At a glance

  • Featured
  • Soldier
  • combat

Protecting the nation and preventing conflict, an Infantry Soldier is among the most active soldiers in the Army, with an incredibly varied, exciting role.

  • £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

Highly skilled. Extremely fit. Always ready for the next challenge. The British Army’s Infantry Soldiers are respected throughout the world. From disaster relief to protecting the nation, nothing compares to the fast-changing life of the Infantry. You’ll be at the heart of the action, working to keep vulnerable communities safe and prevent conflict, doing something that really matters. Whatever you’re doing or where you are in the world, you’ll work and train alongside other highly skilled close-combat professionals. They’re there to help you through whatever life throws at you, on operations, on exercise or on the sports field –⁠ it’s belonging like nothing else and they’ll become friends for life. With the chance to gain qualifications, you will learn and move up the ranks too.

Apply now

Key Responsibilities

  • Master of a number of weapons, including the SA80 Rifle, Underslung Grenade Launcher, Light Support Weapon and the Light Mortar

  • Deploy around the world on everything from frontline operations to disaster relief missions

  • Work in a close-knit section and make friends for life

  • Get promoted into a huge variety of specialist Infantry roles and eventually advise senior officers

  • Join one of Britain’s 16 Infantry regiments. Each has its own identity and history

Have any questions? Talk with us


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 8.7

    More information about the fitness test

Training for the role

Step 1
You start with a Combat Infantry Course (28 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 your Basic Training at the Army Foundation College Harrogate for 49 weeks. You’ll then go to Catterick to complete your Infantry Initial Trade Training over 10 weeks.

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

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 during Basic and Initial Trade training at the Infantry Training Centre. When you have completed 26 week’s service or finished Initial 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

Related Roles

Light Gunner
Royal Artillery

Light Gunner

Become a highly skilled Gunner and make a big difference on the battlefield. Get qualifications, make friends for life and enjoy an exciting Army life.

The Guards

The Guards

Parades, peace-keeping missions, the front line as a Guardsman in the Infantry, you'll be among the most active soldiers in the Army, with an incredibly varied, exciting role.



Could you jump out of a plane, land in hostile territory and complete your mission? Have you got what it takes to stand out from the rest as a Paratrooper in the Infantry?