You'll normally work 8.30am to about 5pm, Monday to Friday.

If you're a soldier, you'll usually be working on your base, using your trade skills or developing new ones. Officers will usually spend this time in an office, workshop or medical centre on base.

When you're on exercise or operations, you'll be away from your routine life. Operations can last up to 6 months, and you're usually given plenty of notice.

ask a soldier

How often do you see your friends and family from home?

Can you maintain a work life balance?

Do you travel a lot within your job role?

There are many things that a serving soldier can tell you about life in the Army. We now have a forum where you can read the answers to questions like these, or ask your own. One of our team of volunteer officers and soldiers will be able to give you more information about what life is really like in the Army.


Types of roles

All jobs in the Army fall into one of the following areas:

  • Combat
  • Engineering
  • HR
  • Finance & Support
  • Intelligence
  • Communications & IT
  • Medical
  • Logistics & Support
  • Music

Your Career

Whether you join as a soldier or an officer, you'll have the opportunity to earn promotions throughout your career.

Typically, a soldier will rising to Lance Corporal after around 3 years, and Corporal after 5 years.

An officer can expect to reach the rank of Captain within around three years and Major within another 5-8 years.

Your Benefits

Soldiers and officers enjoy a range of benefits, including travel and adventurous training, access to additional training and developing transferable skills.

Not only that, but you'll also get six weeks' paid leave, free dental and medical cover, subsidised food and accommodation, free gyms and sports facilities, and automatic entry into a pension scheme.

where will you live?


Being in the Army doesn't only give you a job it gives you a home too. From the moment you start your training, you will be given somewhere to live - you'll be living with other people on your course. Once you've left to join your regiment you'll have more options - including a family home for you, your partner and children if you need it.

You'll have plenty of free time - most days you'll finish work and will be able to spend your evenings however you like. You'll be able to take advantage of facilities on camp, or leave the base to spend time in the local area. Most of the time, you're able to go away at the weekend too if you want - as long as you're back in time for work on Monday.

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