Why The Royal Welsh?
Starting your career as an infantryman is exciting. Training is tough but at the same time very enjoyable. Those who enlist for adult entry will complete all their training at the Infantry Training Centre at Catterick in North Yorkshire – this lasts 26 weeks. You will train with other Welshmen.
Those who enlist at junior level will start at either The Army Foundation College Harrogate, which is a 42 week long course, or at the Army Training Regiment Winchester, on a 17 week long course. On completion of your training at these establishments you will be sent to ITC Catterick where you will complete a short training period, to qualify you as a combat infantryman.
Upon successfully completing basic training as a combat infantryman, you will then join the 1st or 3rd Battalion where you will be trained in more specialist skills. All our soldiers careers are carefully managed and those showing leadership potential are encouraged towards early promotion.
Your career development is important to us. Whether you decide to stay for a short time or want to complete a full career your training and personal development will be a priority to us. The Army will provide you with an annual education grant that you can use to study a course in either an Army education centre or through a civilian provider. The military courses that you complete throughout your training offer NVQ's and qualifications that are recognised by civilian employers. All of the jobs that follow are on offer to you.
As an Infantry soldier, you will initally train as a Combat Infantryman and join a rifle platoon. Once you have developed the soldering skills that will become the bedrock of your career, you will be given the chance to move into employment elsewhere.
The Warrior Armoured Fighting Vehicle is armed with a 30mm Rarden Cannon and an electrically operated chain gun. The Gunners job is to locate, identify and engage enemy targets out to 2km. If you train to be a Warrior driver you will be responsible for driving and maintaining the vehicle which is very fast and powerful.
The Reconnaissance Platoon are the eyes and ears of the Battalion. They patrol deep into enemy territory to find out enemy locations, intentions and strength, either on foot or using a variety of vehicles. Reconnaissance Platoon are drawn from the best soldiers within the battalion.
These highly trained professionals work in pairs to harass and engage high value targets. The job requires a high degree of discipline, skill and self-reliance.
The General Purpose Machine Gun and Browning Heavy Machine Gun are excellent weapons for keeping the enemy’s heads down. They can be mounted on vehicles or tripods and fired from distance. Their high rate of fire, accuracy and durability make them a favourite within the Battalions. Machine Gunners must be reliable, very robust and have a high standard of shooting.
The 81mm mortar is the Infantry’s own artillery piece, firing explosive rounds up to 6km. Mortar crewmen are robust and intelligent soldiers, capable of manhandling the rounds and weapons as well as lasers and computers to ensure the rounds land in the right place at the right time.
Anti-Tank Missile Man
The 1st Battalion have the Javelin anti-tank missile system which can fire at day or night. Four men form a detachment and operate in front of the main force in order to give protection from enemy armoured attacks. Anti-tank missile men must have a high standard of personal camouflage and the ability to remain calm.
We have a large fleet of vehicles, all requiring drivers. Soldiers are taught to drive within the first 6 months of arrival at the Battalion. Within 18 months you will have a tracked vehicle licence, probably for Warrior. Many soldiers also go on to get their Cat C+E (HGV) and motorcycle licenses. Members of the Motor Transport Platoon will gain additional qualifications including HAZMAT and Folk Lift truck licence.
Combat Medical Technician
Every Infantry soldier is a trained first aider, but the Combat Medical Technicians provide specialist knowledge. In combat they are on the front line, ready to increase the survival rate of casualties. Each company has its own Combat Medical Technician. When in camp the medics work in the barracks medical centre dealing with work and sports injuries, ensuring that soldiers receive the care needed to maintain their fitness.
A Battalion relies on communications on the battlefield and over great distances. Signallers can operate the Army’s highly technical digital radio and communications systems and must be articulate, good with their hands and able to think on their feet. Signallers will be qualified as IT operators.
Battalions have a large amount of valuable specialist equipment. Storemen assist with the management and accounting of this and must be trustworthy, organised and reliable.
The Intelligence Section receives information from all units and analyses it to find out what the enemy is up to. The quick distribution of this intelligence is vital if enemy weaknesses are to be exploited. Intelligence Section soldiers must be reliable, diligent and have an eye for detail.
The Royal Welsh is very proud that it can still boast about having a Drums Platoon in the Regiment, and especially when they strike up a beat at all the Wales rugby home internationals at the Principality stadium.
Physical Training Instructor
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The Infantry’s battlefield engineers are trained to create obstacles and defences, to destroy enemy obstacles and carry out demolition tasks. They are responsible for purifying water supplies and can gain qualifications in carpentry and joinery.