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1st Infantry Training Battalion

The 1st Infantry Training Battalion at ITC Catterick delivers the Combat Infantryman's Course to all Line Infantrymen. The Battalion comprises the following companies:

  • The King's Division Training Company
  • The Prince of Wales's Division Training Company
  • The Queen’s Division Training Company
  • The Rifles Training Company
  • The Royal Regiment of Scotland Training Company

There's more about each company below.

The King’s Division Training Company

The King's Division comes from the North of England, from the fells of Cumbria and the mill towns of Lancashire, across the Pennines to the Yorkshire Dales and the large cities of Yorkshire. Its soldiers complement the geography, being tough, gritty and plain speaking.

Soldiers from the King's Division are currently serving all over the world in a variety of roles with great distinction.

The King's Division is where all recruits wishing to join The Yorkshire Regiment and the Duke of Lancaster’s Regiment are trained.

The King's Division values its recruits and they will be trained by only the highest quality instructors who have been selected from our regular Battalions. Our aim is to produce quality soldiers able to deploy on operations around the world.

We believe in the importance of having 'fun' while in training and there is time built into the programme for sport, adventure training and trips to museums.

Kings is a Division of tough, no-nonsense northern soldiers with a proud history of uncompromising service to both Queen and country.

The Prince of Wales’s Division Training Company

The Prince of Wales's Division has for centuries drawn on the heartland of England and the hills and valleys of Wales for its recruiting. Recently, under broader Army changes, the Division has expanded to take soliders from the island of Ireland with the addition of the Royal Irish Regiment.

So the Prince of Wales's Division is trult multi-national consisting of men who now have an enviable reputation not only within the British Army, but also among other Coalition armies and proudly fly the British flag while on operations around the world.

The Prince of Wales's Division values its recruits and therefore only sends its best soldiers and officers to Catterick to train them. The instructors are experts in their particular fields and fully understand the challenges faced by any man embarking on a career in the Army.

All of them, at some stage, have gone through exactly the same training and are best placed to advise, mentor and encourage.

Anyone joining the Prince of Wales's Division will be starting a new, exciting and varied life in a strong and proud team.

The Queen’s Division Training Company

We are a county-based Division, bound together by a close-knit family spirit. Our approach is a classless society, based on mutual respect and trust where developing and believing in our recruits is paramount. We are a forward-looking, self-starting and welcoming team for whom the mission, whatever that may be, remains paramount. By living this ethos, the Queen’s Division seeks to constantly deliver excellence in both training and people.

The Queen’s Division is where all recruits for the Queen’s Division qualify as Combat Infantrymen prior to joining one of our Battalions. All are battle proven, showing extreme courage, determination and compassion in the face of adversity.

The Queen’s Division values its recruits by providing them with the highest quality instructors who have been carefully selected from our seven regular Battalions. Our aim is to produce high quality soldiers who are fully prepared for both war-fighting and peace-keeping operations anywhere in the world.

The Rifles Training Company

The Bugle, the rifle green beret and the faster marching pace are the more obvious visual features that distinguish The Rifles from other Infantry Regiments. They are the symbols of a complete philosophy of leadership that encourages personal initiative and disciplined self-reliance among soldiers – thinking, fighting soldiers.

The Rifles values its recruits and they are trained by only the highest quality instructors who have been selected from our five regular Battalions. Our aim is to produce quality soldiers able to deploy on operations around the world.

The Company is unique in its use of the Bugle and marching at 140 paces to the minute – the remainder of the Army marches at 120 paces. We pride ourselves on this and at the Pass Out Parade recruits from Rifles Division will be the last to ‘Double Off’ the square – and always to a cheer! We believe in the importance of having ‘fun’ while in training, and there is time built into the programme for sport, adventure training, trips to museums and visits to regular Battalions.

The Royal Regiment of Scotland Training Company

The Scot's Division is where recruits wishing to join all five Scottish Battalions are trained.

For centuries the soldiers of the Highlands and Lowlands of Scotland have been familiarly referred to as the Jocks – powerful fighting men who have enjoyed an enviable reputation within the British Army.

Today these soldiers are trained in the Scot’s Division. Recruits are nurtured and developed by our high calibre training teams.

Trainers are experts in their art and have been carefully selected for their qualities as instructors and role models. The training staff fully understand the challenges faced by any young man as he undertakes the transition from civilian life to military service – and our instructors appreciate their role in mentoring and assisting recruits as they embark upon their new career.

Training is demanding but also interesting and fun. It is easily within the capability of anyone who has the desire to succeed. Education, which includes numeracy and literacy, is also a key theme.

To this day, the Scottish Infantry has succeeded in preserving and retaining the distinctive character for which we are famous. This is most obviously expressed through our tartan, our distinctive head dress and the music of our pipes and drums

Be part of it, be proud of it. Expect adventure.

Scotland's Infantry – Soldiers of a Proud Warrior Nation.