Phase 2 training is the 'Special to Arm' training that is required to
prepare soldiers who have recently completed their basic Phase 1
training, to enable them to take their place in field force units of
their Regiment or Corps. This phase of training has no fixed period
and courses vary considerably in length. The
2001 Defence Training Review triggered a rationalisation of Phase 2
training facilities towards a joint service provision, where
Phase 2 training for the major Arms and Services of the
British Army is carried out as follows:
- Infantry recruits do all of their recruit training (Phase 1
and Phase 2) at the Infantry Training Centre at Catterick.
Royal Armoured Corps - Training takes place at the Armour Centre at
Bovington Camp and Lulworth. Recruits into the Household Cavalry
Regiment also undergo equitation training.
Royal Artillery - Training takes place at the Royal School of
Artillery at Larkhill in
Royal Engineers - Training takes place at the Combat
Engineering School at Minley, the
in Chatham and Blackwater and the Defence Explosive Ordnance Disposal
Signals - Training takes place at the Royal School of Signals at
Blandford in Dorset. Since April
2004, the Defence College of CIS (DCCIS), based at Blandford,
subsumed the responsibilities of the Royal School of Signals (RSS),
and the provision of Royal Navy and Royal Air Force Signals training.
– Training takes place at the School of Army Aviation in Middle Wallop
Royal Logistic Corps – Training takes place at the RLC
Training Regiment and Depot at Deepcut and the School of Logistics at Marchwood – previously under
the joint Defence
Logistic Support Training Group (DLSTG,) and since April 2004
under Defence College of Logistics (DCL), also based at Deepcut. Under
these new arrangements, ATRA is also responsible for Royal Navy and
Royal Air Force Logistics training. The Army School of Catering, Aldershot , the Army School of Ammunition at Kineton and the
School of Petroleum, West Moors are also ATRA logistics training facilities, as is the
Defence School of Transport at Leconfield.
Electrical and Mechanical Engineers
- Vehicle Mechanics are
trained at Bordon and other trades at Arborfield. Since April 2004, the
Electro Mechanical elements of the ATRA REME Training Group
transferred to the new Defence College of Electro Mechanical
Engineering under the command of the Naval Recruiting and Training
Agency (NRTA). The Aeronautical elements of the REME Training Group
transferred to the Defence College of Aeronautical Engineering under
the command of the RAF Training Group Defence Agency (TGDA). The ATRA
REME Training Group ceased to exist in name at the end of 2003.
The Adjutant General's Corps - Pay
and Clerks are trained at the AGC Depot at Worthy Down near
Winchester. The Army School of Training Support is at Upavon, the
Defence School of Languages at Beaconsfield and the Defence Animal
Centre at Melton Mowbray. From April 2002, the School of Finance and
Management, previously part of the Group and located at Worthy Down,
became part of the Defence Academy, although it will remain at Worthy
Down for the present. From April 2004, the Royal Military Police (RMP)
training school transferred to the Defence College of Policing and
Guarding (DCPG) at Southwick Park, Portsmouth.
Corps - Have trained since 1997 at the Defence Intelligence
and Security Centre (DISC) in Chicksands in Bedfordshire. The DISC is
responsible for training all personnel in intelligence, security and
information support. In June 2003, command of the Defence School of
Languages transferred to DISC, although the school remained at Beaconsfield.
Medical Services (AMS) - made up of the Royal Army Medical Corps (RAMC),
Royal Army Dental Corps (RADC), Queen Alexandra’s Royal Army Nursing
Corps (QARANC), and the Royal Army Veterinary Corps (RAVC). Training is
conducted by the joint service Defence Medical Training Organisation
at Aldershot and Birmingham, the Defence Dental Agency at Aldershot, and the RAVC training centre at Melton Mowbray respectively.
SERVICE – SOLDIERS AND OFFICERS
Length of Services
As a general rule, all recruits
enlist on an Open Engagement. This allows a recruit to serve for 22
years from their 18th birthday or date of attestation, whichever is
the later, and so qualify for a pension.
A soldier enlisted on this
engagement has a statutory right to leave after four years reckoned
from the 18th birthday or from three months after attestation,
whichever is the later, subject to giving 12 months notice of
intention to leave and providing the soldier is not restricted from
leaving in any way. Certain employments, particularly those involving
a lengthy training, carry a time bar which requires a longer period
before soldiers have the statutory right to leave.
For the initial period after
joining the Army individuals are able to be 'Discharged As Of
Right' (DAOR). There is no obligation to stay during this time. The
length of the period of DAOR is six months for under 18s and three
months for over 18s after turning up at the Army Training Regiment.
Individuals after this time are committed to serve for a minimum
engagement of four years. There are of course allowances made for
medical and exceptional compassionate circumstances.