Reply To: 42nd Light Anti Aircraft Regiment Royal Artillery

Frank de PlantaFrank de Planta


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.