Gap Year Commission is the opportunity to experience a year as an Army Officer before University.

 You will receive the same world class leadership training at the Royal Military Academy Sandhurst as our Army Reserve Officers and may also complete some specialist continuation training, depending on the role you take on. You will then spend a year attached to a regular Field Army unit, in the UK and on routine duties around the world, shadowing the daily life of a Platoon or Troop Officer, learning to lead troops.

You will take part in sports, adventurous training and military training exercises but you will not deploy on operations. A Gap Year Commission offers unique and exceptional leadership training and experience, as well as an unrivalled insight into the life of an Army Officer. Once you have completed your gap year, you can elect to remain in the Army, as a Reservist or regular Army Officer, or choose a completely different career path.


To apply for the scheme, you should be about to start your final year at school, and be planning to go to university after your gap year. You should also be:

  • 18 by 15 September, of the year you will start training at Sandhurst.
  • Predicted to get 72 UCAS points (or equivalent) and have 35 ALIS points, including a C/4 or above in English language, maths and a science or foreign language). You will need to meet these standards to start training
  • Able to provide evidence of your intent to take up a place at university following the gap year
  • Physically fit


To apply, simply register for an account and fill out the online application form. This should only take a few minutes. Once you're in the process, you'll have plenty of support from our team.

The application window is open between 1 August and 31 December.

What happens next?

Once you've applied, you'll be interviewed by your local Recruiter, and then when you're ready you'll be booked in to officer selection at Westbury.

If you have any questions or if you require assistance with your gap year commission application then please e-mail RG-NRCGYC@mod.gov.uk or call 0345 600 80 80