Reserve Basic Training

ATR Grantham

Army Training Regiment 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.

Reserve Basic Training - Alpha at ATR Grantham



ATR Grantham is the British Army’s primary location for providing the Army Reserve Phase 1 Bravo courses. It also provides the pre-cursor Phase 1 Alpha course 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 fulfill 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.


What you'll learn

Those coming to ATR Grantham 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

Phase 1 Alpha

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 ATR(G) is delivered by fully qualified Army Regular and 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 8 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.