BECOME A BETTER YOU
Get real qualifications, valuable skills and friends for life – all with the chance of travelling the world.
Like sport? The Army will help you be the best you can be. Live for adventure? Try skydiving. Want to get in shape? You’ll be military fit in 14 weeks. Because whatever you want for your future, a career in the Army will help you get there.
People just like you join the Army, from all kinds of backgrounds. And, you might not know, but our Apprenticeship scheme offers over 200 jobs and trades. But whichever level you join us at, apprenticeship or not, there’ll be a place for you and your skills or interests.
You don’t need a whole load of qualifications to get in. Just a go-getting attitude and the drive to make a difference will see you travelling the world and experiencing different cultures – all while earning a decent salary. No two days will ever be the same. Whatever role you choose, you’ll pick up a host of skills that are completely transferrable to civilian life.
“I am a different person from who I was before I joined the Army. I am more organised, confident and better at expressing myself.” – Private Jean Sseninde, Driver, Royal Logistic Corps
SHOW PEOPLE WHAT YOU ARE CAPABLE OF
Did you know the Army have all sorts of roles available? From Cyber-Security Communications Specialists helping to gain vital information on the enemy’s plans, to Communication Engineers ensuring we have flawless networks. Help to keep our soldiers and their families fit and healthy by becoming a Nurse, join a band as a Musician and find yourself performing on the world’s greatest stages, or become a Mapping & Planning Specialist mapping disaster relief plans or top secret environments. You could even be a Business Administrator ensuring all your teammates are taken care of. And then of course, there are always our Infantry, Guardsman and Tank Crewman roles which will see you in the heart-of-action.
If you’re aged 17 or over, you’ll usually start your Army career with 14 weeks’ basic training at Pirbright in Surrey, before moving on to the training relevant to the role you’ve chosen.
And, if you’re aged 16 years 6 months to 17 years 5 months you can join via the junior entry route, and attend the Army Foundation College at Harrogate in Yorkshire. You can choose to start working toward your apprenticeship or if you haven’t already, you can get those Functional Skills qualifications that will help you through your Army career and everyday life. You’ll take either a 49-week course (for the infantry, Royal Armoured Corps/Household Cavalry, Royal Artillery and some Royal Logistic Corps roles) or a 23-week course for jobs with a longer period of specialist training – like the Royal Electronic and Mechanical Engineers, Royal Engineers, Royal Signals, Royal Army Medical Corps, Army Air Corps and some Royal Logistic Corps roles.
Once your training is complete, the Army will further support you to gain valuable qualifications, if you choose. These could include a CIPD or CIMA, IT qualifications, HGV licenses, Diplomas in Music subjects, medical specialities, a wide-range of Apprenticeships and that’s just the beginning. You even get the chance to take education up to Masters level.
Whatever career path you take with the Army, we'll be behind you every step of the way as you move up the ranks. Right from the start of your training, you’ll get the support and encouragement you need to make a success of your career. Work hard and you could get promoted, which will mean more responsibility and extra pay. And along the way, you'll pick up qualifications that are recognised by civilian employers.
“With qualifications and experience from the Army you are also very employable in the civilian world. I have even done qualifications in Adventurous Training such as Competent Crew in Sailing and Foundation Mountaineering.” – Corporal Charlie Seaton, Communication System Engineer, Royal Corps of Signals