good development opportunities for its employees.

The regiment comprises four very different battalions.

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1. The First Artillery Battalion

The regiment’s First Artillery Battalion is part of the First Brigade, and is equipped with the Royal Danish Army’s latest materials: CAESAR artillery systems, new 120 mm Cardom mortar systems, new armoured Piranha armoured personnel carrier and the latest tactical trucks – all clustered together in the Royal Danish Army’s Tactical Communications Network (2020).

The First Artillery Battalion also has other tasks. It patrols national borders in collaboration with the Danish police force, and is also the battalion that is sent to Kronborg when military salutes are performed for the Danish Royal Family.

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2nd Combat Capacity Battalion

The regiment’s second battalion is the Combat Capacity Battalion. The battalion has an extremely varied role and is in charge of training the regiment’s conscripts, response force training, building an air defence capability and not least, maintaining the Royal Danish Army’s transverse training capacities – S7.

The task of carrying out the Royal Danish Army’s transverse training capacities is undertaken by the specialist groups Armour, Combat and Simulation. Each of these units are specialists in their particular field and part of what has been transferred from the Royal Danish Army’s Combat and Fire Support Centre.

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3rd Safety and Ballistics Division

The 3rd Safety and Ballistics Division comprises the Royal Danish Army’s formal expertise within the field of security in connection with the use of kinetic weapons and their ammunition – in times of ‘war and peace’. The division head is the Danish Defence’s range officer. Besides inspecting firing ranges, the Firing Range Inspectorate assists in the capacity development of firing ranges and corresponding targets and accessories.

The division carries out a wide range of testing activities for the Danish Defence-This includes ballistic tests, including sound and sound pressure level measurements in relation to ammunition as well as other ballistic issues. The division also constitutes the Royal Danish Army’s expertise in gunpowder salutes and advises the entire Danish Defence within this area.

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5th Reserve Division

The regiment’s newest division is the 5th Reserve Division. The division is being built from scratch so that the division’s reserve personnel can provide the necessary support for the regiment’s other divisions. The division supplies reserve personnel for the entire Danish Defence, for fire support functions at brigade and division level and for other parts of the Danish Artillery Regiment’s organisation.

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Inspection Element (TIELM) and Coordination Element (KIELM)

TIELM undertakes inspection services within the area of training documentation, including setting training requirements and making assessments of training. TIELM is also responsible for the overall development of a doctrine within the area of combat support, as well as DAR unit responsibility for tactical targeting. TIELM is also responsible for fire support for Multinational Division North (MND N).

KIELM is responsible for integrating air support into the overall fire and combat support and also in charge of interoperability, including the development of digital fire support systems. KIELM includes a JTAC I/E element (joint terminal attack control), which undertakes inspections of the army’s JTAC and carries out training support for these units. KIELM is responsible for fire support for national operations

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Garrison Support Unit

The Garrison Support Unit creates a foundation that enables the four battalions to complete their tasks. A great many tasks are centralized in the GSU, for example personnel administration, military security, IT security, physical development of the barracks (ETAB), offices for training materials, press liaison and communication, occupational health & safety and guidelines in regard to hazardous goods. The GSU also provides direct leadership support to the regiment’s and the garrison’s leaders.