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					your guide to becoming an officer in the territorial army

                                                            army officer
                                                            skills for business, leadership for life
                                                                                                                                              opportunity        “ the army
                                                                                                                                              “the training       makes it
                                                                                                                                               gave me a          easy to
                                                                                                                                               chance to          get fit and
                                                                                                                                               learn more         to try new
                                                                                                                                               about myself       activities”
skills for business,                                                                                                                           and to test
                                                                                                                                               my limits”
                                                                                                                                                                 carl pates
                                                                                                                                                                 page 27

leadership for life                                                                                                                           nicola hemsworth
                                                                                                                                              page 32
Are you looking for something extra? Maybe you want a new
challenge, a way to improve your fitness or an opportunity
to test and develop your leadership skills. You can get all of
these things by joining the Army as a Territorial officer.
Territorial units make up a quarter of the Army’s strength.
Unlike the Regulars, Territorials train in their spare time so
they can combine military life with their existing careers.
As an officer your training takes the form of an extensive
leadership and management programme to prepare you for
the responsibilities of leading soldiers. It is accredited by
the Chartered Management Institute and conducted by staff                       “ iwas looking
                                                                                 for a way
from the Royal Military Academy Sandhurst.                                       to develop
Whatever you do in civilian life, becoming a Territorial officer                 my skills as
is a great way to expand your horizons. You get paid for your                    a leader”
time and gain skills that are valued in business and in life.                    keith cahill
                                                                                 page 14                                  people
                                                                                  qualify as a leader                    “ the best part
                                                                                 AllTerritorialofficers                of being an
contents                                                                         gaintheChartered                      officer is
                                                                                 ManagementInstitute’s                  working with
people 4–9                          fitness 22–27                                Level5Certificatein                  the soldiers”                                         challenge
06 How to become a TA officer      24 How military training can
06 Face to face with TA officers       boost your fitness                       Leadership.Thisis                     simar singh                                           “combining
07 The basic entry requirements        E
                                    24  xpert advice to help you                widelyrecognisedby                    page 6                                                 my role in
                                        get ready for selection                  civilianemployers.                                                                           the army
leadership 10–15                    27 Take your sport further on
                                                                                                                                                                                with a
12 Benefits to you
14 Benefits to your employer
                                        an Army expedition                                                                                                                       civilian job
15 What your employer needs
                                   opportunity 28–40                                                                                                                            keeps me
    to know                       30 Selection and training
                                    32 Officer training at Sandhurst
                                                                                                                                                                               leanne christmas
challenge 16–21                     34 Your route to becoming
                                                                                                                                                                               page 21
18 Serving on operations               an Army officer
21 Applying your military skills       
                                    36 Where to use your skills

                                                                         employer? officers to your organisation page 15
     to your civilian job               
                                    37 Five years on...                                            Find out about the value of Territorial
21Territorial pay and benefits       
                                    38 Taking the next steps

There’s no such thing as a typical Territorial officer. They come from all walks of life
  and they all have their own reasons for joining. Meet them, and find out more
                     06 How to become a Territorial Army officer
                           06 Face to face with TA officers
                          07 The basic entry requirements

