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Mounted Careers in the Army

The Household Cavalry Mounted Regiment (HCMR) (men only)

The Household Cavalry is a regiment of the British army consisting of The Life Guards and The Blues and Royals. Horses are no longer used as part of operational deployment but are important parts of ceremonial occasions. The Mounted Regiment carry out mounted and some dismounted ceremonial duties on State and Royal occasions, which include the provision of a Sovereign's Escort most commonly seen at The Queen's Birthday Parade in June each year.

Responsibilities include:
• Being first and foremost a combat soldier
• Ceremonial duties
• State escort
• Horse care and riding.

Preferred qualifications/experience

In order to become a Household Cavalry Soldier, you don’t need any formal qualifications. To join as an Officer, you’ll need 240 UCAS points and 35 ALIS points at GCSE, (including a minimum grade C in English, Maths and a science or foreign language)

Relevant experience or interest in the following is ideal: combat, driving small vehicles, telecommunication, mechanics, human resources, investigation and research.

After your 26-week army basic training, you’ll take a 12-week course in riding and caring for horses, plus another four weeks’ training on maintaining riding dress and tack. Officers undertake dedicated training and the Troop Commanders Course.

You don’t need to know how to ride or care for horses before you join, but BHS Stage exams (Care and Riding) will be an advantage.

Personal specification

Individuals are expected to have a high degree of determination, stamina, be physically fit and enjoy working with animals. 

The King’s Troop

The King’s Troop Royal Horse Artillery makes up Her Majesty The Queen's ceremonial Saluting Battery. Soldiers in this unit drive a team of six horses who pull the First World War 'thirteen pounder' state saluting guns. Troop duties include the firing of Royal Salutes in Hyde Park on Royal Anniversaries and State Occasions, and providing a gun carriage and team of black horses for State and Military funerals. The Troop also cover the duties of the Queen's Life Guard (Household Cavalry) for one month a year. Six of the Troop are deployed in Afghanistan at any one time.

Responsibilities include:
• Being first and foremost a fighting soldier
• Ceremonial duties
• Horse care and riding.

Preferred qualifications/experience

In order to become a member of the King’s Troop, you don’t need any formal qualifications.
Relevant experience or interest in the following is ideal: veterinary work; leadership; personal fitness training/coaching; teaching.

After your 26-week army basic training, you’ll take a 15-week course to become a Gunner (Royal Artillery Soldier). During training, you’ll also have to pass the King’s Troop RHA’s Potential Recruits Course. Once a member of the Troop, you’ll learn to ride and drive in a Gun Team of six galloping horses and also be trained to fire Royal Salutes.

You don’t need to know how to ride or care for horses as full training will be provided, but BHS Stage exams (Care and Riding) will be an advantage.

Personal specification

Individuals are expected to have a high degree of determination, stamina, be physically fit and enjoy working with animals.

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