Armoured Corps Officer

Royal Armoured Corps

Lead a highly skilled armoured vehicle troop

"You’ll need to think fast, communicate clearly, and consider your soldiers’ training and welfare. The Corps provides the Army with armoured manoeuvre specialists and vehicles, primarily Challenger 2 Tanks, AJAX armoured reconnaissance vehicles, and Jackals."

You'll lead a team of highly-trained soldiers and their vehicles – from the Challenger 2 tank to the AJAX reconnaissance vehicle. The Commissioning Course at the Royal Military Academy Sandhurst will develop your leadership and military skills, and the Troop Leaders Course will teach you everything you need to know about your role. But in the British Army, the learning never stops. We’ll make sure that you’re always well prepared for the next challenge.

KEY RESPONSIBILITIES

  • Focus on combat
  • Train on the Challenger 2 Tank, AJAX or Jackal 2
  • Become a mounted manoeuvre and combat specialist
  • Enjoy a varied role with opportunities to travel
  • Take on responsibility and have autonomy of command.

TRAINING FOR THE ROLE

Step 1
You begin with Officer training at the Royal Military Academy Sandhurst, which lasts for 44 weeks. You learn what’s expected of a British Army Officer and how to lead soldiers on and off the battlefield.


Step 2
Next, you’ll head to Bovington to complete your technical and tactical training on your Troop Leaders Course. The 6 month course will cover all aspects of vehicle driving, maintenance, gunnery, communications and tactical movement as well as developing your communication, leadership and management skills.:

ENTRY REQUIREMENTS

Age: 17 years 9 months - 28 years 11 months

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

QUALIFICATIONS YOU COULD GET AFTER TRAINING

  • The opportunity to work towards an undergraduate diploma in Leadership and Management or, for graduates, the opportunity to work towards a post-graduate diploma in Leadership and Management.

RANK PROGRESSION

Learn about rank progression here.

PAY & BENEFITS

REGULAR

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.

 

RESERVE

You’ll get paid a day rate according to your rank, starting from £65.24 once you have passed Army Officer Selection and rising to £78.41 per day once you’ve commissioned as a Second Lieutenant. This includes being paid for weekly drill nights. Plus, if you complete all of your annual training days, you’re entitled to a tax-free lump sum called a bounty.

FROM THE FIELD

“As a Troop Leader I’m responsible for the welfare and careers of 15 soldiers. On operations and during training I lead them tactically, whether that's on our Challenger 2 tanks or other vehicles such as the AJAX, Jackal 2, or when conducting foot patrols. They rely on me to plan military tasks and I rely on them to support me in achieving our goals. We work as a close-knit team and I must be able to communicate, lead and bond with them.”

TRAINING FOR THE ROLE

Step 1
Your initial training will take place at your local regiment, where you’ll learn the basics of soldiering, before heading off to the Royal Military Academy Sandhurst to complete the 3 week Reserve commissioning course.


Step 2
You’ll then go on to learn how to command either the Weapons Mounted Landover (R-WMK) or the Challenger 2 Tank as well as developing your leadership and management skills through regular training and events. We’ll give you the same annual training tests as regular officers – and the same opportunities to join in adventure training and sport. In the British Army, the learning never stops. We’ll make sure that you’re always well prepared for the next challenge.:

ENTRY REQUIREMENTS

Age: 18 years - 50 years

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

QUALIFICATIONS YOU COULD GET AFTER TRAINING

  • The opportunity to work towards an undergraduate diploma in Leadership and Management or, for graduates, the opportunity to work towards a post-graduate diploma in Leadership and Management.

RANK PROGRESSION

Learn about rank progression here.

PAY & BENEFITS

REGULAR

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.

 

RESERVE

You’ll get paid a day rate according to your rank, starting from £65.24 once you have passed Army Officer Selection and rising to £78.41 per day once you’ve commissioned as a Second Lieutenant. This includes being paid for weekly drill nights. Plus, if you complete all of your annual training days, you’re entitled to a tax-free lump sum called a bounty.

FROM THE FIELD

“I've thoroughly enjoyed my time with the Royal Yeomanry and have benefited greatly from the experience. I've made some firm friendships with like-minded people who share my sense of adventure and fun. And I've gained leadership experience and qualifications that are not available to civilians outside the Army Reserve.”

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.