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Army Training Unit (North East) (ATU (NE)) delivers training for the Army Reserve covering an area the size of Belgium, we are located in Strensall, York. We provide Phase 1 Alpha courses in both the modular and consolidated variant. On both courses you will be instructed by first class Junior NCOs, Senior NCOs, Warrant Officers and Officers.

Basic training is designed to teach everything an Army Reserve recruit needs to know to become an effective soldier and fulfil their role within the Army Reserve – from military terminology, drill and how to wear uniform, to physical fitness, weapon handling, first aid, field craft and map reading.

The course is intense, challenging and enjoyable. It concludes – for those who pass – with a prestigious Passing Out Parade in front of family, friends and unit representatives.

Attendees on the course must be prepared to work hard – but they are not tested on anything that is not taught.

Training elements

Recruits will learn how to live and operate stealthily in the field during the day and at night. Recruits start with the basics of constructing a shelter, feeding in the field, maintaining themselves and their weapon, and personal camouflage. As the course progresses, recruits master locating the enemy and how to indicate targets, patrolling skills, obstacle crossing, and fire and movement as an individual and as part of a four man team.

Skill at Arms
Recruits will learn how to safely handle the 5.56mm Rifle, how it works and how to strip and clean it, they will also be taught basic marksmanship principles. Most people will never have fired a weapon before, however, once the basic skills are mastered, recruits will be fully proficient in engaging targets from 25m up to 300m, in different combat positions.

Physical Development
Throughout the course recruits carry out a wide range of physical development activities which challenge them at a workable pace. Lessons are varied and progressive, with Strength & Conditioning, Aerobic Development, Load Carriage, Endurance Runs, swimming sessions, Combat PT and Battle PT where you will tackle the Assault Course. Recruits also have the use of a fully-equipped gymnasium during the course.

Qualities of a British Soldier
The Army operates by a set of strict values and standards which instills pride, professionalism and discipline in our men and women. Recruits learn not only what the values and standards 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
Recruits are taught about the varied roles of the Army in deployed locations across the world. This helps recruits understand their own role and those of the cap badge they have chosen to join, and allows them to see the many different places they can look forward to seeing in the future.

Battlefield Casualty Drills
This part of the syllabus introduces recruits to basic first aid as well as treatment of injuries specific to the battlefield. Recruits 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.

Chemical, Biological, Radiological, Nuclear (CBRN)
Recruits will learn how to recognize the CBRN threat, hazards and Identify weapon characteristics, capabilities and effects and will learn how to carry out individual protection measures necessary to survive a CBRN attack.

Individual Health
Maintaining a healthy lifestyle allows recruits to function well and minimises the chances of illness or injury. During this part of the course recruits receive advice on diet and nutrition, looking after themselves in hot and cold environments, and how to prevent injuries.

Phase 1 Alpha Training

All Reserve Recruits complete an initial course of four training weekends over an 8 week period (excluding public holidays) at appointed Army Training Units around the country and usually local to their home and selected Army Reserve unit.

The instruction at ATU(NE) is delivered by fully qualified Army Reserve Instructors. Alternatively if employment or personal circumstances allow, Army Reserve Recruits are encouraged to complete this part of the training in a single 7 day consolidated period.

The Phase 1 (Alpha) course is designed to lay the foundations of military character for recruits and forms the first stage in your initial training. Recruits will normally be expected to progress to the next part of the training – Phase 1 (Bravo) within 12 weeks of completing Phase 1 Alpha – sooner if time permits.

You will be provided with full uniform and equipment before you commence this training. You will also receive full details of where you need to be, and when before you attend. Your parent Army Reserve unit will provide transport for you to and from your selected Army Reserve Centre to the nominated training establishment for all training.

Phase 1 Bravo Training

Following completion of Phase 1 Alpha comes the 15.5 day Phase 1 Bravo in which Recruits are trained and mentored by expert Regular Army staff. This is consolidation and continuation of the training undertaken at Phase 1 Alpha with more training on subjects already covered, with further military topics also introduced. You will also deploy into the field on 2 Field Training Exercises during this phase.

Basic training is designed to teach everything an Army Reserve Recruit will need to know to become an effective soldier and fulfil their role within the Army Reserve. It concludes - for those who pass - with a prestigious passing-out parade in front of family, friends and unit representatives on the last Sunday of the course.

Phase 1 instructors are of the highest calibre and have been selected and trained to the highest standard specifically for this role. Their primary task is to lead Recruits through the training and assist them with passing all aspects of the course. Attendees on the course must be prepared to work hard - but they are not tested on anything that is not taught.

As with attendance at Phase 1 Alpha recruits will be notified of which training establishment they are to attend for Phase 1 Bravo with full dates provided, with full detail of what kit and equipment must be brought. As with Phase 1 Alpha it is usual that your selected Army Reserve unit will deliver and indeed collect you from the training once complete.