RMAS and BRNC to close, Officer Training to go Tri-Service.

That's more like it. Just how I remember Army accommodation. :headbang:



Joke's on the OP. I love that song.

"You know the rules,

And so do !"


Buried in all the midst of all that "One team" "Common Output" nonsense there is a single sentence that contains the only justification this current MoD ever needs;

Closure and sale of BRNC and Sandhurst will return to the Exchequer some £500M,
Just found this on the BBC, no existing thread as far as I could see in the search results.

Secretary of State for Defence, the Rt Hon Ben Wallace, MP, has outlined major changes to the way the Royal Navy, British Army and Royal Air Force trains its future officers in a major speech to senior officers of all three services. The full text of the speech is below:

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The MOD has long grappled with how to rationalise officer training; the three primary establishments at Dartmouth (Britannia Royal Naval College), Sandhurst (Royal Military Academy) and Cranwell (Royal Air Force College) have performed sterling service over their histories. However, there are wide gaps between the output of the three services, and increasing tri-service co-operation (so called “Purple”) has led to demand for a centralized, common-core syllabus. We believe that this is best delivered by a greenfield (actually brownfield) approach.

As an MOD-centre organisation, the Defence Operations Group was formed as a “Tiger Team” to analyse this and similar issues, and were tasked in 2020 to address this work strand. The key question was “could officers of all three services be produced from a common training establishment?” Extensive staff work produced a result of “yes”. Taking the positive recommendation of the Group, the next question was “where?”. Given the impending closure of RAF Halton, and the intent to train RAF airmen and women at Cranwell, that site was ruled out. BRNC is in a remote location with little to recommend it other than a somewhat nostalgic notion. RMA Sandhurst was by far the most favoured location, but its intrinsic land value far outweighs any similar nostalgic value.

The decision was therefore taken to identify a new location for a new location in which to found a truly world-class officer training facility. MOD is the largest land owner in the UK, and so there was never any question of using land other than that which was already in the Estate. Existing built estates such as RAF Cosford, Catterick Garrison and Devonport were considered, but the overall consensus was that a “new” location was preferred. A search of the MOD land bank revealed the former ROF Swynnerton as a large site with minimal current usage that could be readily redeveloped. As ROF Swynnerton, this site formerly employed up to 18,000 people, with its own railway station, thus is easily capable of the task from a location perspective. The historical connection with the military cannot be over-stated, Swynnerton proudly took its place as the largest munitions factory in the world in WW2.

The intention is therefore to concentrate officer training of all three services at the future Royal Military Academy, Swynnerton (RMAS). Land clearance is expected to take 18 months, with a 6-9 month construction period of the SLAM-type buildings, with initial occupancy expected in 2025. Closure and sale of BRNC and Sandhurst will return to the Exchequer some £500M, thus offsetting the expected construction costs of £75m and returning a handsome financial dividend. While Sandhurst and its location will offer the best return as a redevelopment site, it is hoped that BRNC may well become a hotel or other tourist attraction.

Turning to the training regime, it is recognised that the common core offers an opportunity to trim the syllabus to 16 weeks of high intensity training, with add-ons for the specific services, and branches and arms within those services. With a core of high intensity common training, and specific-to-arm training add-ons, the typical officer will be at his unit within 6 months of joining. There will be additional courses for Royal Marines, Parachute Regiment and RAF Regiment officers, which will vary in length according to ability.

We believe this new Defence Operations Group led initiative, coupled with the future Swynnerton High Intensity Training core will lead to the next generation of tri-service officer, trained from the outset together with their brothers and sisters in the parallel services, will be a war-fighting advantage. RMAS will have as its motto “Server to Lead”, reflecting the increasing role of digitisation in modern Defence, with a respectful nod to the past.

Swynnerton will once more take its place in the annals of world history as the crucible of the weapons of war as we deliver the means to train the next century of officers.


Notes to editors: Royal Ordnance Factory Swynnerton was constructed at the outset of WW2 and covers approximately 1,200 acres, comparable to Sandhurst’s training areas. Located in Staffordshire, the new Academy will have a central location. Current usage of the site is limited to being a training camp and area; it is assessed that these functions can be absorbed by other facilities, eg Nesscliffe and Leek are both approximately 30 miles.

BBC Link:

MOD will radically change officers' training
That BBC story lays bare how Defence has given up on the Army, let down the Navy and turned around and deserted the RAF.

Brotherton Lad

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Funnily enough my Sandhurst course was 17 weeks. The Army wanted graduates and there wasn’t much money. The WW2 course was 22 weeks.

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Following army recruit training with the British Army Soldier Academy.
ITC Catterick as BASA North & ATC Pirbright as BASA South.
Is the United States ahead of us or behind us, time wise? :smile:Has Roadster hit peak Friday Night ahead of the rest of us?
I was suspicious on a number of quotes in the ‘article’:
“A new build facility for c£75 Million”. Crikey, DIO couldn’t deliver new facilities at Cottesmore for 1 MWD for less than £110 Million!
“World Class facilities”. Yeah, right!


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What a load of 'dogshit'.

Quite amazed at the number of gullible people on here!

Get back to your smoker @Roadster280 !
Its a stones throw from stoke -on- Trent, which should make for an interesting night out when all three services meet up on the cobbles for a straightener, after a night on the lash.
Survival probability out of 10:-
Navy 7-8
Army 9-10
RAF ?? :p
Maccams 15/10


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That's more like it. Just how I remember Army accommodation. :headbang:

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Did an interesting course there back in the '80s. It also had a Regional Seat of Government (RSG) bunker slap bang in the middle of it and a BAOR driver training set up as a trap for the unwary!
16 weeks?? Dartmouth was 16 months when I were a lad (70s).


Did an interesting course there back in the '80s. It also had a Regional Seat of Government (RSG) bunker slap bang in the middle of it and a BAOR driver training set up as a trap for the unwary!

Funnily enough, the driver training area was the only part I could remember when reading the spoof article.
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Ah, so some minister, or senior civil servant had lunch with a property developer. Sale of assets at 500 million, to then be sold on at a couple of billion ensuring the civil servant/minister a nice future directorship and interim backhander.