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Job Name

Army officer

Job Description
Army officers command, manage and motivate teams of soldiers.

Salary Low
£27,273 Starter

Salary high:
£42,009 Experienced

Typical hours:
Variable variable

Typical Hours per Day:
evenings / weekends / bank holidays away from home

How to become an Army officer

You can get into this job through:


University

You can do a degree course before you apply for officer training although it's not essential.

Entry requirements

You'll usually need:


College

You could work towards this role by doing a relevant subject like Level 2 or 3 Diploma in Public Services. This would teach you some of the skills and knowledge you need in this career.

Entry requirements

You'll usually need:


Volunteering


You can work towards this role by starting with an intermediate apprenticeship as a HM Forces Serviceperson.

You'll need to apply directly to the army to find the best apprenticeship route for you.

Entry requirements

To do this apprenticeship, you'll need:


Volunteering


You can join the army reserve as a part-time officer to get some experience of what life is like in the regular army and to learn new skills at the same time.

You'll need to:

Direct Application


You can apply directly for officer training.

You'll need to:

You'll also usually need a minimum of:
You'll be invited to talk to someone at your local army careers centre about what you want to do. You'll then attend an assessment, which includes medical and fitness tests.

More Information



Further information

You'll find more details about careers in the army, training and how to join through Army Careers.

What it takes

Skills and knowledge

You'll need:

Restrictions and Requirements

You'll need to:


What you'll do

Day-to-day tasks

You could work in a combat role as:
You might work in medicine and healthcare as:
You could also be:

Working environment

You could work be based overseas, at a military base or in a warzone.

Your working environment may be physically and emotionally demanding and outdoors in all weathers.

You may need to wear a uniform and protective clothing.

Career path and progression

With training and experience, you could rise up through the ranks from lieutenant to captain, major, colonel and beyond.

On leaving active service, you could use your skills, qualifications and experience to go into a new career, for example in management, planning or teaching. The Officers' Association gives advice and support to officers on finding a career outside the army.

The Career Transition Partnership, Quest and Troops to Teachers also have more information on career options outside the armed forces.





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