Those coming to the Army Foundation College Harrogate may find the following notes and the downloadable exercises on the right useful.
Fieldcraft. This training teaches Soldiers under Training (SuTs) how to live and fight in the field. SuTs start with the basics of constructing a shelter, cooking, maintaining themselves and their weapon, and personal camouflage. Later SuTs will master spotting the enemy and how to indicate targets, patrolling skills, obstacle crossing and fire and manoeuvre as part of a team.
Skill at Arms. SuTs will be introduced to the 5.56mm rifle, how it works and how to strip it and clean it. In later lessons SuTs will be taught how to hold and aim, moving with the weapon and fighting with a bayonet attached. Once the basics have been mastered SuTs fire the weapon from different positions at various ranges up to 300m.
Fitness Training. Throughout the course SuTs carry out a wide range of physical activities, which and challenge them at a workable pace. Lessons will be varied and progressive with endurance runs, use of a fully equipped gymnasium, climbing walls and swimming sessions. SuTs also carry out Battle PT and tackle the assault course.
Qualities of a Soldier. The Army operates by a set of strict Values and Standards which instils pride, professionalism and discipline in our men and women. SuTs will learn not only what they are, but more importantly what they mean, and how they apply to their conduct. Our Values and Standards are what make the difference between a civilian and a soldier, and are a pivotal part of Army life.
Military Knowledge. SuTs are taught about the many varied roles the Army has in deployed locations across the world. This helps SuTs to understand their own role and those of the unit they have chosen to join and allow them to see the many different places that they can look forward to seeing in the future.
Battlefield Casualty Drills. This part of the syllabus introduces SuTs to basic first aid as well as treatment of injuries specific to the battlefield. SuTs learn in a classroom before practicing their skills in realistic training. Many of the skills learned can help save lives, either in the Army or while off duty.
Individual Health. Maintaining a healthy lifestyle allows SuTs to function well and minimises the chances of illness or injury. During this part of the course SuTs are given advice on diet and nutrition, looking after themselves in hot and cold environments and how to prevent injuries occurring.
Education. The education support SuTs receive is designed to prepare them better for military training. SuTs are encouraged to apply what they have learnt in the classroom to practical problems. For those who already have good English and maths skills, there are opportunities to improve their learning skills and gain a better awareness of the military and its many roles in supporting the Government. Learning is relevant to the job ahead of SuTs and supports their chances of success in training and promotion throughout their Army career. For help with your English and Maths skills please go to: www.learndirect.co.uk/browse/mathsenglish/ or www.bbc.co.uk/skillswise/