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.

 We talked to some parents about how they felt when their daughter told them that she wanted to become a soldier. Find out what they worried about, and how they feel now.

More info for parents and guardians

PARENTS & GUARDIANS

WHAT DOES THE ARMY DO?

Today's Army is a modern, highly-skilled force that tackles all kinds of missions, all over the world. Active in peace time as well as conflicts, we carry out humanitarian operations, help in emergencies, get involved in local communities and protect civilians in the UK and abroad.

 

WILL THEY FIT IN?

Most recruits say there’s nowhere like the Army when it comes to camaraderie and support. Right from day one, soldiers form strong bonds that help them live and work together, in camps and on the battlefield. They trust each other with their lives, which takes incredible faith and loyalty. Your child or loved one will make some amazing friends who may well become mates for life.

WHAT IF THEY WANT TO LEAVE??

Remember – the Army isn’t forever. If they decide that the Army is not right for them, they should talk to their Commanding Officer who will be able to advise them appropriately. They will need to be Discharged As Of Right (DAOR).

 

When they decide to leave, we’ll do everything we can to help them find a job in the civilian world. They’ll already have great training and qualifications that will count with employers, plus we’ll help with job hunting and writing a CV. There are also initiatives such as the Career Transition Partnership, which help ex-service men and women re-settle after a stint in the Army.

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