INITIAL TRAINING

Initial training (also known as Phase 1 or basic training) is where you'll learn to become a soldier. You'll be taught about what it means to be a soldier and how the Army works as well as learning survival and fieldcraft skills, first aid, and how to use a rifle. Plus you'll work on your health and fitness levels. At the end you'll pass out with your friends in front of your family.

WHERE WILL I TRAIN?

The training centre you'll go to depends on the Corps that you join:

Catterick, Yorkshire: Infantry

Pirbright, Surrey: Army Air Corps, Royal Artillery, Royal Signals, Adjutant General’s Corps, Army Medical Services and Intelligence Corps.

Winchester, Hampshire: Royal Armoured Corps, Royal Engineers, Royal Electrical and Mechanical Engineers.

Harrogate, Yorkshire: If you’re joining as a junior soldier you’ll start your Army life at Harrogate. Here you’ll learn about the Army and soldering skills, but also learn from civilians in subjects like ICT, maths and English, if you need it.

WHAT'S IT LIKE?

Get a recruit's eye view of what Phase 1 training is like, by reading Recruit Vaughan's blog from his time in training at Winchester, before becoming a Gunner in the Royal Artillery.


READ THE BLOG

DID YOU KNOW?

Ration packs are used when you're out on exercise or on operations. They last for 24 hours, and contain 4,000 calories. They're available for different diets, including vegetarian, kosher and halal.