Basic Recruit or Phase 1 training comprises
the Combat Infantryman’s Course (CIC) for infantry and the Common
Military Syllabus Recruit (CMSR) for all other British Army regiments
Recruit Physical Training
Assessments - During Recruit Training personnel are assessed
at different stages of training as follows:
min (20 reps)
min (42 reps)
min (65 reps)
part of ATRA, the Initial Training Group (ITG) is responsible for
Phase 1 (Basic) Training of the majority of soldier recruits, which
is undertaken primarily at the four Army Training Regiments;
Bassingbourn in Cambridgeshire, Winchester in Hampshire, Lichfield in Staffordshire and
Pirbright in Surrey. Exceptions to
this are the adult Infantry recruits who go direct to the School of Infantry
is also responsible for the Army Foundation
The group is also responsible for the Recruit Selection Centres where
potential soldier recruits undergo initial selection.
Until mid-2002 the Army
training organisation carried out centralised Phase 1 Training at
four Army Training Regiments (ATRs). Since then, infantry recruits
do all of their training at the Infantry Training Centre (Catterick).
OF INFANTRY - CATTERICK
is the home of all Infantry Training at Phase 1 and Phase 2, except
for Junior soldiers destined for the Infantry who continue to receive
Phase 1 training at Bassingbourn and at the Army
in Harrogate. Catterick comprises the Headquarters School of Infantry
and the Infantry Training Centre, Catterick. Also under its Command
are the Infantry Battle
School at Brecon and
the Infantry Training Centre at Warminster, which both provide Phase
3 training for Infantry officers and soldiers.
The Combat Infantryman's
Course (CIC) is the framework upon which all regular infantry recruit
training is based. The course equips recruits with infantry special
to arms skills needed for a rifle platoon ready to deploy on an operational
tour after minimal further appropriate pre-operational training in
the Field Army. Successful completion of the CIC marks the end
of initial army training.
The majority of recruits
joining the infantry choose line infantry regiments; they undertake
the standard CIC which lasts for 24 weeks. Recruits joining
the Foot Guards, Parachute Regiment and the Gurkhas, carry out additional
training to meet the particular needs of these regiments. Similarly,
recruits from the Army
at Harrogate undertake a specially
adapted, but shorter CIC.
The Combat Infantryman's
Course (Single) is structured around three phases as follows:
Individual skills, drill, weapons training, fitness and fieldcraft.
Team skills, endurance training including long runs, patrolling skills.
Weeks 22 - 24
Live firing and battle camp at Sennybridge in Wales
The unit costs of recruiting
and training infantry are substantial, as shown in the next table.
of infantry recruiting and training (Phase 1 and Phase 2)
Length of Course (weeks)
Cost per trainee for
financial year 2003-4
Royal Irish Regiment
recruits also undertake the CIC at Catterick.
Recruits from Nepal joining
the Royal Gurkha Rifles, Queen's Gurkha Engineers, Queen's Gurkha
Signals and the Queen's Own Gurkha Transport Regiment are trained
at the ITC on a 38 week CIC(G). This combines the normal Common
Military Syllabus Recruits (CMS(R)) course taught at the Army Training
Regiments with the CIC course and it includes a special English language
and British culture package. As many as 30,000 potential Gurkhas
apply to join the British Army each year and between 150 and 200 are
Phase 1 training for
all regiments and corps except infantry comprises Common Military
Syllabus Recruit (CMSR). This includes training in the basic military
skills required of all soldiers and incorporates weapon handling and
shooting, drill, physical fitness, field tactics, map reading, survival
in nuclear chemical and biological warfare and general military knowledge.
It is an intensive course and requires the recruit to show considerable
determination and courage to succeed.
Since 2002, Phase 1 training
for regiments and corps excluding infantry is undertaken by four Army
Training Regiments as shown below:
ATR Pirbright - The Household Cavalry, The Royal Logistic Corps, the Royal Electrical
and Mechanical Engineers and the Royal Artillery.
ATR Winchester - The Royal Armoured Corps, The Army Air Corps, The Adjutant General's
Corps (including the Royal Military Police), The Intelligence Corps,
Army Medical services and Musicians.
Lichfield - The Royal Engineers and The Royal Signals.
ATRA conducted a study
to evaluate the capacity requirements for Phase 1 soldier training,
and to determine the most long term economical use of the existing
Phase 1 training real estate. The study identified and developed
a range of options including the feasibility of closing one of the ATRs.
ATR Bassingbourn is
the centre for training of Junior Entry recruits, most of whom will
be 16 years old. The new courses are called:
a. Army Development Course (ADC)
- 20 weeks.
b. Army Development Course
(Advanced) or (ADC(A)) - 29 weeks.
Both courses will train the recruits in basic soldiering, but the
ADC (A) course has an additional education element – Key Skills in
literacy, numbers and communication.