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The Household Cavalry is always looking for the best future soldiers just like you. No matter where you come from, or what your background is, you will become part of the most senior and unique family in the British Army and become a Trusted Guardian.

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From the jungle of Brunei, to the Canadian Prairie, to the sands of the Middle East you will experience a unique, diverse and exciting range of opportunities. You will learn skills that will set you up for life, make friends that will always be there for you, and have an enduring sense of pride for what you've achieved. 

The Household Cavalry are the Trusted Guardians who pride themselves on their courage and humility to learn and adapt in the relentless pursuit of mounted excellence. 

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What can you do in the Household Cavalry?

Our soldiers are unique in the Army as they are dual trained to carry out State Ceremonial Duties and Armoured Reconnaissance. The jobs within these two roles are broad, exciting and nearly endless. You will be able to train as a Guided Weapon specialist, sniper, driver, gunner, vehicle commander, farrier, saddler, tailor, Physical Training Instructor, signals operator, driving and maintenance instructor, assault trooper, paratrooper, commando plus much, much more!
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Is the Household Cavalry right for me?

The Household Cavalry offer is unique in the British Army, shortly after finishing your training you may find yourself guarding our Monarch outside Horse Guards or escorting Her down the Mall. You might also find yourself using some of the most advanced equipment the British Army has to offer on exercise or operations. 

Our people come from all walks of life and from all over the United Kingdom and Commonwealth. We are a diverse organisation, which takes pride in being the best it can be and providing the best of both worlds. We are a collection of individuals who come together to form an effective and tight team who can overcome anything that is presented to us.

It is this closeness and shared respect that makes us the Trusted Guardians.  

Does the Household Cavalry recruit from only specific areas in the UK?

Not at all. We are a national regiment and our soldiers come from across the four corners of the United Kingdom and Commonwealth. We feel that this is one of our biggest strengths - our diversity makes us stronger. 

How do I join the Household Cavalry?

You need to apply to join the Army first by completing the Online Application Form on the 'start application' tab on the right of the page. From there you'll be allocated a Candidate Support Manager who will help you through the process. If you let your Candidate Support Manager know that you want to join the Household Cavalry they'll be able to steer you down the right path. 

Who can I talk to if I want to know more about the Household Cavalry?

If you get in touch with our recruiting officer he'll be able to help you with your questions and advise on how best to proceed with your application. He can be emailed at HCR-RHQ-RecruitingOfficer@mod.uk or called on 01753 75 5065.

Do I need to be able to ride to join the Household Cavalry?

It is definitely not necessary to be able to ride beforehand as everyone will go through the same 20 week riding course and be taught how to ride to a very high level. You will also gain qualifications in equine management and horse welfare. Having a bit of experience will help you with the course but it is certainly not required.

What training will I receive?

If you are older than 17 years and 5 months when you start your basic Phase 1 training you will complete a 14-week course where you will learn the fundamentals of being a British Army soldier. You'll learn how to march, shoot and run to set you up for the rest of your Army career.

If you are aged between 16 and 17 years and 5 months when you start training you will go to Army Foundation College Harrogate. You'll be paid up to £1,200 a month during the 40-week course and as well as learning all of the military skills required to be a soldier you will gain educational qualifications. 

On finishing your basic training you will go to Bovington proudly wearing your Household Cavalry beret for a 12-16 week course to start specialising as a reconnaissance soldier. You will learn how to fire some of the weapons we use, including the General Purpose Machine Gun, how to operate our signals equipment and how to live and survive out in the field.

After finishing your phase 2 training at Bovington you will go to Windsor to do the 16-week Khaki riding course. All the training is progressive so you will start learning about how to look after your horse and the basics of riding. You will quickly progress to jumping over fences and even riding 'hands free'. By the end of the riding Khaki course you'll be itching to go to Knightsbridge to learn how to ride in all the iconic State Ceremonial kit.

This 4-week 'Kit Ride' is the culmination of the training you would have received to date and although a demanding course, the sense of pride and achievement on the Kit Ride Pass Off Parade will be one of the highlights of your career. You are now a State Ceremonial Trooper. The training does not stop here, though, as whilst at Knightsbridge you can train as a farrier, tailor or riding instructor to name but a few. 

After spending about two years at Knightsbridge you will then join the Armoured Regiment where your training continues at speed. You will learn how to drive and maintain the armoured vehicles that we use to carry out our reconnaissance. As your career progresses you can specialise in signals, gunnery or maintenance. 

Your training never stops!

What is the difference between The Life Guards and The Blues and Royals?

The difference between The Life Guards and The Blues and Royals stems back to the late 1600s. During the English Civil War The Life Guards went with the exiled King, Charles II to Europe, whilst the two regiments that form The Blues and Royals which are The Royal Horse Guards (The Blues) and The Royal Dragoons (The Royals) were fighting on the side of the Parliamentarians against the King. 

The most obvious difference between the two Regiments is the iconic State Ceremonial uniform that they wear as The Life Guards wear a red tunic and white plume on their helmets, whereas The Blues and Royals wear a blue tunic and red plume. As a result The Household Cavalry Mounted Regiment is split between a Life Guards Squadron and a Blues and Royals Squadron. They fundamentally do exactly the same job but wear different uniforms to do that job.

In the Household Cavalry Regiment, The Life Guards and Blues and Royals are completely mixed together in the five Squadrons that make up the Regiment. Life Guards and Blues and Royals have the same operational role as armoured reconnaissance soldiers. 

And so, even though all our soldiers and officers come under the Household Cavalry they are a Life Guard or Blue and Royal.

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