Household Cavalry Soldier

Royal Armoured Corps

These are roles that we're looking to fill quickly, so if you're keen to join quickly, you should consider one of these roles.
This is available as a full time Army role.

RIDE ON MILITARY PARADE AND SEE ACTIVE SERVICE

LEARN TO BE A VEHICLE DRIVER OR GUNNER. WITH THE CHANCE TO RIDE AT CEREMONIES AND GET OUT IN THE FIELD, YOU’LL HAVE THE BEST OF BOTH WORLDS.
Troopers in the Household Cavalry are trained to drive and operate the Scimitar armoured vehicle, gathering information about the enemy and carrying out fast attacks. They also spend time in the Household Cavalry Mounted Regiment, taking part in famous public events on horseback. It's one of the most varied and famous roles in the Army.

Training For The Role

Step 1
You'll start with your initial military training which will teach you how to be a soldier - this will cover everything from fieldcraft to how to handle a rifle. If you join as a Junior Soldier (under 17 years 5 months), you’ll do a 40-week military training course at Harrogate. If you join as a Regular Soldier (over 17 years 1 month), you’ll do the regular 14-week adult basic training. 

 

Step 2
Next, you’ll head to Bovington, Dorset for 20 weeks of specialist training, focusing on communications, fighting from vehicles and an introduction to the AJAX armoured fighting vehicle. You will complete your driving licence (if you don't already have it) and then move on to your tracked vehicle licence (the H licence). You will then move to Windsor to begin your riding course to prepare you for all aspects of becoming a mounted ceremonial soldier on duty in London.

Entry Requirements

Age: 16 years - 35 years 6 months
Qualifications:

No formal qualifications needed

Fitness:
  • Mid Thigh Pull 76kg
  • Medicine Ball Throw 3.1m
  • 2km run 10m 15s
More information about the fitness test

Qualifications You Could Get After Training

Business Administration Apprenticeship – Level 2 or 3 including Functional Skills in Maths, English and IT.

Additional stable management, farrier, and saddlemaker qualifications are available.

Rank Progression

Learn about rank progression here.

Pay and Benefits

From the Field

“I’m in the Life Guards. It’s one of the most famous jobs in the world and my parents are very proud of me. And yes, people do try and make me laugh when I’m on guard at Buckingham Palace. It is a tremendous honour to be on parade, but I am always a soldier first. I am trained on the Scimitar and that has been one of the highlights of my career - I'm looking forward to the arrival of the AJAX vehicle soon.”

HOW TO APPLY

Once your online application has been approved, you'll meet with a local recruiter. This is your chance to tell us about the role that you're interested in. When you go to the Assessment Centre,you'll take tests - the results will show whether you'd be suitable for this role, or should consider a different role.

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