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ATR Winchester

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 13 weeks for Standard Entry recruits.


Common Military Syllabus Future Soldier (CMS FS)

ATR Winchester delivers the 13-week training course (known as the Common Military Future Soldier Syllabus).

The course aims to build character, mental and physical resilience, basic military skills as well as instilling the Army’s core values and standards. CMS FS prepares 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:

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.

  • 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 13 week CMS FS are as follows:

Week 1: Attestation (a formal ceremony to join the British Army), kit issue, administration and introduction to Values and Standards (V&S).

Week 2: Weapons training, and basic field craft.

Week 3: Weapon training, live firing and navigation.

Week 4: Adventurous Training and first long weekend.

Week 5: Live firing, Casualty Training Drills.

Week 6: Exercise First Encounter - first nights in the field.

Week 7: Live firing test, family's day (a chance for your family to come and visit you).

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: Second field exercise.

Week 9: Chemical, Biological, Radiological and Nuclear (CBRN) introduction, Law of Armed Conflict and Counter Explosive Ordnance.

Week 10: Realities of War study.

Week 11: Exercise Final Fling - final field exercise.

Week 12: Military Training Digital Skills, Arms Drill and Initial trade Training visit.

Week 13: Arms drill and final administration ahead of a prestigious passing out parade in front of family, friends and unit representatives.

The quality of welfare and duty of care is outstanding. OFSTED Inspector

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.