The British Army is the branch of the British Armed Forces tasked with defending the UK from external threats, providing support during humanitarian and peacekeeping operations abroad, training and developing its soldiers and officers, aiding civil authorities during times of national emergency, and collaborating with international partners to ensure national and global security. The Army has a presence in numerous locations in the UK and worldwide, including Aldershot, Catterick, Salisbury Plain, Edinburgh, Germany, Cyprus, Kenya, Brunei, and the Falkland Islands.
With over 70 roles available across seven distinct career streams, the British Army offers a diverse range of career paths. Whether you are interested in combat, engineering, logistics and support, medical, HR and finance, IT and communications, or music, there is a job for you.
For instance, Cyber Engineer offers a dynamic and innovative working environment with a focus on cutting-edge communications equipment. An Infantry Soldier suits those who prefer to be in the midst of the action, whilst a Chef is an ideal role for individuals who enjoy cooking enjoy cooking in a variety of places from a small intimate group to a large exercise with hundreds of people.
Regular soldiers - work, live and socialise with their work mates. They are more than soldiers; they are also skilled tradespeople. If you are 16 or 17 you'll train first at AFC Harrogate as a Junior Soldier. You will learn all the skills you need, from map reading to how to handle a weapon. Once you have finished the course at Harrogate, you'll be old enough, trained and ready to join your unit, as a soldier in the Regular Army. If you’re 18 or over, you’ll start your Army career with initial training – where you’ll learn the basics of soldiering. The training centre you go to will depend on the Corps that you’re joining.
Regular Officers are full time, who usually live and work on military bases. After completing your training at the Royal Military Academy Sandhurst, you'll be leading from the front and caring for your soldiers. You don’t need to have a degree to become an Army Officer – just good A levels, or equivalent. However, if you have your heart set on university then the Army offers
Rich, Age 26, HR Specialist - Business Administrator Level 3
"What I love about being an HR Specialist is that we work with all the different party of the Army - no post will be the same. You still do the soldier stuff, shooting, marching etc, but you also get to be an office professional, with qualifications valued by businesses."
Nicola, Age 25, Electronics Technician - Engineering Manufacturer Level 3
"I love the challenge I get in my job every day. At college, I studies make up artistry, then got a job in customer services. I liked working with people but didn't feel settled. I hated being stationary all day: doing the same thing over and over, so I decided to join the Army."
The Army will train you and help you develop - both personally and professionally. You will unlock your potential and become the best version of yourself. It will enable you to learn new skills, develop friendships and enjoy a career which is purpose led, where you can be promoted on talent and ability.
Develop confidence, travel the world, and enjoy sport and fitness in a career full of variety and opportunities, with the support of your team.
We believe in diversity, equality, and inclusion - whatever your background, race, gender, or religion. We have pride in the diversity we offer and believe everyone has the right to be treated fairly.
That's what belonging means. It means whoever you are, wherever you're from and whatever defines you - you can expect respect, resources, and opportunities to progress to your full potential.
“With over 70 different job roles, excellent training and support, and a commitment to personal and professional development, a career in the Army can be fulfilling, rewarding, and life-changing."