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LeADING from the front

Army officers lead and care for their soldiers. They make sure that their teams of soldiers have the right skills and motivation to perform at their very best.

MY LIFE IN THE ARMY

- Jo, Lieutenant, Troop Commander, Royal Engineers

"The Army has been part of my life since I was a kid. I joined the cadets at 12, did the two year course at Welbeck at 16, and then went on to an Army sponsored engineering degree at Aston University. Having the support of the Army while I was at university was brilliant and already having a confirmed place at Sandhurst gave me great job security.

I really enjoyed my year at Sandhurst. It was great to learn with a platoon of like-minded people. We encouraged and pushed each other - and all got through the hard times together. Although I commissioned three years ago, I still feel like I am learning every day. My experiences to date have taught me understanding and passion are key to getting the best out of the people you work with."

Engineering officer, Jo

WHAT HAPPENS AS AN OFFICER?

You can start your Army officer career at the age of 18 - you don't need to have a degree, just good A Levels (or equivalent). If you're keen to join the Army as an officer in one of the more technical trades, but you're not yet 16, you might be interested in going to Welbeck Defence Sixth Form College (more about Welbeck).

Once you've started at Sandhurst you'll learn military skills, while building on your leadership skills as well as making friendships that will last a lifetime.

After your training, Army life will vary depending on the capbadge that you choose. You'll find yourself in a management role, with a team of soldiers working for you from the start. You'll combine your leadership skills with your subject knowledge to make sure that your team works efficiently and as well as they can.

You'll also enjoy fitness, travel and adventure as part of your Army life.

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MILITARY TRAINING

Officers are people who have ambitious goals. Whatever your background when you arrive, you'll all go on to have one thing in common - you'll all receive the best leadership and management training in the world at the Royal Military Academy Sandhurst (RMAS).

SKILLS AND QUALIFICATIONS

While you're in training at Sandhurst, you'll not only learn soldiering skills, but also how to lead and manage. Once you pass out, your development doesn't stop there. Throughout your career you will be encouraged to take part in a number of training courses and study for a wide range of civilian-recognised qualifications.

YOUR CAREER PROGRESSION

Promotion is clearly defined in the Army and as your leadership skills and professional competence grow, you can typically expect to reach the rank of Captain within three years and Major within another 5-8 years.

BENEFITS

As an officer, you'll enjoy loads of benefits, including:
  • Adventurous training
  • Additional training
  • Transferable skills
  • Six weeks' paid leave
  • Free dental and medical cover
  • Subsidised food and accommodation
  • Free gym and sports facility
  • Pension
BENEFITS OF BEING AN OFFICER

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