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).


No matter what situation you are in, you must show respect and tolerance for other people and be able to put yourself in their shoes.


The needs of the team always come before your own needs. Soldiers are part of something bigger and must commit to it.


Soldiers and officers must know what the right thing to do is and be brave enough to do it.


Soldiers must always be honest, sincere, reliable and selfless. Soldiers must be loyal to the Army and be ready to do as it asks. The country relies upon it.


The Army has to be a disciplined force, so every soldier needs to follow the rules and be responsible for themselves.


Loyalty is about supporting your team, looking after and helping them even when the going gets tough. In return, they do the same for you.


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.