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Basic Training

All Riflemen are trained at the Infantry Training Centre, Catterick; known as ITC Catterick for short. Here you will learn basic Infantry skills and regimental ethos. Seperate course are run for Standard Entry, Junior Entry and Reserve Recruits.

Senior Entry (SE)

This is a 26 week long course that covers all the basic skills to become a Rifleman. A driving course is then provided for aRiflemen with a licence. You will be eligiable to attend the SE Course at the age of 17 and the course is summarised in the post at the following link;

http://www.army.mod.uk/documents/general/Recruit_to_Rifleman.JPG

You will belong to The Rifles from the start of your training and be trained by RIFLES Officers (a Captain or Lieutenant) and Non-Commissioned Officers (a Serjeant and Corporals). Your Training Team will have a vast amount of experience and will have been on operations all over the world. Their aim is to help you through your basic training and prepare you for life in a RIFLES Regular Battalion.

Junior Entrants (JE)

Your journey to become a Rifleman will start at the Army Foundation College, Harrogate or AFC Harrogate for short. You will need to be between 15 years and 7 months and 16 years and 9 months of age on enlistment to be eligible to start at AFC Harrogate.

What to expect from AFC Harrogate? You will train to become a junior leader on a 42 week long course. Once you have finished the AFC Harrogate Course you will continue your training to become a Rifleman by completing a 12-week course at ITC (C).

Over the 12 weeks in Catterick you will hone your leadership skills and be taught what is needed to become a Rifleman in a RIFLES Regular Battalion.

Reservists

You will need to attend ITC Catterick after completion of your Phase 1B Training Course at the Army Training Regiment, Pirbright. At a time of your choosing you will be expected to be free from any other commitments to attend the 2-week course at ITC Catterick. Over those 2 weeks you will be taught what is needed to become a Rifleman in the RIFLES Reserve Battalion.

Regimental Shepherd

The Rifles has people to look after all its recruits at ITC Catterick. The team is headed by a Serjeant known as the Regimental Shepherd. He can be contacted at the following email and telephone numbers should a recruit or friends have any detailed questions about the courses outlined above or concerns about RIFLES recruits under training:

Email: ITC-1ITBRiflesshepherd@mod.uk

Land Line: 01748 872765

Mobile: 07826537776

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