                                                                                                                  because you’ve already got basic military skills
                                                                                                                  you won’t have to start right at the beginning.       thedirect
                                                                                                                  UOTC officer                                          entryofficer
                                                                                                                  There are 19 University Officer Training Corps
                                                                                                                  across the country. Officer cadets are students       timlillie
                                                                                                                  and take part in military and other activities, but
                                                                                                                  have no obligation to join the Army and cannot
                                                                                                                                                                        engineering student /
                                                                                                                  deploy on operations. After graduating, if you        troop commander
 There are many reasons to become a Territorial officer, and                                                      aren’t joining the Regular Army, you can choose
                                                                                                                  to transfer to a TA unit.                             Tim joined the Territorial Army as it gave
 four ways to join. Meet four officers and read their stories                                                                                                           him the opportunity to combine military
                                                                                                                  TA Sponsored officer                                  training with his academic work. He chose
                                                                                                                  A TA Sponsored Officer (TASO) is a student who        to join the Royal Electrical and Mechanical
 The Territorial Army’s greatest strength is its           have no previous military experience. Once you         has been provisionally accepted and sponsored         Engineers and is currently studying for a
 people. As an officer, your job will be to get the        have passed officer selection, you will be able        by their chosen Territorial unit, but who does        degree in engineering at Imperial College.
 best out of them, turning a diverse group with            to go straight into officer training at a Regional     most of their officer training through a UOTC.
 a wide range of skills and experiences into an            Training Centre (RTC).                                 If you choose this route, you’ll return to your       Why did you become a TA officer?
 effective team able to tackle any task that it’s                                                                 Territorial unit after you have graduated to          I chose the Army because you get to do a
 assigned. There are four main routes you can              Unit potential officer                                 complete your officer training.                       massive range of activities, from soldiering
 take to become a Territorial officer.                     After serving in a Territorial unit as a soldier you                                                         to adventure sports. I was keen to get into

 Direct entry
                                                           might choose to apply for officer training, or
                                                           you could be identified as a suitable officer
                                                                                                                   Served as a Regular?                                 a leadership role so I chose the Direct Entry
                                                                                                                                                                        route, which allows you to become an officer
 Most Territorial units accept officers who can            candidate by the staff at your unit. You will                                                                without serving as a TA soldier first.
 demonstrate leadership potential, even if they            need to pass some selection courses, but                                                                     What does being a Territorial give you?
                                                                                                                                                                        You get an intense sense of comradeship
                                                                                                                                                                        from your unit. It’s like being part of a very

     theUnitpotentialofficer                                                                                                                                         large, very diverse family. There are people
                                                                                                                                                                        there who have been in the Regulars, others
     SimarSingh                                                                                                                                                       who are running their own businesses and
                                                                                                                                                                        others who are just starting out. It’s the
     lawyer / platoon commander                                                                                                                                         officer’s job to make them into a team.
                                                                                                                                                                        What does your job involve?
     Simar joined the Territorial Army        Are there advantages to serving                                                                                           I help with the running of my unit and deal
     as a soldier shortly after starting      as a soldier first?                                                                                                       with any welfare issues that come up. It
     a new job. “I was working in an          Yes. It’s the soldiers on the ground                                                                                      would take me a long time anywhere else
     office,” he says, “and was looking       who make things happen. If you                                                                                            to get the level of responsibility I get as an
     for a way to bring more adventure        understand their mindset because                                                                                          officer, and it’s a great way to meet people.
     into my life.” He has recently           you’ve been in the same position,
     been selected for officer training.      I think it makes you a better leader
                                              and enhances your credibility.                                                                                            bASiC ReqUiRemenTS
     Why do you want to be an officer?        Was it easy to apply?                                                                                                     To become an officer in the
     I see it as a way of developing my       When I decided that I wanted to
     civilian and Army careers at the         become an officer I spoke to my                                                                                           Territorial Army you must:
     same time. Both of them rely on          platoon commander and he                                                                                                  n Be over 18 and under 35
     sound administrative and man             helped me with the application                                                                                            n Be a UK, Irish or Commonwealth citizen
     management abilities, as well as a       process. I’m due to start my officer                                                                                        who has been living in the UK for five years
     talent for leadership, so I’ll be able   training in a few weeks. It feels like                                                                                    n Have achieved 35 ALIS points in your best
     to develop skills that I can transfer    a natural step after all the work                                                                                           seven subjects at GCSE, and 180 UCAS
     between the two worlds.                  that I’ve done as a soldier.                                                                                                tariff points at AS and A level



