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Army Training Centre, Pirbright
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Pirbright Camp entrance
Type Training Centre
Coordinates Latitude:
Built 1875
In use 1875-Present
Ministry of Defence
The Army Training Centre (ATC) at Pirbright in Surrey provides Phase 1 military training for elements of the British Army.


In 1875, the War Office acquired 3,070 acres (12.4 km2) of Pirbright's heath which is the southern end of the north–south range of sand hills in Surrey heath, known as Chobham Ridges. It established rifle ranges, a training depot and an 'encampment' for the Brigade of Guards here.[1] Many of the current buildings date from the 1950s, with significant expansion in the 1970s. There are separate barracks in the complex: Alexander Barracks[2][3][4] is the home of the Army Training Regiment, Pirbright;[5] Elizabeth Barracks was[6] the base of 1st Battalion the Welsh Guards;[7] whilst Household Division and Parachute Regiment Centralised Courses (HDPRCC) are based at Brunswick Lines.[8]


The ATC provides Phase 1 military training for all recruits for the Army Air Corps, the Royal Regiment of Artillery, Royal Corps of Signals, the Royal Logistic Corps, the Adjutant General's Corps, the Royal Army Medical Corps, the Royal Engineers, the Royal Armoured Corps and the Intelligence Corps.[9]


The centre is currently organised as;[10]

In mediaEdit

Pirbright was the filming location for British Army Girls, a three-part television documentary first shown on Channel 4 in April 2016.[11][12]


  1. "Pirbright History". Surrey Property. Retrieved 30 March 2014. 
  2. 'Parishes: Pirbright' A History of the County of Surrey: Volume 3, ed. H E Malden, London, 1911, pp. 363-365 accessed 9 April 2015.
  3. "Plan to improve barracks accommodation for returning forces". Get Surrey. 11 March 2014. Retrieved 30 March 2014. 
  4. "Army recruit found hanged at Pirbright camp". Get Surrey. 22 September 2008. Retrieved 30 March 2014. 
  5. "Army Training Centre, Pirbright". Ministry of Defence. Retrieved 18 July 2015. 
  6. "1WG Moves to Windsor". Welsh Guards Charity. 2019-07-25. Retrieved 2019-10-19. 
  7. "Pirbright barracks rebuilt for Welsh Guards' arrival". BBC News. Retrieved 18 July 2015. 
  8. "IG Junior Non-Commissioned Officer". Archived from the original. Error: If you specify |archiveurl=, you must also specify |archivedate=. Retrieved 27 July 2015. 
  9. "ATC Pirbright". Retrieved 18 May 2017. 
  10. Basic Training, ATC Pirbright at
  11. "British Army Girls" (in en). 
  12. Wallop, Harry (3 April 2016). "The army girls proving they are prepared to kill" (in en-GB). The Telegraph. 

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