SOLDIER

What happens next when you apply to join the Army as a soldier

SOLDIER RECRUITMENT STEPS

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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.

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YOUR ARMY BRIEFING

Now that you've applied, you'll be given a Candidate Support Manager (CSM). You can also follow your progress online. You'll be invited to your local career centre, where you'll be given a personal development plan to follow to help you get ready for the assessment centre. You'll also learn more about the Army - and have the chance to ask questions.

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ASSESSMENT CENTRE

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


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, the assessment will include:

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

Find out what to expect at assessment

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AFTER ASSESSMENT

Once you’re through assessment there’s just some final paperwork to do before  you’re ready to begin your Initial training (Phase 1) :


  • We will check your references and run a background check.*
  • If everything looks OK we will send  you an offer of employment.
  • When you accept the offer, you'll be given your date to start your training and you will formally join (enlist) in the Army. How quickly you can start will depend on the job you've applied to do, and the grade you were given at assessment.

 

*This is 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.

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.

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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 to 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.

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ASSESSMENT CENTRE

You assessment will take 2 days and will take place in one of our Assessment Centres in the UK. We will arrange 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

If you're successful at the Assessment Centre, you'll have the chance to enlist at the end of your time there. You can choose to do this, or wait to enlist when you arrive back at your unit.


Find out more about what to expect at assessment

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AFTER ASSESSMENT

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

As a Reservist you will have the option to complete your training in smaller chunks (eg weekends) or to do it in one go. You'll also be welcome to join your new unit's drill nights before you're fully trained.

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

ABOUT ASSESSMENT

Find our what to expect when you're invited to the Army Assessment Centre.

ABOUT ASSESSMENT 

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.