OPPORTUNITIES IN THE ARMY

We asked a group of serving soldiers and officers about their time in the Army - and about the opportunities that they've had that their civilian friends haven't had the chance to enjoy - and certainly not as part of their day jobs...

BENEFITS INCLUDE:

ADVENTUROUS TRAINING

There are very few pursuits that the Army doesn't do, and most give you extra opportunities to travel to new and interesting places around the world. More about Adventurous Training.

HEALTHCARE

You'll receive free medical and dental care. Usually you'll be treated by the Army medical team, but if needed you'll be referred for private treatment.

PAID LEAVE

You'll get 30 days of annual leave, plus bank holidays. If you've been on operations, you'll get extra time off on your return too.

PENSION

The Army will pay all of the contributions towards your pension. If you serve for more than 18 years, you'll also qualify for a tax-free lump sum from the age of 40.

SKILLS FOR LIFE

You'll be given plenty of additional training to help you develop in your job - but also skills that you can transfer to a civilian career if you choose to leave.

FACILITIES

Not only will you enjoy subsidised food and lodgings in the Army, but you'll also have free access to gym and sports facilities.

ABOUT ARMY PAY

Each rank has a pay band - so you'll be rewarded with rises as you progress.

 

Army officer pay is in line with other graduate jobs. Some Army jobs pay higher than the standard rate of pay. These are typically specialist roles, for example doctors, dentists or lawyers.

HOW MUCH WILL I EARN?

The current rates for officers just starting out in each of these ranks are: 

Officer cadets (at Sandhurst): £26,504 per annum

2nd Lieutenant: £31,857 per annum

Lieutenant: £32,975 per annum

Captain: £40,826 per annum

Major: £51,425 per annum

OTHER BENEFITS

On top of the many financial benefits and opportunities that you'll receive, you'll get to enhance and develop your professional qualifications, giving you transferrable skills that are recognised and respected by civilian employers.

DID YOU KNOW?

There's no better place to experience a sense of cameraderie than in the Army. The friends that you make at Sandhurst will stay with you for life.