THIS IS BELONGING Everyone wants to belong to something. A football team, a family, a close-knit group of friends. The sense of belonging you find in the Army is next level. When you’ve trained together, side by side, learned things no classroom can teach you. When you’ve lived together and worked together, it creates a bond like no other. A bond that lasts a lifetime, and sees you through whatever life throws at you.
When you become a British Army infantryman you’ll join a famous regiment rich in history and tradition, and learn from experienced soldiers who will do everything they can to help you develop and succeed. There are two routes to becoming an infantryman: you can join as a British Army Guardsman – known for their distinctive uniforms and proud ceremonial duties – or join one of our other regiments, such as the Royal Regiment of Scotland, better known to most as the SCOTS.
Whatever route you choose, you’ll be trained to become a professional combat soldier, and be part of one of the best fighting forces in the world. You’ll get to learn, make great friends and travel the world. And, whatever your chosen regiment, the bonds you build there – and the family you make –will follow you throughout your career, and stay with you when you return to civilian life.
LEARN NEW SKILLS You’ll start by training to be a rifleman – a field soldier skilled in modern combat. When you finish training, you’ll choose your specialty, whether that’s as a medic, sniper, anti-tank missile operator or any of the other options open to you. Later, you’ll get more responsibility and learn new skills, including how to manage larger teams and use your equipment in high-pressure situations. You’ll become confident and fit, and pick up life skills that will help you in the future.
WORLD-CLASS TRAINING Whether you join the SCOTS or as a Guardsman, you’ll take the Combat Infantryman’s Course at the Infantry Training Centre at Catterick in Yorkshire, where you’ll learn the skills of being a modern soldier. If you’re joining the SCOTS, this will be completed over 26 weeks. If you’re becoming a Guardsman, this will be completed over 30 weeks. If you join as a 16 or 17 year old, you’ll do basic training at the Army Foundation College, Harrogate before completing a 10 or 12-week specialist training course at Catterick.
After your training you’ll join your chosen regiment – and start your career as a British Army Infantry soldier.
GAIN QUALIFICATIONS The Army can help you gain a range of qualifications. These could include:
A range of driving licenses
Apprenticeships in Public Service, Communications, Engineering and Logistics
Leadership and Management qualifications from GCSE to Degree level
Foundation Degree level in Coaching and Mentoring
SHOW PEOPLE WHAT YOU’RE CAPABLE OF We'll be behind you every step of the way as you move up the ranks. Right from the start of your training, you’ll get the support and encouragement you need to make a success of your career. Work hard and you could get promoted, which will mean more responsibility and extra pay. And along the way, you'll pick up qualifications that are recognised by civilian employers.
BELONG TO SOMETHING THAT MATTERS
You should be:
Standard entry between 17 and 33 years
Junior entry between 16 and 17 years and five months
Army Reserve at 18 years old – but you can apply at 17 years and 9 months
Qualifications you’ll need:
No formal qualifications required
Interests you’ll have:
Decision making & responsibility
Our next deadline for application is the 30th June 2017, with further opportunities ongoing throughout the year.