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AFC Harrogate

The Army Foundation College trains young people to become Junior Soldier for the various Corps and Regiments of the Army. As part of your education, you'll learn all the qualities of being a soldier, as well as fieldcraft, survival skills and how to handle a weapon.

You must be aged between 16 and 17 years 5 months when you start training.

Looking to join the Army before 18?

Earn over £1,200 a month while you train to become a Junior Soldier.

Take the first step to your Army soldier career and start training at the Army Foundation College in Harrogate.  We've lots of different jobs, from intelligence to infantry, communications to chefs. For some of these, you won’t need any qualifications or experience.

On top learning how to become a soldier, you'll also learn new skills and gain civilian qualifications, have the chance to travel, play sports, get fit and make mates for life.

You need to be between 16 years and 17 years and 5 months when you start training.

Why join?

Earn around £1,200 a month

Take the first step to your apprenticeship in the Army

Learn practical skills that get you out of the classroom

Make friends that last a lifetime

Get fit and healthy

Smiling Junior Soldier

Facilities at Harrogate

AFC Harrogate has excellent sporting facilities including a gym, pool, climbing walls, sports pitches, running tracks and courts for sports like badminton and netball.

There are also leisure facilities, an I.T. centre, and, a strong welfare network, to ensure that everyone has someone to turn to if they need.

Junior soldiers relaxing

How long is the course?

There are two courses, a long and short course. Which one you join depends on the job you’re hoping to do in the Army. If you're on the short course, you'll have 3 weeks off mid term, while those doing the long course will have 8 weeks.

Short course (20 weeks)

Junior soldiers at lunchtime


Long course (40 weeks)

Junior soldiers on parade

Infantry, Royal Armoured Corps, Royal Artillery, Household Cavalry, Royal Logistic Corps

How to get in

You need to apply online for Harrogate.

You must be at least 15 years and 7 months old to apply for the Army

You must be between 16 and 17 years and 5 months old when you start at Harrogate

There are two start dates every year, March and September

 What happens next?

Once your application has been checked, and you're eligible to join, you'll be invited along to your nearest Army Career Centre to meet the team and find out about your options.

When you're ready, you'll be sent along to the Assessment Centre for two days, where your fitness,  team skills and potential to be a soldier will be assessed.

Once you've passed, there are final checks to be made, then you're ready to start your training. 

If you're too old to become a junior soldier, you can join the regular Army from the age of 18.

If you're thinking of joining as an officer in a technical trade, find out how the Army can help you