The Infantry Training Centre Catterick ITC
ITC Catterick ITC (C) is part of the School of Infantry (SCHINF) which is an operating division of the Army Recruiting and Training Division (ARTD) with its HQ at Upavon in Wiltshire. ITC (C)’s aim is to provide trained Infantry soldiers to serve with all Regiments of the Foot Guards, Line Infantry, Parachute Regiment and the Gurkhas. SCHINF provides all individual training which make up 26% of the Army.
The ITC (C) has been open since 1 May 1995 when it took over the responsibility for Infantry training from the three Army Infantry Training Battalions then based at Catterick, Strensall and Ouston. As well as all initial training for the Infantry for both Regular and Territorial Army (TA), ITC (C) also conducts phase 3 training for the Infantry Corp of Drums, Pipes and Drums and All Arms Drill courses with the School of Ceremonial. In addition, Pre-Parachute Selection courses are run for trainee soldiers joining the Parachute Regiment and for volunteers for 16 Air Assault Brigade. The creation of ITC (C) has centralised these aspects of training on a scale not seen since National Service. Since 23 Jul 2001 HQ SCHINF has also been located at Vimy barracks. It commands ITC (C), The Infantry Battle School (Brecon), Support Weapons Wing Warminster and the School of Bagpipe Music and Highland Drumming Edinburgh.
The ITC (C) occupies both Vimy and Helles Barracks in the south quadrant of the Garrison site and adjacent to Catterick Training Area of which it is the major user. Training is also conducted at Warcop, Galloway, Kirkcudbright, Garelochhead, Otterburn, Ripon Park and Sennybridge. Halton is used for adventure training.
ITC (C) is responsible for training an annual output of some 3200 trainees. To meet its training remit, the ITC (C) is organised into two training Battalions (1 & 2 ITBs) and an Headquarters and Support Battalion (ITC HQ). 1 ITB is responsible for the conduct of the Combat Infantryman’s Course (CIC) for all Line Regiments. 2 ITB is responsible for the training of recruits to the Foot Guards, Parachute Regiment and Gurkhas. It is also responsible for the All Arms Parachute Selection Course (P Company) and the Gurkha language wing (GLW). Anzio Company is responsible for a number of short courses including Phase 2 training for all Infantry Junior entrants from the Army Foundation College at Harrogate. It is also responsible for a potential JNCO Short Course for the Army Reserve (AR) which has been running since April 1996 and has been a great success, the aim being to assess as objectively as possible whether a AR soldier has the potential to be a JNCO.
The Headquarters Battalion (ITC HQ) provides the administrative and logistic support for the whole of the ITC (C).
In total the ITC (C) is established for 849 military and 311 civilian posts. The organisation of training for the CIC is structured on an intake system. The ITC (C) is geared to receive a regular soldier intake of up to 252 every fortnight with up to an additional 168 AR Infantry soldiers every alternate fortnight. This planning yardstick is governed, principally by resources available to training. Training takes place within Divisional Companies and encourages Regimental identity from day one. This training structure applies to all companies within the ITC (C), however the Foot Guards and the Parachute Regiment complete a slightly, longer CIC and both are “stand alone” companies although the Foot Guards train with the Infantry of the Line companies for all field training as these facilities are primarily geared to training a company at a time.
The Gurkha’s complete a separate and much longer course of 37 weeks which includes English language training.
In addition to the courses mentioned above the ITC (C) also has responsibility for a range of other courses including All Arms Pre SAS Selection Infantry Skills courses to prepare non-Infantry potential students for SAS selection. It also administers tri-service trainees undergoing Parachute training at RAF Brize Norton, assists with Army Cadet Camps and “Look at Life” activities. Through the Gurkha Language Wing the ITC (C) provides English and Nepali language training for the Brigade of Gurkhas.