You'll start with your initial military training which will teach you how to be a soldier - this will cover everything from fieldcraft to how to handle a rifle.
You will train at either Pirbright or Winchester, this will last for 14 weeks.
Trade training happens at the Defence Animal Centre in Melton Mowbray. It’s a ten-week course that includes an induction week, a Protection Handler and Practical Training Assistant course, Field Skills phase, Veterinary First Aid package and a key skills test week.
You will finish your trade training with a Class 3 dog handler qualification.
Age : 17 years 6 months - 35 years 6 months
QUALIFICATIONS : No formal qualifications required; however desire to work outside, with animals and previous kennel or dog handling experience will be looked on favourably.
FITNESS : Lift 20kg, Carry 60m, 1.5 mile run in 14 min (14 min 30 sec for junior entry)
More information about the fitness test
QUALIFICATIONS YOU COULD GET AFTER TRAINING
Learn about rank progression here.
Earn £15,230 during training. When your Initial training is finished, and you join your unit as a Private your pay will rise to £18,859.
You’ll get paid a day rate according to your rank, starting from £37.47 in training and rising to £46.42 per day once you’re a Private.
This includes being paid for weekly drill nights. Plus, if you complete all of your annual training days, you’re entitled to a tax-
free lump sum called a bounty.More about Reserve benefits