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Soldier Initial (Phase 1) Training

Initial Soldier Training is conducted at a number of training centres around the country – which one you’ll go to depends on your age and which part of the Army you are joining.

All Standard Entry (over 17) infantry training is conducted by the School of Infantry at the Infantry Training Centre (ITC), Catterick. The school conducts combined Phase 1 and Phase 2 training for all infanteers on the six-month Combat Infantryman's Course.

The rest of the Army is trained by the units that make up the Initial Training Group. Three Army Training Regiments (ATRs) deliver Standard Entry (over 17) training at Pirbright and Winchester. In addition, Junior Soldiers (aged between 16 and 17.5) are trained at the Army Foundation College (AFC) in Harrogate.

ITC Catterick trains all the Army’s infantrymen, producing some of the world’s best infantry soldiers.

Offers school-leavers aged 16 years – 17 years, 5 months the chance to learn as they earn.

The largest Phase 1 training centre in the Initial Training Group, training soldiers aged 17 and over.

This Phase 1 training establishment trains soldiers aged 17 and over.

ATR Grantham

Army Training Regiment Grantham is located in Lincolnshire and is the British Army’s key location for training the Army Reserve Phase 1 Recruits.


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