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Those coming to AFC Harrogate will be taught and trained on a variety of military aspects.


This training teaches recruits how to live and fight in the field. Recruits start with the basics of constructing a shelter, cooking, maintaining themselves and their weapon, and personal camouflage. Later, recruits 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

Recruits are introduced to the 5.56mm rifle, how it works and how to strip it and clean it. In later lessons recruits are taught how to hold and aim, moving with the weapon and fighting with a bayonet attached. Once the basics are mastered, recruits fire the weapon from different positions at various ranges up to 300m.

Fitness training

Throughout the course recruits carry out a wide range of physical activities which challenge them at a workable pace. Lessons are varied and progressive, with endurance runs, use of a fully-equipped gymnasium, climbing walls and swimming sessions. Recruits also carry out Battle PT (physical training) and tackle the obstacle 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. 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 unit 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.

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.


The education support recruits receive is designed to prepare them better for military training. Recruits 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 recruit's future job and supports their chances of success in training and promotion throughout their Army career.

For help with your English and Maths skills, go to:

http://www.learndirect.co.uk/ or www.bbc.co.uk/skillswise/

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