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Who We Are

Training and Education

About Our Schools and Colleges

Training is a vital part of every soldier's and officer's professional development in the Army. There are different types and levels of training within the Army, from the moment you join and carry out Phase 1 training to learning a Trade and Phase 2 training, to ongoing professional development.


Initial Soldier 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.

Soldier Initial Training

Other training establishments