    strategic buyer / troop commander
    Nicola’s local Territorial unit           What kind of people do you meet?
    sponsored her officer training
    while she was at university. The TA
                                              There isn’t a particular type but no
                                              matter what you do, you’ll always
    helps her strike a balance between        find people you get on with. I          calvinSmithstudent / platoon commander
    Army life and a civilian career.          became friends with a lot of the
                                              people I met in officer training and    Calvin Smith joined the University              getting involved. People often say that      else comes after that. If you can’t get to
    How do you benefit from being             we’re still in touch with each other.   Officer Training Corps (UOTC) in                they’re surprised by what they’ve been       training because there’s an essay due or
    a Territorial officer?                    What do you want to do next?            his first year at university. “It’s not         able to achieve. If it wasn’t fun, they      an exam to revise for, all you have to do
    It’s really helped me improve my          In the long term I’d like to get some   a tough choice,” he says. “You learn            wouldn’t keep coming back.                   is tell your platoon commander.
    people skills. I work as a buyer, so      more experience with my unit, and       new skills, there’s a great social life         What kind of people join?                    What sort of activities do you do?
    I spend a lot of time negotiating         maybe get a training post so I can      and you get paid as well.”                      There’s a huge range. Some want to go        As well as the classic military stuff such
    with clients. I need to be able to talk   give something back to the Army.                                                        on and join the Army, others just want       as weapons handling and tactics, you
    to them in an authoritative way and       It’s not too long ago that I got my     Is the UOTC like the Army?                      to do activities that are beyond the reach   get the chance to try things like diving
    use my confidence to make sure I          commission, so in the short term        The training gives you a taster of Army         of the other clubs and societies.            or skiing. We’re going skydiving in
    get a good price. I’m sure my Army        I’m looking forward to going on         life, but it isn’t really tough and the staff   Does it clash with your studies?             California later this year – we’ll be paid
    training has played a part in that.       exercise with my new unit.              aren’t looking for people who are super         No. The staff know that university is        for the whole two weeks we’re away and
                                                                                      fit. It’s about being enthusiastic and          about getting a degree and everything        everyone will get a qualification.

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You don’t have to work in management to become an officer. All you need is
leadership potential. If you’ve got it, Territorial officer training will do the rest
                   12 How leadership training benefits you
            14 How your leadership training benefits your employer
                    15 What your employer needs to know

 The employee                                       of orders while you’re on an exercise, then it’s
 mani Sodhi                                         easy to get 15 kids to pay attention when you’re
 Teacher / plaToon commander                        teaching economics.

 mani Sodhi did his officer training while he       yoU deVelop a ‘Can do’ aTTiTUde
 was also completing his teacher training           “people in the army never say, ‘I can’t do this.’
 course. he had been working in a bank and          If there’s a problem, they find a way to solve it,
 wanted a total change. “Becoming an officer        and that’s an approach I’ve taken with me into
 felt like the logical extension of what i wanted   school. a few weeks ago a class were due to go
 to do as a teacher,” mani says. “Both of the       on a school trip but their teacher had called in       Mani’s skills CV
 jobs are about people and both have helped         sick at the last minute, so I agreed to take the       army training and experience gives Ta
 me to develop as a leader.”                        trip instead. When you’re leading soldiers on          officers the following transferable skills:
                                                    an operation, excuses aren’t an option.                n presentation skills
 yoU leaRn hoW To TalK To people                                                                           n Communication skills
 “I take a lot of skills from my training as        doinG SomeThinG diFFeRenT                              n Self-discipline
 a platoon commander into the classroom,            helpS yoU FoCUS                                        n Self-motivation
 especially around communicating and                “It’s good to get away from the academic world         n planning skills
 presenting your ideas. If you can make 30          sometimes, and the training we do is so far            n instruction techniques
 tired soldiers listen to an hour-and-a-half        removed from school life that it’s really helpful. »

