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."
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.
- Adventurous training
- Additional training
- Transferable skills
- Six weeks' paid leave
- Free dental and medical cover
- Subsidised food and accommodation
- Free gym and sports facility