Regional Training Centre

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Regional Training Centres
Active 2005
Country United Kingdom
Branch Territorial Army
Role Training
Part of Regional Brigades

Regional Training Centres were created from the previously existing Specialist Training Teams to provide training for the United Kingdom Territorial Army (TA). However Regular Soldiers do attend some Specalist Training courses. They are administered as part of the local Regional Brigade in that area.[1] From mid-2012 they have been renamed Army Training Units.

They provide initial recruit training for all TA soldiers, except those joining 4 PARA, UKSF(R) units and the Honourable Artillery Company who are trained within their own units.[2][3][4] They are also responsible for training TA Officer Cadets prior their Commissioning Course at the Royal Military Academy Sandhurst (RMAS).[5]

They also continue the role of the Specialist Training Teams in providing courses to qualify TA personnel in Range Management and Marksmanship Coaching, Battlefield Casualty Drills, Defence Instructional Techniques, HAZMAT and CBRN skills.[6] These courses are attended by Regular Army personnel.

Army Training Units are located across the UK, this is important so that Territorial Army recruits attending the first stage of TA Recruit Training, the Trained Soldier Course (Alpha) which is six weekends, or TA soldiers attending wekend specalist training courses do not have to travel great distances. If all TA weekend recruit training was only run at one location some soldiers would have to travel hundreds of miles to attend and this would be impractical for weekend training. Most of the UK population is within 3 hours traveling time of one of the ATUs.


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  1. ^ "4th Division Regional Training Centre". 
  2. ^ "RECRUIT TRAINING COURSES". 4 Div RTC. "recruits will undertake recruit selection (Pt 1A) at either their unit, or, at a Recruit Selection Centre, then undertake a generic training (Pt 1B) over six weekends. Non-Infantry recruits will then be tested before going on to complete their recruits course (Pt 1C) as delivered by ATRA. Infantry recruits will not be tested at this stage, but, will continue their training over a further three weekends before undertaking CIC training" 
  3. ^ "Frequently Asked Questions". HAC. Retrieved 2 Jun 08. "The HAC runs two Recruits' courses each year, beginning in February/March and September/October. The Recruits course lasts six months and involves training each Tuesday evening, roughly one weekend a month and a ten-day final assessment." 
  4. ^ "Special Air Service (Reserve) - (SAS(R))". MoD. Retrieved 6 Jun 08. 
  5. ^ "RMAS courses". "TA Commissioning Course (TACC) The aim of the TACC is to assess the suitability of TA potential officers for commissions in the TA. The course is two weeks long and is run at the same time as the TAPC - ie, four times a year in January, May, July and September. There is normally an intake of up to 60 cadets." 
  6. ^ "4th Division Regional Training Centre".