WHAT IS THE army officer internship?

The Army Officer Internship replaces the 'Gap Year Commission'. It is the opportunity to experience the role of an Army Officer for 6 to 18-months before, during or after University.

You will receive the same world class leadership training at the Royal Military Academy Sandhurst as our Army Reserve Officers and then further training afterwards, depending on your role. You will then spend 6 to 18 months attached to a regular Army unit, in the UK and on routine duties around the world, shadowing the daily role of an Army Officer, learning to lead up to 30 troops.

You will be paid throughout and take part in sports, adventurous training and military training exercises but you will not deploy on operations.

An Officer Internship offers unique and exceptional leadership training and experience, as well as an unrivalled insight into the life of an Army Officer. Once you have completed your internship, you can elect to remain in the Army, as a Reservist or regular Army Officer, or you can choose a completely different career path.


Anyone with, or seeking, a firm place to read a first degree at a University or College, or who has graduated within the last 2 years, can apply.

You should also:
  • Be aged between 17 years 9 months and 28 years old by mid- September of the year you will start training at Sandhurst.
  • Hold or be predicted to gain 72 UCAS points (or equivalent) and have 35 ALIS points, including a C/4 or above in English language, maths and a science or foreign language.
  • Be physically fit.

You must pass the Army’s Officer Selection Board and have at least obtained a firm place to read a first degree by the time you start your internship.

Internships start in September each year.


To apply, simply register for an account and fill out the online application form. This should only take a few minutes. Once you're in the process, you'll have plenty of support from our team.

You must apply by 31 December for Internships starting the following September.

You can apply at any time for Internships starting more than a year ahead, the earlier, the better.

What happens next?

Once you've applied, you'll be interviewed by your local Officer Recruiter, and then when you're ready you'll be booked in to officer selection at Westbury.

If you have any questions or if you require assistance with your internship application then please e-mail RG-NRCGYC@mod.gov.uk or call 0345 600 80 80