Enjoy a range of exhilarating outdoor activities that will improve your physical and mental robustness
Am I eligible?
All members of the Army, including Reserves, have access to paid Adventurous Training opportunities
What’s it for?
Adventurous Training is designed to take individuals outside their comfort zone and using the Adventurous Training Leadership and Resilience programme (ALeRT) to develop leadership, resilience, coping strategies, decision making, teamwork, physical fitness and courage. With this comes an enormous sense of achievement and camaraderie through tackling challenges together and helping each other. A renewed sense of self determination makes for better soldiers and enables better lifestyle decisions
What do I get?
Adventurous Training (AT) is on duty military training and makes a vital contribution to Leadership Development and Personal Resilience training in the Army. There are ten AT activities on offer: Offshore Sailing, Sub Aqua Diving, Caving, Canoeing and Kayaking, Mountaineering, Skiing, Mountain Biking, Gliding, Parachuting and Paragliding.
The Army Adventurous Training Group trains over 12000 service personnel a year on courses held at thirteen different Adventurous Training Wings situated in England, Scotland, Wales, Germany and Cyprus. They range from Foundation level to Instructor, are free at the point of delivery and are easily booked through the Online Booking System (OBS) which can be accessed through any personal mobile device.
The Army mounts over 1200 AT expeditions every year to a very wide range of exciting countries across the world using the experience and qualifications gained on Courses. Recent expeditions have summited Everest, trekked in Nepal, skied across Antarctica, ski mountaineered on Baffin Island, climbed in South America, sailed around the world, parachuted in California and climbed, dived and skied all over Europe. In addition, another 10000 service personnel gain a Foundation qualifications whilst taking part in an expedition.
How do I get involved?
All units will have a trained Unit Adventurous Training Officer who is responsible to the Commanding Officer for the Unit Adventurous Training Plan. This plan will present opportunities for individuals to participate in Adventurous Training Expeditions and Courses. There is also enormous scope for the determined and motivated to drive their own development within Adventurous Training and seize the amazing opportunities on offer, which would be very expensive outside the Army.
Many Adventurous Training activities are mirrored as Sport in the Army and this provides a further development opportunity where individuals will receive additional support and coaching. An additional benefit is that a significant number of Adventurous Training qualifications are recognised National Governing Body awards which endure for a lifetime.
How do I apply?
All the essential information required for course applications and planning and taking part in expeditions can be found at Group: ArmyAT | Defence Connect (mod.uk)
Need more information?
visit the Army's adventurous training site
read AGAI Vol 1 Ch 11 Adventurous Training
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read AGAI Vol 1 Ch 11: Adventurous Training (defnet access only)
read JSP 419 to find out more about Adventurous Training
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Read JSP 419 on Adventurous Training in the UK Armed Forces