About Army

This is belonging

Everyone wants to belong to something. A football team, a family, a close-knit group of friends. The sense of belonging you find in the Army is next level. When you’ve trained together, side by side, learned things no classroom can teach you. When you’ve fought with each other, for each other, it creates a bond like no other. A bond that lasts a lifetime. And sees you through whatever life throws at you on and off the battlefield.

The Army is full of people just like you, from all kinds of backgrounds, with all kinds of interests. All striving to be a part of something bigger and to achieve greater things than they could have ever imagined.

Like sport? Join an Army team. Live for adventure? Try skydiving. Want to learn a new skill? We’ve got hundreds to teach you.

You don’t need a whole load of qualifications to get in. Just a go-getting attitude and the drive to make a difference as part of the strongest team in the world. This will see you travelling the world and experiencing different cultures – all while earning a decent salary. No two days will ever be the same. Whatever role you choose, you’ll pick up a host of skills that are completely transferrable to civilian life.

A place where you’ll fit in

The Army needs all kinds of people to work effectively. From Cyber-Security Communications Specialists helping to gain vital information on the enemy’s plans, to Communication Engineers ensuring we have flawless networks. Help to keep our soldiers and their families fit and healthy by becoming a Nurse, join a band as a Musician and find yourself performing on the world’s greatest stages, or become a Mapping & Planning Specialist mapping disaster relief plans or top secret environments. And then of course, there are always our Infantry, Guardsman and Tank Crewman roles which will see you in the heart of the action, and a member of some of the oldest and most famous military units in the world.

We’ll help you find a role that matches your skills and interests, train you in it, and get you the ongoing development you need.


If you’re aged 17 or over, you’ll usually start your Army career with 14 weeks’ basic training at Pirbright in Surrey, before moving on to the training relevant to the role you’ve chosen.
And, if you’re aged 16 years 6 months to 17 years 5 months you can join via the Junior Entry route, and attend the Army Foundation College at Harrogate in Yorkshire. You can choose to start working toward your apprenticeship or if you haven’t already, you can get those Functional Skills qualifications that will help you through your Army career and everyday life. You’ll take either a 49-week course (for the infantry, Royal Armoured Corps/Household Cavalry, Royal Artillery and some Royal Logistic Corps roles) or a 23-week course for jobs with a longer period of specialist training – like the Royal Electronic and Mechanical Engineers, Royal Engineers, Royal Signals, Royal Army Medical Corps, Army Air Corps and some Royal Logistic Corps roles.

Military training isn’t easy for anyone. But you’ll be surrounded by people in the same situation, and you’ll be guided every step of the way by experienced senior soldiers who want to help you succeed. Once your training is complete, the Army will further support you to gain valuable qualifications, if you choose. These could include a CIPD or CIMA, IT qualifications, HGV licenses, diplomas in music, medical specialities, and a wide-range of Apprenticeships. You could even get the chance to take your education up to Masters level.

Whatever career path you take with the Army, we’ll be behind you every step of the wa. Work hard and you could get promoted, which will mean more responsibility and extra pay. And along the way, you'll pick up qualifications that are recognised by civilian employers.

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