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Members of the Household Cavalry are the Trusted Guardians who directly serve their Monarch and their Commander. Regardless of rank, the Nation’s trust is founded on their actions. They are the custodian of a reputation built by those who served before. They are trained to excel as a mounted soldier, working in small teams, with mutual respect, to infiltrate ahead of the Brigade.

The characteristics of the Trusted Guardian:

  • The highest standards, fit for our Monarch
  • Robust: Physically and mentally prepared to succeed in demanding, complex and continually changing conditions
  • Agile: Determined to seize and exploit fleeting opportunities
  • Capable: Tactical and technical experts in all forms of mounted manoeuvre
  • Commanders setting clear objectives
  • Creativity to evaluate and learn
  • Resourcing the plan to exploit
  • Honest communication within the team
  • Balance of control and delegation
  • Motivating and leading by moral example
  • Equipment husbandry so the kit won’t let you down
  • Field craft and the self-discipline to fight at night

Is it the right job for me?

The Household Cavalry recruits soldiers from all areas of the United Kingdom and from all walks of life. All we ask is for motivated, intelligent, and tenacious people who have the will to win and can work in small teams.

Applicants need to pass the required score in the BARB test but do not need to have previous experience of riding a horse or working with vehicles. We just expect applicants to be open to trying something new.

What training will I do?

Initial training

Every Household Cavalry soldier is first and foremost a fighting soldier. You will start your basic Phase one 14 week training course at ATR Pirbright, ATR Winchester or AFC Harrogate.

During these courses you will learn how to march, shoot, become military fit, get over an assault course and live out in the field. Once completed, you will proudly pass out of training in front of your loved ones.

Further Training

Once you complete your Phase one training you will head down to Bovington in Dorset as a fully-fledged Household Cavalryman for a 12 week military skills course. Here you will learn how to fire more weapons, including the General Purpose Machine Gun (GPMG), you will be introduced to the signals equipment that Armoured Cavalry Regiments use and become more robust to the rigours of living in the field.

Ceremonial Training

The current policy of the Household Cavalry is for all new recruits to start their ceremonial training once they have finished at Bovington. Your progression to become a state ceremonial trooper will start at Windsor where you will complete the 12 week Khaki Ride. During this course you will learn how to ride to a proficient standard and you will be able to gain qualifications in Stable Management and Horse Welfare. On successful completion of Khaki Ride you will graduate to Knightsbridge for a four week Kit Ride. You will learn to ride wearing the iconic State Ceremonial Kit that generations of Household Cavalrymen have worn. You will then spend approximately 18-24 months at Knightsbridge guarding the Sovereign on both daily duties and State Ceremonial occasions.

Armoured Training

Having completed your time at Knightsbridge you will be posted to Windsor and become part of the Armoured Cavalry Regiment. You will learn to drive, maintain and fight in a variety of Armoured Cavalry vehicles. You will also have the opportunity to train in a number of specialist roles which may include:

  • Guided Weapons Operator: operate a JAVELIN missile post to observe and destroy enemy tanks.
  • Advanced Signaller: maintain and operate radio equipment to enable reliable and secure communications.
  • Assault Trooper: conduct a range of essential manual tasks.  Skills include explosive demolitions, manual methods of building entry, minefield clearance and construction of defences and obstacles.
  • Sniper: long-range concealed surveillance and precision strike capability.
  • Gunnery Instructor: instruct the regiment’s gunners on the Rarden 30mm cannon and L37 co-axial machine-gun.
  • Physical Training Instructor: plan and conduct physical training sessions to keep the regiment fit.
  • Intelligence NCO: interpret information from a wide range of sources to produce intelligence for the regiment.
  • Welfare NCO: provide essential welfare services to support and care for our families at Windsor.

What Qualifications can I get?

Throughout your military progression you will be able to gather NVQs in a wide variety of fields. These might include qualifications in engine mechanics, equine management, education and teaching, physical training, a wide variety of sporting and adventurous training qualifications and many more. During your time at Knightsbridge you can also gain qualifications as a saddler, farrier or riding instructor.

What will my career progression be?

If you have passed the required courses and are good enough you could look to promote to Lance Corporal in two years followed by Lance Corporal of Horse in four years and you’ll be able to command an armoured vehicle after six years. You’d then be looking at Corporal of Horse around the eight year point before being in a position to be a Squadron Corporal Major after that. The diversity and variety of career is huge and no two career paths follow the same route.

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