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Phase 1

ATC Pirbright

Army Training Centre Pirbright

Army Training Centre Pirbright delivers the 14 week training course known as the Common Military Syllabus which is completed by all adult recruits when they join the Army.



Army Training Centre (ATC) Pirbright is about 30 miles west of London, close to the towns of Aldershot and Guildford. 

ATC Pirbright delivers the 14 week training course known as the Common Military Syllabus which is completed by all adult recruits (age 17+) when they join the Army.

ATC Pirbright delivers Phase 1 Training for new recruits joining:

Army Air Corps, Army Medical Services, Corps of Royal Electrical and Mechanical Engineers, Corps of Royal Engineers, Corps of Army Music, Royal Armoured Corps, Royal Regiment of Artillery, Royal Corps of Signals, Royal Logistic Corps, Adjutant General’s Corps, Intelligence Corps.


What you'll learn

Those coming to ATC Pirbright will be taught and trained on a variety of military aspects.

  • Fieldcraft
  • Skill at Arms
  • Fitness training
  • Qualities of a soldier
  • Military knowledge
  • Battlefield casualty drills
  • Individual health
  • Education

Weeks 1-7

The key events over the 14 week CMS are as follows:

Week 1: Attestation (a formal ceremony to join the British Army), kit issue, administration, weapons training and Exercise Icebreaker (teaching Exercise) - your first night in the field.

Week 2: Weapons training, introduction to foot drill and Military Swim Test.

Week 3: Weapon training, physical development and potted sports.

Week 4: Weapon Handling Test, introduction to Live Firing and Platoon Commanders Activity Day.

Week 5: Exercise First Night (Teaching Exercise) 2 nights in the field, followed by Exercise Valliant Spirit - a trip to Ypres (Realities of War).

Week 6: Live firing, Chemical/Biological/Nuclear/Radiation training.

Week 7: Phase 2 Visits (a chance to see where you are going next and meet others like you who have already passed out), foot drill test, families’ day (a chance for your family to come and visit you) and a long weekend.

Weeks 8-14

The second part of the course continues with more exciting, challenging and ultimately rewarding training. It’s a proud moment for all involved when the course ends and the Pass Off Parade takes place.

Week 8: Exercise Halfway (Teach and Test Exercise) three nights in the field, including the Section Fieldcraft Test Day.

Week 9: Adventurous training in Wales (caving, climbing, canoeing and hill walking), map reading practical and written tests.

Week 10: Physical development, first aid and Chemical/Biological/Nuclear/Radiation test.

Week 11: Annual Combat Marksmanship Test (ACMT) and physical fitness tests.

Week 12: Close Quarter Marksmanship training, Chemical/Biological/Nuclear/Radiation shoot and first aid test.

Week 13: Exercise Final Fling five nights in the field, practicing all of the skills learned over the 14 weeks.

Week 14: Arms drill, potted sports, inter section swimming gala culminating in a prestigious passing out parade in front of family, friends and unit representatives.

Phase One (Bravo)

The two-week Phase One (Bravo) course at ATC Pirbright is designed to be the climax of an Army Reserve recruit’s training. He or she is considered a trained soldier after completing their TSC(B) course.

All Army Reserve soldiers complete basic training. For Regional Units, training is completed in two parts:

  • six modular Trained Soldier Course (Alpha) (TSC(A)) weekends at a Regional Training Centre
  • followed by this two-week Phase One (Bravo) in which recruits are trained and mentored by expert Regular Army staff

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.