Army Training Regiment Winchester
The Army Training Regiment Winchester is located on the north west outskirts of Winchester in Hampshire. It delivers Basic Training over the duration of 14 weeks for Standard Entry recruits.
Contact Front: Getting the Basics
Common Military Syllabus
ATR Winchester delivers the 14-week training course (known as the Common Military Syllabus) which is completed by all adult (age 17+) recruits when they join the Army.
The course is designed to develop the individual and team skills in a progressive manner, preparing recruits for their Initial Trade Training, where they learn the specific skills for their chosen Army trade.
Recruits will join one of the following Corps:
Royal Armoured Corps, Army Air Corps, Royal Regiment of Artillery, Corps of Royal Engineers, Royal Corps of Signals, Royal Logistics Corps, Corps of Royal Electrical and Mechanical Engineers, Adjutant General's Corps, Army Medical Services, Intelligence Corps.
What you'll learn
Those coming to ATR Winchester will be taught and trained on a variety of military aspects.
- Skill at Arms
- Fitness training
- Qualities of a soldier
- Military knowledge
- Battlefield casualty drills
- Individual health
Week 1: Attestation (a formal ceremony to join the British Army), kit issue, administration, values and standards training and Exercise Icebreaker – a night outside on exercise
Week 2: Weapons training, fitness training and drill
Week 3: Weapons training, fitness training, first aid and navigation
Week 4: Live firing, fitness training and first aid test
Week 5: Exercise First Step (Two nights in the field) and navigation test
Week 6: Live firing, Drill
Week 7: High wires confidence course, Exercise Halfway (Three nights in the field)
Week 8: Navigation, fitness training, Exercise Valiant Spirit (Realities of War), Families day and long weekend
Week 9: Live firing assessments
Week 10: Soldier Development Week (Adventure training)
Week 11: Fieldcraft test day, ranges and Initial Trade Training visit
Week 12: Close Quarters Marksmanship, Chemical, Biological, Radiation & Nuclear (CBRN) training, Role Fitness Test (Basic Training)
Week 13: Exercise Final Fling, (5 days confirming all of the skills learned - plus fire, movement and map reading tests)
Week 14: Arms drill in preparation for a prestigious Passing Out Parade in front of family, friends and Unit representatives
Recruits share accommodation with the other members of their section, but there is still a reasonable amount of privacy for the individual. Most rooms are dormitories and sleep four people.
They have inbuilt lockers and drawers. All blocks have adequate shower and toilet facilities which are clean and modern. Male and female recruits have separate accommodation blocks of similar standards.
Bedding is issued, and this includes quilts. All bedding is changed regularly. Accommodation charges are raised monthly and are deducted from wages.
How to find us
AFC Winchester is located off the A34. Follow the signs for Worthy Down. The postcode is SO22 6NQ.
The nearest railway station is Winchester, about one hour by rail from London Waterloo.
The nearest airport is Southampton. Trains run from Southampton Airport Parkway rail station to Winchester.
Write to us at:
Sir John Moore Barracks
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Independent Advisory Panel (IAP)
The panel provides an independent source of advice, encouragement and support. It exchanges information, provides feedback and assists in identifying possible areas for improvement at ATR Winchester.
The IAP also acts as a route for external communication and promotes the Army’s reputation locally. Additionally, it acts as a source of feedback on local issues.
The panel meets regularly and also undertakes individual activity visits.