» When I did my teaching qualification, some                                                                                                                                                               employers:
 of the people on the course were struggling
 with it and finding the classroom environment
 really tough. But I was coming back to the                                                                                                                                                                TRaininG                                          GeT inVolVed
 classroom from weekends where I’d been                                                                                                                                                                    Ta officers train in their spare time. research   maintaining a regular dialogue with your
 crawling through mud and doing live firing                                                                                                                                                                by leeds Business School shows that the           employees in the Ta will help you get the best
 exercises. I’d got rid of all my stress and felt                                                                                                                                                          training received by the average Ta member        out of them. Your Territorial employees may be
 pretty much ready for anything.                                                                                                                                                                           would cost an employer £9000 a year.              able to invite you to social occasions and other
                                                                                                                                                                                                                                                             events that give you the opportunity to take a
 iT helpS yoUR WoRK/liFe BalanCe                                                                                                                                                                           QUaliFiCaTionS                                    first-hand look at what life is like as a Territorial.
 “There’s a very good social side to the Ta, from                                                                                                                                                          Training and development provided by the
 barbecues to formal events such as regimental                                                                                                                                                             Territorial army can count towards a range        WhaT The Ta oFFeRS yoU
 balls. It helps remind you that you’re part of                                                                                                                                                            of civilian qualifications. These may             military training and experience focus on
 a community, and you can bring your partner                                                                                                                                                               complement your own existing employee             developing skills that are as important in
 or your friends along as well so you don’t feel                                                                                                                                                           development programmes. all officers who          the workplace as they are on exercises or
 like you’re being asked to choose between                                                                                                                                                                 complete their training gain the level 5          operations. These include teamwork and team
 the two. In fact, both parts of my life seem to                                                                                                                                                           certificate in management and leadership          leadership, self-confidence and adaptability.
 complement each other really well.                                                                                                                                                                        from the chartered management Institute.          There are some qualities that are less easy to
                                                                                                                                                                                                                                                             quantify, such as loyalty, integrity and reliability,
 yoU Can do a loT oF neTWoRKinG                                                                                                                                                                            moBiliSaTion                                      that underpin everything the army does.
 “There’s a real social mix in the Ta. You get                                                                                                                                                             The process of calling Ta members into full-
 people who are lawyers, shop workers and                                                                                                                                                                  time service to support military operations is    WheRe To Find oUT moRe
 students in civilian life, which means there are                                                                                                                                                          known as mobilisation. everyone in the Ta is      Supporting Britain’s reservists & employers
 plenty of different perspectives. There’s even                                                                                                                                                            committed to the possibility of mobilisation if   (SaBre) is a national campaign set up by the
 a sergeant in my platoon who is a teacher and                                                                                                                                                             required, under the reserve Forces act 1996.      mod to enhance the relationship between
 works as a department head at another school.”                                                                                                                                                            employers have the right to seek exemption or     Territorials and their employers. SaBre advises
                                                                                                                                                                                                           deferral if necessary. The mod recognises the     all Territorials to be open and honest with their
                                                                                                                                                                                                           impact that the mobilisation of a Ta member       employers about army commitments, in order
   training that makes a difference                                                                                                                                                                        can have on a civilian employer and provides a    to help your business plan ahead. It offers
                                                                                                                                                                                                           range of advice and support services, including   you impartial advice, support and information
                                                    keiThcahill                                                                                                                                           financial assistance (see below).                 on everything from training obligations to
                                                    Manager / troop coMMander                                                                                                                                                                                employers’ legal rights and responsibilities.
                                                                                                                                                                                                           employeR noTiFiCaTion                             SaBre can put you in touch with contacts at
                                                    I’m a team leader with HM Revenue and                                                                                                                  all Ta recruits who joined after 1 april 2004     a regional level who will be able to help you
                                                    Customs. The officer training I’ve done is                                                                                                             are obligated to give the mod permission          with specific queries, and can arrange for you
                                                    useful in my civilian job, especially with                                                                                                             to contact their employer directly. employer      to visit Ta units at home and overseas.
                                                    things like admin and communicating ideas                                                                                                              notification is designed to encourage honesty
                                                    to other members of the team.                                                                                                                          between a Ta member and their employer,           To find out more about SaBRe and how they
                                                       Learning how to apply your leadership        The employeR’S VeRdiCT                             competitiveness. If he’s teaching two different     minimising possible problems if they should       help you make the most of your Territorials,
                                                    skills in practical situations makes you feel   maGGie BolTon headTeacher                          groups he’ll get them competing against             seek leave for training or in the rare event of   visit or call 0800 389 5459.
                                                    more confident. It’s a steep learning curve                                                        each other, and that’s a very effective way of      compulsory mobilisation.
                                                    but it’s very rewarding.                        maggie Bolton, the headteacher of the school       motivating students. It motivates him, too.
                                                       The better you get, the more doors open      where mani teaches, thinks mani’s experiences         “mani is also very good at setting goals, and    FinanCial SUppoRT
                                                    up for you. Last weekend I went to an event     in the Ta help him perform better at work.         I think his army background has a lot to do with    an employer can claim financial assistance to
                                                    where I met officers from other countries,                                                         that. he has a clear routine for his own form and   cover the cost of replacing an employee who
                                                    and next year I’ll be representing British      “mani did a placement here and we could see he     sets standards for them to meet, which makes        has deployed on operations. Fees for using
                                                    officers at a conference in Norway.             was a very good teacher. We recognised mani’s      them very confident in him.                         a recruitment agency or advertising for a
                                                       I’m still the same person I was when I       leadership skills and when the position of head       “I wouldn’t employ someone solely because        replacement can also be claimed. employers
                                                    joined, but I’m much more ready to push         of Business Studies came up, we appointed him.     they were in the Ta – you can’t stereotype people   do not have to continue paying an employee
                                                    myself forward and take on leadership roles.       “as well as being a good leader, he’s a great   like that. But it gives mani real presence and      while they are away.
                                                                                                    team player and understands the value of healthy   confidence, and those are important qualities.” ▪

