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The Battery Sergeant Major is the Battery Commander’s right hand man for administration and discipline.
Whilst the Battery Second in Command – known as the BK, works on administrative planning – the food, ammunition, accommodation and transport needs of the whole Battery, it is the BSM who puts that planning into action and coordinates it all.
As a Warrant Officer Class 2, he is the senior non-Officer in the Battery and normally full of wisdom and calm. He is there to guide but not command the Battery’s batch of young Officers: the Lieutenants and Second Lieutenants who, if they are wise themselves, will always listen hard if the BSM speaks and offers advice.
If a soldier is charged with a military office, it is the BSM who frames the charge and puts the soldier in from of the Battery Commander for a decision.
Hope that helps.