Information and advice for candidates regarding COVID-19
Last updated 27/05/2020
In order to help stop the spread of COVID-19, the Army has made some temporary changes to the recruitment process. These changes are designed to help keep everyone safe. We are still recruiting and accepting new applications.
These changes won't affect everyone, but if you're worried, please do keep checking back. We will be in contact with you if you're going to be affected.
Will my application take longer due to the current situation?
You can still apply to the Army, and work your way through the early stages – there is quite a lot of information to provide, so that you should be able to get the admin sorted and out of the way by the time the physical assessment activities are restarted.
I can’t visit my GP to drop off the PHCR or chase PHCR as they are busy, will this delay my application?
Most GPs are still taking phone calls and post. Please try these methods. We do still need your PHCR as part of your application.
Now that my local Army Career Centre is closed will I still be able to contact my recruiter? Yes, even though our centres are closed, our teams are still working. You should still be able to talk to your recruiter. They will be keeping in touch with you regularly through calls and Whatsapp, so you can always get hold of them if you need them.
I’m due to attend my Army Brief, what will happen now? We are still running Army Briefs, however these are currently taking place as an online event. You’ll still get the presentation and a chance to ask questions. Your recruiter or Candidate Support Manager should be in touch shortly, if they haven’t been already, with more details.
I'm booked in for a visit to the Assessment Centre or the Army Officer Selection Board - what happens now? Your recruiter will be in touch with you as soon possible with more information about what will happen next.
When will Assessment Centre visits restart?
We are currently preparing to restart Army Assessments, and if you are waiting for a date, your Recruiter will be in touch shortly with more information.
Does the Coronavirus mean that the Assessment Centres will be different when I attend?
Yes, your Army Assessment will be slightly different, as we’ve adapted them to help ensure that we can keep everyone safe and socially distanced. You should continue to prepare for your visit, and your Recruiter will support you while you get ready. You will still need to meet the same standards, including taking the fitness test. You will be asked to avoid using public transport, where possible and drive yourself / be driven to the Assessment Centre.
I'm due to start my Army training - will this still happen? Some training start dates have now been postponed. You do still have a place waiting for you, and we'll be in touch with you as soon as we have more information. You should have received an email from us containing an official letter explaining the situation.
I need to talk to my Recruiter or Candidate Support Manager - are they working? The National Recruitment Centre is still operating, and our teams will be continuing to work to support your application.
My mock results weren’t good enough what happens if my teachers don’t give me the grades I need for the role I want? The government have announced that they are working on a fair system to award students their results. Keep an eye on the government website for more details. It is worth remembering though, that there are lots of roles available in the Army, and we will almost certainly have something for you whatever grade you get.
I'm thinking of joining from a Commonwealth country, can I still apply?
The Army is not currently accepting applications from Commonwealth candidates or inviting them to the UK for assessment during the COVID-19 restrictions.
My Leave/Visa is due to expire, what should I do?
If you are a current Army candidate are in the UK and your Leave/Visa is due to expire, please visit the government advice page.
How do I practice my fitness when I’m told to stay indoors? There are lots of different ways that you can keep your fitness together. We have put together lots of guides to staying fit at home, and don’t forget you can also use the 100% Army Fit app. Don’t forget to follow a healthy diet too.
How long will these restrictions be in place?
We don't know yet how long these measures will be in place. As soon as we have news about your event, we will let you know.
We will add more information as we have it, please check back regularly.
If you do need to contact your Recruiter or CSM, you should be able to get hold of them. If you have a general question, you can call the National Recruiting Centre on 0345 600 8080. Phone lines are likely to be busy, so try our live chat during office hours.