Household Cavalry Soldier

Royal Armoured Corps

At a glance

  • Soldier
  • combat
  • engineering
  • music

Find out how it feels to wow the crowds riding at state ceremonies, and what it’s like to be out in the field, performing reconnaissance.

  • £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
Household Cavalry Troopers

I loved my time with the horses but it's great to be back on vehicles, using and developing my soldiering skills.

With the chance to ride at ceremonies and get out in the field, you'll have the best of worlds. Troopers in the Household Cavalry are trained to drive and operate armoured vehicles, gathering information about the enemy and carrying out fast attacks. They also spend time in the Household Cavalry Mounted Regiment, taking part in famous public events on horseback. It's one of the most varied and famous roles in the Army.

The Royal Armoured Corps (RAC) provides the armour capability of the British Army. It combines speed, momentum, firepower and reconnaissance capabilities with armoured fighting vehicles, such as the Challenger 2 Main Battle Tank and Jackal Fighting Vehicle.

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Key Responsibilities

  • Train on the Ajax armoured vehicle

  • Focus on combat

  • Become a reconnaissance/surveillance specialist

  • Perform mounted ceremonial duties

  • Enjoy a varied role and opportunities to travel

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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
Your initial military training teaches you how to be a soldier, covering everything from fieldcraft to how to handle a rifle.

  • If you join as a Junior Soldier (under 17 years and 6 months), you’ll do a 40-week basic military training (long) course at Harrogate.

  • If you join as a Regular Soldier (over 17 years and 6 months), you’ll do the regular 14-week adult basic training.

Step 2
You head to Bovington, Dorset for 20 weeks of specialist training, focusing on communications, fighting from vehicles and an introduction to the Ajax armoured fighting vehicle. You will complete your driving licence (if you don't already have it). You will then move to Windsor to begin your riding course to prepare you for all aspects of becoming a mounted ceremonial soldier on duty in London. After 18-24 months of ceremonial duty, you will be posted to the Household Cavalry Regiment, Bulford, to train on the AJAX armoured fighting vehicle and obtain your tracked vehicle licence.

Qualifications you could get after training

  • Car Licence (Cat B + E)

  • Level 2 Intermediate Apprenticeship: Animal Care and Welfare Assistant

  • HGV licence (Cat C + H) (after 18+ months)

  • Functional Skills Levels 1 & 2 in Maths and English

As your career progresses you could also earn:

  • Level 3 Advanced Apprenticeship: Farrier

  • Level 3 Advanced Apprenticeship: Senior Equine Groom

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.

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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