Basic Recruit or Phase 1 training comprises the Combat Infantrymanís
Course (CIC) for infantry and the Common Military Syllabus Recruit (CMSR)
for all other British Army regiments and corps.
As part of ARDT, the Initial Training Group (ITG) is responsible for
Phase 1 (Basic) Training of the majority of soldier recruits, which
is undertaken primarily at the Army Training Centre Pirbright in
Surrey. Exceptions to this are the adult Infantry recruits who go
direct to the School of Infantry at Catterick in Yorkshire.
Recent figures suggest that training a recruit on the CMSR at the
ATC Pirbright costs £20,200.
The CMSR 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. There is an Army Technical
Foundation College at Winchester in Hampshire and the Army
Foundation College at Harrogate in Yorkshire.
ARTD has its own Staff Leadership School (ASLS), at Alexander
Barracks, Pirbright. ASLS has the task of training the Army's
trainers, from corporal section commanders and trade instructors to
Commanding Officers, as well as administrative and support staff. In
all, about 2,000 military and civilian training, supervisory and
support staff are trained each year.
OF INFANTRY - CATTERICK
Catterick is the home of all Infantry Training at Phase 1 and Phase
2, except Junior soldiers destined for the Infantry who continue to
receive Phase 1 training the Army Foundation College. 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.
Combat Infantryman's Course
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 26 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 Foundation College at
Harrogate undertake a specially adapted, but shorter CIC.
The Combat Infantryman's Course (Single) is structured around three
phases as follows:
Weeks 1-6 Individual skills, drill, weapons training, fitness and
Weeks 7-21 Team skills, endurance training including long runs,
Weeks 22 - 26 Live firing and battle camp at Sennybridge in Wales
followed by Passout Parade preparations.
Recent figures suggest that training a recruit on the CIC at the ITC
Catterick costs £33,700. Parachute Regiment recruits cost about
£10,000 more and their course is longer.
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 Gurkha recruits apply to join the
British Army each year and between 150 and 200 are selected.
ARMY FOUNDATION COLLEGE
The Army Foundation
College (AFC) at Harrogate delivers Phase 1 (initial military)
training to Junior Entry recruits destined for the Royal Armoured
Corps, Royal Artillery and Infantry. Recruits make their final cap
badge selection after week 21. The aim of the course is to develop
the qualities of leadership, character, and team spirit required of
a soldier to achieve a full career in the Army. The 42-week course
is a progressive and integrated package divided into three 14-week
terms. It combines the Common Military Syllabus (Recruits) with
Vocational Education and Leadership and Initiative Training.
Recruits achieve a Foundation Modern Apprenticeship and up to Key
Skills Level 3.
Entrants to the college are aged between 16 and 17 years. At the
College, they undertake a course that provides a supportive
environment allowing students to develop a broad range of skills and
qualifications that are equally valuable, in both Army and civilian
life. There are three main elements to the course:
There are 23 weeks of military training, which include basic or
advanced soldiering, progressive physical training, infantry
weapons, grenades, military leadership, marksmanship, parade ground
drill. There is also a two week final exercise in the field.
There are five weeks of leadership and initiative training which
takes in hill walking, hiking, caving, rock climbing, abseiling, and
all kind of leadership and command tasks. Lastly, there are 14 weeks
of vocational education which can result in an NVQ or SVQ in
The latest figures show that training a recruit at the Army
Foundation College Harrogate cost about £68,700 per recruit.
FOUNDATION COLLEGE - WINCHESTER
The Army Technical Foundation College Winchester was opened in 2010
and provides basic training to Junior Entry recruits wishing to join
the Technical Corps. Recruits are found from the following:
Army Air Corps
Royal Logistics Corps
Army Medical Services
Royal Electrical and Mechanical Engineers
Adjutant General's Corps.
This is a 23-week course, designed to develop the Junior Soldiers'
individual and team skills in a progressive manner, preparing them
for Phase 2 training, where they will lean the specific skills for
their chosen Army trade.
Course modules include:
Skill at Arms
Qualities of a Soldier
Battlefield Casualty Drills;