DAY TO DAY LIFE

You'll normally work 8.30am to about 5pm, Monday to Friday, and you'll be free to do what you like in the evenings and weekends - this is usually working on base, using your trade skills or developing new ones.

 

When you're on exercise or operations, you'll be away from your routine life. Operations can last up to 6 months, and you're usually given plenty of notice.

WHEN YOU'RE NOT WORKING

Being in the Army doesn't only give you a job it gives you a home too. From the moment you start your training, you will be given somewhere to live - you'll be living with other people on your course. Once you've left to join your regiment you'll have more options - including a family home for you and your family if you need it.

You'll have plenty of free time - most days you'll finish work and will be able to spend your evenings however you like. You'll be able to take advantage of facilities on camp, or leave the base to spend time in the local area. Most of the time, you're able to go away at the weekend too if you want - as long as you're back in time for work on Monday.

SHOWING YOUR EMOTIONS

"No one is a machine". When you sign up to join the Army, you're not expected to leave your feelings at the door. Your mates and the Army will support you through the tough times as well as the good times you'll have while you're serving.

FRIENDS AND FAMILY

We know that when you decide to join the Army, your friends and family will have loads of questions. Most importantly want to know that you'll be looked after.

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WHERE WILL YOU LIVE?

When you arrive for your training, you'll usually sleep in shared rooms with other people on your course. These will be single sex rooms. You'll eat in the cookhouse with the other recruits on your course too. When you've finished your training and head to join your regiment or unit, here you can expect to be given your own room in the barracks. You'll share a kitchen and living area, but have your own private space too. Houses are available if you have a family.

SPORTS

Sport is a big part of Army life. We know that playing sport regularly improves not only your physical fitness, but also your team work and brings a sense of camaraderie - all of which are so important to being a great soldier. You'll be encouraged to try new sports as well as developing your existing skills. There are competitions that you can take part in at different levels from a local level to the Olympic Games.

FOOD

You've probably heard the saying "an Army marches on it's stomach", well that is as true today as it was a hundred years ago. Today, you'll get to enjoy meals (or 'scoff') in the canteen with your mates, where you'll get to choose from a wide range of meals - including Halal and vegetarian.

DID YOU KNOW?

You’ll face the challenge of serving on operations, using your skills where they’re needed most. You’ll also get to take part in training exercises in places like Canada, Belize in Central America or Brunei in South East Asia.