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As a Coldstream Guardsman, you get involved in everything from peacekeeping and disaster relief to full-scale war. You won’t be on your own, though – you’re supported on the battlefield by some of the Army’s most skilled soldiers. You also perform in high-profile public events, and guard some of Britain’s most important people.

Are you right for this role?

You should be:

  • Sex: Male
  • Regular Army Age: 16 - 32.11 years

You should have:

  • No formal qualifications required

You should like:

  • Taking risks and feeling the adrenaline
  • Outdoor activities
  • Working outside
  • Performing in public/parades
  • Target or game shooting
  • Driving vehicles

You should be interested or have experience in:

  • Combat
  • Ammunition & Explosives Handling
  • Telecommunication
  • Vehicle / Equip Mechanic
  • Paramedic
  • Security
  • Driving large vehicles
  • Driving small vehicles


The Infantry Training Centre Catterick (ITC(C)) trains all Infantrymen joining the British Army and produces the best Infantry soldiers in the world. As a new Coldstreamer you’ll complete the Guards Combat Infantryman's Course (30 weeks), which combines your initial training and your Infantry training (Phase 1 & 2).

You learn essential soldiering skills like how to survive in numerous environments and you will build stamina and fitness. You will be taught how to fire the Infantry weapons, how to administer first aid, how to map read in all conditions as well as many other skills of the trade.

After your Infantry training you will then complete a further 2 weeks to gain a B or C drivers license.

Following successful completion of your training you will join the regiment and become part of one of the most famous military units in the world.

Skills you can learn

As a member of the Coldstream Guards you’ll have a specialist role within your team: machine gunner, sharpshooter, combat medic or rifleman. Mastering these skills is down to you.

You’ll learn how to combine all of the combat roles in order to defeat the enemy, often in hostile or challenging environments. You’ll also learn to be part of some of the biggest parades in the world in front of thousands.

Later in your career you’ll learn how to manage larger teams of soldiers and this important equipment in high pressure situations. Your communication skills will be second to none, you may end up advising senior officers.

You’ll learn many life skills that will help you in your future, you’ll become confident, fit & learn many new skills that you simply would not learn out of the Infantry. As you move up the Infantry career ladder you will be given more responsibility and learn new and exciting things.

Qualifications you can achieve

  • Variety of driving licences
  • Public Services Apprenticeships in Security, Communications, Engineering, Carry and Deliver Goods, and Storage and Warehousing
  • NVQ Level 2 Public Service
  • ILM Team Leading Award
  • BTEC Level 2 Certificate in Relief Operations Skills
  • Parachuting

You will experience ceremonial and combat roles as an officer in the Coldstream Guards.

You may perform in high-profile public events, and guard some of Britain’s most important people.

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