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 capbadge 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. They are
offered the opportunity to pursue a one year Army Foundation Course.
This course provides a supportive environment and the Foundation
Course allows 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 Information Technology.
In April 2005 the decision was taken to close the Army Technical
Foundation College (ATFC) at Arborfield, and transfer students to,
principally, the Army Foundation College (AFC) at Harrogate, where a
technical training stream was introduced.
The former Army Technical Foundation College (ATFC) at Arborfield
delivered Phase 1 (initial military) training to Junior Entry recruits
in the Technical Corps: the Royal Engineers, Royal Signals, Royal
Logistic Corps and Royal Electrical and Mechanical Engineers.