my child wants to join the army
To many parents, hearing that your child wants to join the Army is an emotional and daunting prospect.
We spoke to several parents of new recruits, to ask them about what they had worried about, including concerns about equal treatment. We chat about their experiences while their child was joining and training, and how their children had got on.
PARENTS & GUARDIANS
WHAT DOES THE ARMY DO?
Today's Army is a modern, highly-skilled force that tackles all kinds of missions, all over the world. Active in peace time as well as conflicts, we carry out humanitarian operations, help in emergencies, get involved in local communities and protect civilians in the UK and abroad.
WILL THEY FIT IN?
Most recruits say there’s nowhere like the Army when it comes to camaraderie and support. Right from day one, soldiers form strong bonds that help them live and work together, in camps and on the battlefield. They trust each other with their lives, which takes incredible faith and loyalty. Your child or loved one will make some amazing friends who may well become mates for life.
WHAT IF THEY WANT TO LEAVE??
Remember – the Army isn’t forever. If they decide that the Army is not right for them, they should talk to their Commanding Officer who will be able to advise them appropriately. They will need to be Discharged As Of Right (DAOR).
When they decide to leave, we’ll do everything we can to help them find a job in the civilian world. They’ll already have great training and qualifications that will count with employers, plus we’ll help with job hunting and writing a CV. There are also initiatives such as the Career Transition Partnership, which help ex-service men and women re-settle after a stint in the Army.