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Whether it’s commanding a platoon of 30 soldiers on operations or organizing an adventurous training expedition in Arizona, life for an Officer in the British Army is far from routine. You’ll be taught how to handle the most demanding of situations, to communicate effectively and gain the trust of the soldiers under your command. We’ll help you develop your ability to lead by example and to act with integrity in all situations – an approach that will make you stand out from the crowd.
Life as an Army Officer combines great prospects with challenge and adventure. You’ll train at Royal Military Academy Sandhurst to develop your leadership, management and problem solving skills. Once commissioned, you’ll command around 30 soldiers, travel the world and take part in various sports and adventurous training.
You’ll also receive a starting salary of £30,314 after initial Officer tranining, 30 days’ leave plus bank holidays and a competitive pension as well as free health and dental care. If you fancy the lifestyle, but already have a day job, then you could join part time as an Officer in the Army Reserve.
- Name: Captain Lucy Mason
- Role: Platoon Commander, RMAS
- University: University of Leeds
- Degree: Zoology
I was attracted to the Army because of the adventure, challenge, sport and camaraderie.
I am a very keen alpine skier and have been very fortunate to have captained teams from both 12 RA and 1 RHA for 6-7 weeks during 5 winter seasons in the French Alpes. My other passion is sky diving and as well as doing advanced courses in the UK I have deployed to both Germany and Cyprus to train.
The Army is a great place to develop leadership, managerial and accounting skills at all levels through managing soldier’s careers and organising training and sport.
Training & Profiles
Whether you have studied Engineering or Education, IT & Comms or International Relations, there are roles for everyone as an Army Officer. Primarily you will be trained as a leader and manager within an Army environment, the opportunities to then expand your specialism are endless. With roles in HR, Communications, Engineering, Law, Medicine, Veterinary, Teaching, Languages and IT, the British Army is one of the UKs most diverse graduate employers.
The Army are extremely supportive when it comes to self-improvement. You’ll be able to take part in any number of training courses throughout your career. And while most will be related to your role, you can study for a wide range of civilian-recognised qualifications to prepare you for another role within the Army or, should you decide to leave, for life as a civilian.
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- What happens at Officer selection?
- You will be invited to attend a two day Army Officer Selection Board briefing, where your leadership and teamwork skills will be tested. This will help you prepare for the Selection Board, which is a three-day assessment of both your physical and mental suitability for the role.
- How long is Officer training?
- The course takes place at the Royal Military Academy Sandhurst and lasts 44 weeks for Regular officers, or three weeks for Reservists. People with certain experience or qualifications may be eligible for the fast-track Professionally Qualified Officers’ (PQO) course, which lasts ten weeks. After this initial training, you will go on a second course to learn specific skills related to your first appointment. The length of this course varies depending on the type of role you will be doing.
- How much will I earn as an Officer?
- You’ll earn a salary of £25,220 while you train. This rises to £30,314 when you are commissioned as a Second Lieutenant. If you’re still serving in the Army after five years you could be earning at least £38,847 as a Captain.
- Can I get financial help while I study?
- If you’re studying for a medical qualification, you can apply for our Undergraduate Cadetship, which gives future doctors, nurses and dentists who pass officer selection the chance to earn money while studying for a degree. There is also an undergraduate bursary scheme, worth up to £8,000 available to students who plan to join as an officer. You'll be expected to join an OTC whilst at university and serve as a Regular officer for at least three years after commissioning.
- How can I get involved with the Army while I’m at university?
- University Officer Training Corps (UOTCs) introduce students to the Army and develop life skills – such as leadership and teamwork – through exercises, adventurous training and community projects. It’s about having fun, making friends and discovering just what you are capable of. You get paid for the days you train, and there is no requirement to join the Army when you graduate. You could also serve with the Army Reserve while you are at university – you’ll train in the evenings and at the weekends, and get paid for the time you spend with them.
- How many soldiers will I be in charge of?
- For the first couple of years as a junior officer you will be in charge of around 30 soldiers. On rising to Captain, you could find yourself helping to command a unit of around 120 soldiers. Alternatively, you could move on to command fewer soldiers in a more specialised team.