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The ArmyBritish Army Officer
Become a British Army Officer
Be the one others turn to. Be responsible. Be trusted with the safety of the nation. Become a British Army Officer, and you’ll be doing something that really matters. Leading a team. Making a difference to the world.
Location: Royal Military Academy Sandhurst
What you will be doing
You don’t need a degree for many Officer roles, and specific entry requirements vary from role to role. What we look for in our Officer Cadets is leadership potential, a sense of purpose and the drive to do great things. With these qualities in place, we can give you the training you need to take your skills and abilities and shape them into something amazing, whether you’re fresh out of school, are professionally qualified or already building a career.
From the moment you join the Army, you’ll be set on a clear path for promotion and progression, receiving all the support and opportunities you need to rise through our ranks and realise your potential.
Find where you belong
Your Army career starts at the Royal Military Academy Sandhurst. You’ll learn the skills you need to become an Officer – from weapons handling to outdoor survival – to what it takes to lead your team in a range of hostile situations, anywhere in the world.
Once you’ve commissioned, you’ll take charge of 30 soldiers. Then, you’ll begin the specialist training you need to be an expert in your chosen field, whether that’s engineering, intelligence gathering, or piloting an Apache helicopter. You’ll also take part in Adventurous Training around the world, from skiing in the Alps to white-water rafting in Colorado. All while you’re earning a starting salary of around £33,000 (after training).
You’ll also enjoy a fantastic range of benefits that come with Army life, from sports and state-of-the-art training facilities, to earning valuable professional qualifications.
University isn’t for everyone and most Officer roles don’t require a degree. If you’ve got drive, determination and the will to make an impact, there’s a place for you here.
If you’re still interested in completing a degree, you’ve the opportunity to enrol on a funded BSc Leadership and Strategic Studies at the University of Reading through the Henley Business School. Your 44 weeks at the Royal Military Academy Sandhurst will contribute towards a third of your degree, which you can then complete over the next three to six years.
What you will receive
Become a British Army Officer and you’ll receive:
• A starting salary of around £27,200 which will rise to around £33,000 upon completion of one year's training.
• Subsidised accommodation and facilities, increasing your disposable income.
• Free medical and dental health cover.
• Opportunities to continually progress your career.
• Sponsorship to study for valuable civilian-recognised qualifications.
• Adventurous Training, and the chance to play your favourite sports or take up a new one.
Find where you belong.
Learn more about The Army
We are the Army
The British Army protects the United Kingdom’s interests at home and abroad, providing a safe and secure environment in which all British citizens can live and prosper.
What we do
Protecting the nation and its dependent territories will always be our first role. Highly trained soldiers are ready to deploy anywhere at any time to meet a variety of challenges. Ranging from support to the Police following a terrorist attack, to specialist capabilities such as bomb disposal and intelligence experts, 24 hours a day 365 days a year, we are always ready to serve.
The British Army is your Army: in an uncertain world it is ever vigilant, always ready and steadfast in its commitment to the defence of the United Kingdom and its citizens.
Joining the Army involves making a commitment. It does take time to get used to Army life, but the Army will welcome you, train you and develop you.
It might sound like a big commitment but you get job security and time to take advantage of all that the Army can offer, like travel, qualifications, sport, a good income and friends for life.
We’ll help you uncover strengths you didn’t even know you had. You’ll soon start noticing the benefits.
Who we are
The Army is distinct from the RAF and Royal Navy in that our tasks are always delivered directly by soldiers through human interaction. They are our greatest asset. We are an inspirational employer who embraces diversity, inclusivity and contributes to society in everything we do. We are leaders in leadership with skills for life and the opportunity for all.
We have to make life-critical decisions and take purposeful action in sometimes hostile, confusing and unclear situations that occasionally test us to the limit of human endurance. Our training, development and preparation is personally rewarding but also ensures we are united by common values and strong bonds and will do the right thing, even under the most difficult circumstances.