Training to be a Soldier

Initial training (also known as Phase 1 or basic training) is where you'll learn to become a soldier. You'll be taught about what it means to be a soldier and how the Army works, as well as learning survival and fieldcraft skills, first aid and how to use a rifle. Plus, you'll work on your health and fitness levels. At the end you'll pass out with your friends in front of your family.

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Where will you train?

What’s it like?

Get behind the scenes of training by watching Civilian to Soldier, created by one of the team at the Initial Training Centre, Catterick. The series breaks down the training into week by week blocks, so you can see exactly what to expect when you head off to start your Army career.