What does the Army's future role and size means for those wishing to join?
the army continues to recruit now and always.
YOUR QUESTIONS ANSWERED
The Integrated Review has set the British Army on a course for radical transformation. Under 'Future Soldier' we will become a modern, world-class Army that is more agile, more integrated and more expeditionary - ready for the next challenge, not the last.
Q1. How will the 'Future Soldier' affect me joining the Army? The Army is recruiting in large numbers despite reducing its size by 10,000. We continue to recruit the diverse talent that is required to maintain a competitive advantage now and in the future. Applications, new and current, will continue as normal and training places are still available.
Q2. I have heard about the Ranger Brigades, can I join this unit directly after training? No, you will not be able to join a Ranger unit when you join the Army. The Ranger units will require soldiers who have already gained experience in the Army. Once you are trained and have a level of experience you will be able to apply to serve with one of the specialist Ranger units.
Q3. If cyber and Artificial Intelligence (AI) is going to be used more in the Army, does this mean that you will need less people? The Army will be smaller, but we will continue to recruit. The Army will be reorganised and equipped as a high-tech force fit for threats of the future, not battles of the past. What we can say with certainty is that this is an exciting time to join this leaner, lighter and faster force.
Q4. With the aim to broaden worldwide engagement – will there be more chances to travel? The Army will be designed to operate globally on a persistent basis, exploiting Defence's global network to compete against our adversaries, tackling threats at source and reassuring our Allies. This will bring with it, increased opportunities for travel.
The Army is already working around the world to protect the UK, such as deploying to Estonia as part of Operation CABRIT and supporting UN operations in Mali and Cyprus.
Q5. There is talk of the use of tanks being cut, what will this mean for armoured corps regiments if I was planning to join one? There will still be exciting opportunities to serve in an armoured regiment as part of the two Heavy Brigade Combat Teams who will both have armoured units operating Challenger 3, as well as armoured reconnaissance units operating in Ajax.
Q6. Is the reduction in the size of the Army starting now? The reductions in numbers will be spread over the next few years. Opportunities will always be available to join the Army across all entry streams.
Q7. Will the Army Reserve be affected? There are no reductions in the overall size of the Army Reserve. The Army will continue to recruit both soldier and officer entry to the Army Reserve.
There will be changes to the Army Reserve that will be published in May 21.
The headlines are that the Army Reserve will take the lead on many national resilience tasks and every reservist will be given a war-time role as well in a move to more fully integrate the Army Reserve into the Whole Force.
Q8. Will Harrogate be closed to Junior Soldier entry? There are no plans to close the Army Foundation College in Harrogate.
Q9. Is the Army aiming to promote more IT roles? The Army will continue to recruit great people but there will be a need for a broader range of technical skills, including digital and cyber experts. Once in the Army, there will be many opportunities for education and professional upskilling to give the Army the 'intellectual edge' it needs.
Q10. Will the Army cuts affect pay? There is due to be a review of how the Army pays and rewards military personnel. This will be a cost neutral review that will look at pay and allowances. It will not be looking to cut pay.
Q11. Will I get to a unit and then be at risk of being made redundant? No, there are no plans to use redundancies to manage the reduction in the regular strength of the Army.
Q12. Will 'Future Soldier' delay my application? The Army continues to recruit and progress candidates through the pipeline to basic training. In the short term there will be some reduction in the number of recruits starting basic training, so there is a chance that you might need to wait a little longer. Your candidate support manager will be able to give you a better understanding of your individual recruitment plan and when you should expect to join basic training.
Q13. Will entry standards change? The Army will continue to recruit great people but there will be a need for a broader range of skills, including digital and cyber experts. To meet this demand the Army will transform the way it identifies talent and trains its people. Selection criteria are always subject to review but there are no immediate plans for changes.
Q14. Will they still accept me if I don't have qualifications? The Army will continue to recruit a diverse workforce. We know there will be a need for a broader range of skills, including digital and cyber experts, but there will continue to be roles that do not require a high level of technical expertise. Once in there will be many opportunities for education and professional upskilling – investing in our people to give the Army the 'intellectual edge' it needs.
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.