The Army Foundation College is the only Junior Entry Phase 1 training establishment in the British Army. The College plays a vital role in providing the basic military training and developing future leadership.
A high percentage of Non Commissioned Officers and Warrant Officers in the British Army have conducted Junior Entry training. The College aims to create a well-rounded Junior Soldier - physically, conceptually and morally. The delivery of training is conducted in accordance with a carefully synchronised College programme and is aimed to be progressive and provide variety. There is a balance between classroom, camp and field training. Two courses are delivered at the College; Junior Entry (Long) and Junior Entry (Short).
The long course is a 12 month course and is designed for Junior Soldiers that have been selected for the following cap badges; Infantry RAC RA RLC Drivers The short course is a 6 month course for all the remaining and more technically-orientated cap badges (less RE females, Intelligence Corps, Royal Army Dental Corps, Queen Alexandra’s Royal Army Nursing Corps, Royal Army Veterinary Corps and a number of Royal logistic Corps trades).
The College has 5 training companies, Alamein, Burma, Cambrai, Peninsula and Waterloo. Each of these companies will have between 5 to 6 platoons of 48 Junior Soldiers.
The College receives 2 intakes a year in September and March. The graduation of the Junior Soldiers is marked by two very large parades each year in February and August which attract large members of family and VIPs.