OFFICER

What happens next when you apply to join the Army as an officer.

OFFICER RECRUITMENT STEPS

1

APPLY ONLINE

Once you've registered your interest to join, you will be asked for details including your nationality and age. This will tell you what type of role you can apply for (or if you can't join). You'll then need to apply online, which will get you started on your Army journey.

2

INTERVIEW

Then you'll be invited for an interview with your local recruiter. This gives us a chance to get to know you and to see if you'd get on well in the Army, and for you to ask us questions.


You'll also be given advice on getting ready for the next stage - the Army Officer Selection Board (AOSB).

 

3

ARMY OFFICER SELECTION BOARD (AOSB)

Your assessment takes place in two parts: AOSB Briefing and AOSB Main Board, both take place in Westbury, Wiltshire.


AOSB Briefing


Once your Candidate Support Manager thinks that you're ready, you'll be sent to the 24 hour briefing. You'll be assessed on physical and practical exercises and learn how to prepare for Main Board.


Main Board


This is your chance to put the skills you learnt at the Briefing in to practice. The Main Board will last for 3 1/2 days. You'll need to be physically and mentally fit to pass, and show yourself to the best of your abilities.

 

More about the Army Officer Selection board

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AFTER ASSESSMENT

Once you've passed, you'll be given an offer of employment for you to take your place at Sandhurst. We'll still need to run some background checks on you, but these are nothing to worry about.*


Once you've accepted, you'll need to go on a pre-commissioning course before you can start, where you'll learn more about the course, have a medical and be given some of your uniform. Once this course is finished, you're ready to start your 44 week course at Sandhurst in Surrey.

 

*We work with the following agencies for this information: Disclosure and Barring Service; Disclosure Scotland; Access Northern Ireland and National Security Vetting.

1

APPLY ONLINE

Once you've registered your interest to join, you will be asked for details including your nationality and age. This will tell you what type of role you can apply for (or if you can't join). You'll then need to apply online, which will get you started on your Army journey.

2

MEET YOUR UNIT

Now that you've applied, you'll be given a Candidate Support Manager. You can also follow your progress online. You'll be invited meet your chosen unit and find out more, while giving the team a chance to see if you are a good fit. The team will tell you about the different roles that are available. During your meeting the team will help you plan what you need to do to go on to the next stage.

3

ASSESSMENT CENTRE

You assessment will take 2 days and will take place in one of our Assessment Centres in the UK. We will pay for your travel to get there.


This is your chance to see whether the Army is right for you, and for us to see whether you're suitable to join. During your stay, you'll be assessed on the following:

  • A full medical examination
  • Physical and mental tests
  • Team exercises to see how you work with other people
  • An interview

Find out more

4

ARMY OFFICER SELECTION BOARD (AOSB)

Next, you'll be invited to Westbury for the AOSB Briefing - a 24 hour session to assess your officer potential, and to teach you the skills you'll need to pass the Main Board.

Pass the Briefing, and you'll be asked back to Westbury for the Main Board, where you'll be tested mentally and physically over 3 1/2 days.

Once you've passed AOSB, you're ready to start your training. We'll still need to run some background checks on you, but these are nothing to worry about.*

 

*We work with the following agencies for this information: Disclosure and Barring Service; Disclosure Scotland; Access Northern Ireland and National Security Vetting.

ABOUT SELECTION

Find out more about what happens when you go to Westbury for officer briefing and selection.

 

ABOUT SELECTION

STAY IN TOUCH

You can call in to your local careers centre at any time to chat with the team there - they're happy to answer any questions you or your family might have.