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You will be twice the soldier in the Guards and lead a life less ordinary.

  • £18,687The minimum amount you’ll earn during training
  • £23,496Your pay after completing basic trade training
  • AgeFrom 16 years & 0 months to 35 years & 6 months
  • QualificationsNo formal qualifications needed


Since 1642 the Guards have fought to defend our country. We are looking for motivated and dedicated individuals to join our ranks and help us continue our legacy of excellence.

As a Guard you will receive world class Infantry training to prepare you to serve as either Light Role Infantry or Mechanised Infantry. Later in your career there are opportunities to specialise, including as a Paratrooper, in the Ranger Regiment or as an advisor to soldiers from other nations in a Security Force Assistance Battalion.

As an Infanteer in the Guards, you will serve in some of the most exciting locations in the world and benefit from a competitive salary and comprehensive benefits package.

The dual role of the Guards means that you will also have the honour to conduct State Ceremonial and Public Duties, primarily in London, where the Guards are in the spotlight during some of the nation’s most memorable events, such as the state funeral of HM Queen Elizabeth II and the Coronation of HM King Charles III and Queen Camilla.

For a life of variety, opportunity and adventure join the Guards.

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Key Responsibilities

  • Become a highly trained frontline Infantry soldier

  • Specialise in reconnaissance

  • Operate mortars, machine guns and anti-tank missile systems

  • Train as a junior non-commissioned officer and lead the Guards

  • Serve with the Guards Parachute Platoon as part of 16 Air Assault Brigade

  • Take part in state ceremonial events

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Regular (full time)

Entry requirements

  • Age:

    From 16 years & 0 months to 35 years & 6 months

  • Qualifications:

    No formal qualifications needed

  • Basic physical fitness assessment:

    • Mid Thigh Pull 76kg

    • Medicine Ball Throw 3.1m

    • MSFT (beep test) level 8.06

    More information about the fitness test

Training for the role

Step 1
You start with a Combat Infantry Course (30 weeks) at The Infantry Training Centre Catterick. Here, you do your Basic Training and then your Infantry Initial Trade Training. Your instructors will coach you through progressive training where you will learn essential skills such as firing weapons, survival, first aid and map reading while building stamina and fitness.

If you’re aged under 17 years and 6 months, you’ll do the Basic Training (long) course at the Army Foundation College Harrogate. You’ll then go to Catterick to complete your Infantry Initial Trade Training over 12 weeks.

Step 2
On completion of your Initial Trade Training, you will move to your Foot Guards Battalion. Battalions routinely conduct training in the UK, Europe, Kenya and Belize. More concentrated periods of mission-specific training prepare Foot Guards battalions for operations abroad and State Ceremonial duties.

Qualifications you could get after training

  • Vocational Driving Licences

  • HM Forces Serviceperson (Protective Services) Apprenticeship

  • Leadership and Management qualifications to degree level

  • Assessor qualifications

  • Coaching and mentoring

  • Adventure Training Qualifications (Canoeing, Mountain Biking, Skiing, Mountain Climbing, Summer Mountain Training).

Pay & benefits

Earn £18,687 a year during training. When you have completed 26 weeks' service or finished basic trade training – whichever comes first – your pay will rise to £23,496.

There are significant benefits including subsidised meals and low cost accommodation, as well as free medical and dental care. In addition, when deployed on exercise or on operations, normally you would not pay for either food or accommodation.

How to Apply

Once your online application has been approved, you'll meet with a local recruiter. This is your chance to tell us about the role that you're interested in. When you go to the Assessment Centre, you'll take tests - the results will show whether you'd be suitable for this role, or should consider a different role.

More about the joining process

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