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The Forces Ready Programme is a Full Time College Course. It incorporates a Level 1 or 2 Level Diploma in Entry into the Uniformed Sevices and an extensive fitness programme designed to get you to the level of fitness required to get into the Armed Forces.  We also undertake Leadership Training within the course to give you a head start when you join the Services.  Other colleges do not offer such training.

This is a very active programme which lasts about a year. There are NO EXAMS to worry about as your work is assessed as we move through the course.

We run a rolling programme so you can join at any time and offer an extensive enrichment programme which is not available at any other college. This includes:

  • Planning and conducting a military style ‘Hostage Rescue’ exercise.
  • Sport, fitness and physical training every day to ensure you pass your Forces Fitness Test first time.
  • Make camp in a forest area, cook on a camp fire and engage with the ’enemy’.
  • Visits around HM Warships
  • Trips to Military Bases and shows
  • Outdoor challenges against other colleges
  • Briefing by Army Infantry soldiers
  • Briefing by serving Royal Marine Commandos
  • Presentation by RAF Recruiting Team
  • Fitness training taken by Royal Navy Physical Training Instructors
  • Briefings by Royal Military Police, Royal Navy Police and Special Investigations Branch
  • Practical demonstrations by Royal Navy Police including fingerprinting, self defence. handcuffing
  • Demonstration and briefing by RAF Police Dog handler (briefing by handler – not dog!)
  • Tour Scenes of Crime Unit with an in depth briefing by qualified CSI
  • Briefing and demonstration by Royal Navy Clearance Divers
  • Visit to Close Protection Unit with in depth briefing by qualified Close Protection Officer
  • Briefing by a qualified sniper with demonstration of camouflage techniques. (You won’t see him at first, even though he will be less than 20 yards away!)
  • Fund raising for good causes such as Help for Heroes
  • Mock Army, Navy, Air Force interviews with serving Armed Forces Careers Advisors
  • Being guests at Military Passing Out Parades
  • Visit to Territorial Army (TA) Centre with briefings about how to join the TA
  • Briefing by a qualified Bomb Disposal Expert with demonstration of bomb disposal techniques. (Find out how difficult and scary this is!)

There is of course classroom work to be done to ensure that you get your qualifications, but we try our very best to ensure that this is kept only to what you need.

What will you achieve?
If you sign up for the ‘Forces Ready’ programme and work hard, show the right attitude and commitment, you can expect to achieve the following:

  • A Level 1 or Level 2 Diploma in Entry into the Uniformed Services. Both if you stay for 2 years
  • An Emergency First Aid at Work Qualification
  • A Military Leadership Award
  • A superb fitness level which is designed to enable you to pass your Army, Navy or Air Force Fitness Test at the first attempt
  • A formal appraisal from Military Mentors to the Armed Forces Careers Office or your prospective employer.

The course is designed to get you into the Armed Forces and prepare you for what to expect when you get in. You will get out of the programme what you put in. You will make new friends and develop new skills on the way.  By the time you leave people will notice the difference in you. It’s all good for those who want it enough. Do you?

“I was on a course at college that I wasn't really suited for and didn't enjoy so I moved to the Military Mentors Forces Ready course. It really is good. No two days are the same, my fitness is the best its ever been and the Staff focus on getting you properly prepared to get into the Forces. I'm so glad I joined.”

WillFormer Forces Ready student


School Awaydays / Placements and Alternative Provision

Should you feel that a student would benefit from full days with Military Mentors, we also can offer an ‘Awayday’ service at the Military Mentors Training Academy in Gosport.

If you think that any of your learners might benefit from this we would be happy to discuss details and arrangements.

As with the Schools Outreach programme, the first session is free of charge to ensure you are happy with the arrangement. Termly / periodic written progress reports on each individual learner can be requested at no extra cost. To find more detains please see our Day Students page.


Schools Outreach Programme

Military Mentors understand that sometimes a change can be just what is needed to re-focus some learners.  We offer a Schools Outreach programme which provides visits to your location by our staff to conduct a variety of team or confidence building exercises. Learners can also undertake certain qualifications by arrangement. These sessions are fun, stimulating and energetic. Our goal is to put smiles on faces whilst achieving the aim.

Nobody wants to pay for something which they later find out they don’t really want, so we offer the first session free of charge.  Thereafter, should you wish to participate again, one-off or more regular sessions can be planned. Periodic / termly written progress reports on each learner can be provided free of charge if requested.


Military Mentors also offer:

  • Emergency First Aid At Work Training
  • Paediatric First Aid Training
  • Defibrillator Training
  • First Aid Refresher Training
  • Fire Awareness and Fire Safety Warden Training
  • Food Safety Training
  • Manual Handling Training

All the above services are conducted by qualified ex-service personnel.

Our prices are very competitive, eg:

Emergency First Aid At Work Course with St Johns, £152 per person.

Exactly the same course with Military Mentors, £75 plus vat.

Training can be at our Gosport Academy, or if you prefer, we can come to you.

We cater for a variety of clients / local businesses from many different backgrounds. These include: Bay House School, Compass Catering, HMS Collingwood, The Defence Police College, Henry Cort School, Bedenham School, Fareham Academy, Lee On Solent Dentists, Fareham Council, Catch 22, Bridgemary School, Pure Gym, The Wheatsheaf Trust, and many more.

We also cater for individuals who want to re-qualify or just keep their hand in, and parents and grandparents keen to know what to do in an emergency situation .

Our venue offers plenty of free parking with complimentary tea and coffee throughout the day.