How fit do I need to be for phase 1 (basic) training?
You don’t have to be super fit to become a soldier. However, you do need a basic level of fitness to pass the selection stage. The Army Fit app and exercise plans will help you prepare.
How long does phase 1 (basic) training last?
Phase 1 lasts for 14 weeks unless you’re under 17 where you would attend the Army Foundation College, Harrogate. If you join the Infantry your Phase 1 and Phase 2 training is combined in a 28-week soldier training course. (30 weeks for Para and Guards).
How long does phase 2 (specialist) training last?
The length of your course depends on the job you do. Some roles can be learned in a few months. Others might take more than a year to master.
How do I apply to AFC Harrogate
To apply to AFC Harrogate you can use our normal Army application form, which you'll find it in My Account
(you'll need to create an account to access this part of the site). Or if you'd like to talk to someone face to face about your options, visit your local Army Careers Centre
How old do I have to be to join the Army?
You need to be 16 to join the Army as a soldier, although you can start the application process earlier, with your parents' permission. To become an officer you need to be 18, although you can apply for sixth form and university sponsorship before you reach this age. To join the Army Reserve you need to be 18.
Do you need GCSEs to join the Army?
To join the Army as a soldier you don't normally need GCSEs. There are a few exceptions though, for example, you may need GCSEs for some technical roles. For all roles in the Army, you'll need to pass the Army entrance tests.
How long do I sign up for?
When you become a soldier you sign up for at least four years including the time you spend training.
How much does a soldier earn?
Regular soldiers receive over £280 a week in Phase 1 training, which rises to at least £18,125 a year depending on which Army job you do. Some specialist roles receive extra pay. Your salary will increase annually as your career continues, regardless of promotion and extra responsibilities. Within five years you could reach the rank of Corporal which starts at £27,324.
More about soldier pay
Can I join as a soldier and work my way up to officer?
Yes, many Officers start their Army life as a soldier before being commissioned.