Values and Standards

Group of soldiers taking a break on exercise

The Army’s Values and Standards are designed to ensure that all behaviour is lawful, appropriate and totally professional. Low standards damage the team, which could lead to failure on operations.

To hear about how the values and standards are central to everything the British Army does, watch this speech from W01 Glen Haughton (10 minutes).

COMMITMENT

Joining the Army involves making a commitment. It does take time to get used to Army life, but the Army will welcome you, train you and develop you.

If you decide the Army isn’t for you you’re free to leave. Like any job there is a notice period, which depends on how long you’ve served. Three months into your training, you decide if you want to leave or commit to stay on for four years.

It might sound like a big commitment but you get job security and time to take advantage of all that the Army can offer, like travel, qualifications, sport, a good income and friends for life.

We’ll help you uncover strengths you didn’t even know you had. You’ll soon start noticing the benefits.

Women in the Army

Everyone who joins the Army has the same challenges, rewards and opportunities. Women have access to the same jobs, pay, training and promotion as men.

Faiths in the Army

The Army will always try to help you observe the customs of your religion. All soldiers who serve while following their faith are able to balance the needs of the service and their spiritual needs.

The LGBT+ community

Everyone in the Army, no matter what their sexual orientation, has the right to be treated fairly with dignity and respect. Recognising that we are all different and using those differences to benefit the team is what the Army is all about.

Being a parent in the Army

Everyone who joins the Army has the same challenges, rewards and opportunities.

The Army supports serving parents and carers by offering flexible working opportunities and excellent maternity, paternity and shared parental leave options.