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Regular soldier careers

The Royal Anglian Regiment is the county Infantry Regiment for East Anglia and the East Midlands. We have two Regular Battalions; 1 light role and 1 light mechanised, and both are operationally experienced.

The training

Course overview

The Combat Infantryman's Course builds up skills and fitness bit by bit. The rough order involves learning individual skills first, followed by team/section and then platoon skills, ending with an assessment. During training, soldiers under training (SUTs) are taught the importance of discipline, integrity, loyalty and respect for others. They learn that being a soldier is about putting others first and having the courage to know the right thing to do in any given situation.

Personal administration

Personal Administration is everything to do with looking after self and kit, in the field as well as in camp. The more organised a man is, the easier he will find it to live like a soldier.

Weapons training

SUTs learn how to handle the SA80 rifle, the light machine gun, the general purpose machine gun and use of night viewing devices. They start on simulators before moving on to ranges and field firing exercises. There's a five day live firing exercise at the end of the course.

Drill

Drill means military procedures and movements, such as marching and parading. Learning drill makes a soldier disciplined and teaches him to take pride in his appearance and manner. The Passing Out Parade at the end of training is a public demonstration of these skills.

Field craft

These are the basic skills a soldier needs to work and survive in the field. Areas covered include camouflage and concealment, map reading, observation, first aid and defence measures. Skills are tested in exercises during the course, culminating in a final exercise.

Fitness

There's lots of exercise in the course including sports, running, gym work, swimming, the assault course and general physical training. Fitness is very important. The training is tough, so it's important that SUTs get in shape before they arrive at ITC Catterick.

The fitter they are, the easier it is. It's vital that SUTs don't let their fitness slip between selection and arrival at ITC Catterick. To get fit, and stay that way, we suggest that SUTs put an exercise programme together. The programme needs to combine stamina exercises such as running and swimming and strength exercises like press-ups.

SUTs should be spending between 40 and 60 minutes exercising, four days a week. The link to the Army Fitness site, listed on the right under "Get fit, stay fit" will be of use to SUTs due to arrive at ITC Catterick

Teamwork

Adventurous Training is an important part of the course. This comprises challenging outdoor activities, such as abseiling, kayaking and rock climbing. All these improve a soldier's teamwork and initiative. And they're great fun, too! Soldiers work as a team so it is important everyone shares the same values.

The end

The Passing Out parade at the end of the course is often one of the proudest moments in a soldier's life. But even then, the challenge will be only just beginning. They must go on to understand what being an Infantryman really means, and how they fit into the bigger picture of military life and operations.

Joining Battalion

Both the Vikings and Poachers are fighting units that deploy worldwide wherever they are needed. Within the unit there are many different jobs. Initially, you will be part of a four-man team trained to fight at close quarters, though once you have gained some experience within the Battalion, you will have the opportunity to specialise.

Here's a full list of the roles available within The Regiment: 

  • Rifleman
  • Mortarman
  • Anti-Tank Operator
  • Driver
  • Logistics
  • Telecommunications
  • Medic
  • Regimental Policeman
  • Reconnaissance
  • Human Resources
  • Intelligence Cell
  • Assault Pioneer
  • Machine Gunner
  • Sniper

What qualifications can I gain?

Throughout your time with The Regiment, you will learn new skills as well as having the opportunity to achieve credible qualifications. You can gain academic qualifications to stand you in good stead for life after the Army, or complete an Apprenticeship and get an NVQ. Here are just some of the areas in which you could gain qualifications:

  • Engineering
  • Security
  • Telecommunications
  • Warehousing and Storage
  • Driving
  • Management

What is my commitment?

Initially, you will be required to complete four years' service.

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