The Army Foundation College in Harrogate trains over 1,300 Junior Soldiers each year, providing the 16 and 17-year-olds – the youngest soldiers in the British Army – with military and vocational education ahead of a career in the British Army. (Credit: Sergeant Ian Forsyth RLC)

Junior Soldiers at Harrogate

Pictures by Sgt Ian Forsyth – Tuesday 9 Nov –

The Army Foundation College in Harrogate, North Yorkshire trains young people to become junior soldiers for the Infantry, The Royal Armoured Corps, The Royal Artillery and The Royal Logistic Corps.

With the recruits aged between 16 and 17.5 on joining the college offers ‘phase 1’ military and vocational training allowing the recruits to gain the valuable soldiering skills needed in the modern army as well as further developing their core educational skills.

The 42 week training is broken down into a number of terms and covers a wide range of skills and activities. On successful completion of the training the junior soldiers are able to begin their phase 2 training which further prepares them for when they join their respective units.

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