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Army Foundation College Harrogate

The Army Foundation College (AFC) is in Harrogate, North Yorkshire and trains young people to become Junior Soldiers for the various Corps and Regiments of the Army.

The Army Foundation College is the only Junior Entry Phase 1 training establishment in the British Army. The College plays a vital role in providing the basic military training and developing future leadership.

A high percentage of Non Commissioned Officers and Warrant Officers in the British Army have conducted Junior Entry training. The College aims to create a well-rounded Junior Soldier - physically, conceptually and morally. The delivery of training is conducted in accordance with a carefully synchronised College programme and is aimed to be progressive and provide variety. There is a balance between classroom, camp and field training. Two courses are delivered at the College; Junior Entry (Long) and Junior Entry (Short).

The long course is a 12 month course and is designed for Junior Soldiers that have been selected for the following cap badges; Infantry RAC RA RLC Drivers The short course is a 6 month course for all the remaining and more technically-orientated cap badges (less RE females, Intelligence Corps, Royal Army Dental Corps, Queen Alexandra’s Royal Army Nursing Corps, Royal Army Veterinary Corps and a number of Royal logistic Corps trades).

The College has 5 training companies, Alamein, Burma, Cambrai, Peninsula and Waterloo. Each of these companies will have between 5 to 6 platoons of 48 Junior Soldiers.

The College receives 2 intakes a year in September and March. The graduation of the Junior Soldiers is marked by two very large parades each year in February and August which attract large members of family and VIPs.

There are two courses:

  • a 49-week course (including eight weeks holiday) for those joining the infantry, Royal Armoured Corps/Household Cavalry, Royal Artillery and some Royal Logistic Corps roles
  • a 23-week course (including three weeks holiday) for those joining courses with longer Phase 2 training – these are Royal Electrical and Mechanical Engineers, Royal Engineers, Royal Signals, Adjutant General’s Corps, Royal Army Medical Corps, Army Air Corps and some Royal Logistic Corps roles

Students must be aged between 16 years and 17 years and 5 months when they start training. See the Pre-arrival information page for a link to the holiday timetable for the AFC – this lists the term times, arrival dates, families’ days and graduation parades.

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