Guards officer

Infantry

From peacekeeping to public events, life in the Guards is far from dull.

"I wanted to lead Guardsmen in combat - they're fit, professional and determined to succeed."

The British Army's Guards regiments are made up of fit and highly skilled infantry soldiers who carry out ceremonial duties alongside their combat role. As an officer in charge of a platoon you'll lead your soldiers on exercises and operations abroad, and take part in some of the country's best-known public events.  

KEY RESPONSIBILITIES

  • Lead 30 highly trained frontline soldiers
  • Train your platoon to operate in all types of environment
  • Deploy around the world on operations for 6 months at a time
  • Manage the careers of non-commissioned officers and Guardsmen
  • Participate in state ceremonial events such as Trooping the Colour

TRAINING FOR THE ROLE

Step 1
Once you have passed the Army Officer Selection Board, you will begin 44 weeks of training at the Royal Military Academy Sandhurst. The training cover military, practical and academic subjects. While it is mentally ad physically demanding, there is plenty of time set aside for sport and adventurous training and leave.


Step 2
Once you have completed the Commissioning Course at Sandhurst, you will go on to the 16 week Infantry Platoon Commanders Battle Course in Brecon, Wales. This will give you the tactical skills you need to command your platoon on operations.

ENTRY REQUIREMENTS

Age: 17 years 9 months - 28 years 11 months

QUALIFICATIONS: 72 UCAS points and 35 ALIS points at GCSE (including at least grade C/4 in English, Maths and a science or foreign language).

QUALIFICATIONS YOU COULD GET AFTER TRAINING

  • Commissioned Officer
  • Infantry Platoon Commander Combat Skills
  • Skill at Arms Range Management Qualification
  • Option of a range of leadership and Strategic Studies
  • Option of working towards a Masters Degree
  • Option of Adventurous Training Qualifications

RANK PROGRESSION

Learn about rank progression here.

PAY & BENEFITS

You'll earn £26,504 during your year of training at the Royal Military Academy, Sandhurst, before commissioning and becoming a Second Lieutenant, on £31,857 a year.

FROM THE FIELD

“In a Guards battalion, you are aware of the self-discipline of the Guardsmen and the experience of the Guards Non-Commissioned Officers. My job is to lead them which I have done in training, on operations and for a short period, on Trooping the Colour. The next step in my career is to train for the Guards Parachute Platoon."

HOW TO APPLY?

Once your online application has been approved, you'll have an interview with a recruiter, who will talk to you about the corps that you would like to join. You'll have the chance to learn more about your chosen corps, although you won't make your final decision until you're in training at Sandhurst.