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As an officer there’s always a new way to test yourself, from serving on operations
             overseas to applying military skills in your civilian career
                       18 Serving as an officer on operations
                 21 Applying your military skills to your civilian job
                           21 Territorial pay and benefits

 Mike Cumming completed
 his officer training in 2004.
 He commissioned into the
 Parachute Regiment as he
 wanted the opportunity to
 command combat soldiers on
 operations. “They’re well known
 for getting in the thick of the
 action,” he says, “so I knew my
 first operational deployment
 could be just around the corner.”
 Mike got notice that he was
 going to deploy to Iraq in 2007,
 and started his preparatory
 training shortly afterwards.

    “You spend two-and-a-half months training
 in the UK, and that prepares you physically as
 well as mentally for everything you’re going to
 face while you’re away. It’s all about getting you
 in the right frame of mind.

 aRRIvIng on oPeRaTIons
 “I was a bit scared on my way over to Iraq – you
 really just get the fear of the unknown. But while
 your training back home goes a long way to »

   my challenge

 Business owner / platoon commander
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                                                                                                                                                                                                                                                                          You are paid for all the time you spend
                                                                                                                                                                                                                                                                          at your Territorial unit. The daily rate is
                                                                                                                                                                                                                                                                          equivalent to that received by a Regular
                                                                                                                                                                                                                                                                          officer of the same rank and experience and
                                                                                                                                                                                                                                                                          in a comparable role. You are also paid for
                                                                                                                                                                                                                                                                          each quarter day of training you do. To find
                                                                                                                                                                                                                                                                          out what you could earn in you spare time
                                                                                                                                                                                                                                                                          as a Territorial officer go online and visit

                                                                                                                                                                                                                                                                          annUaL BoUnTY
                                                                                                                                                                                                                                                                          Every year when you satisfy the minimum
                                                                                                                                                                                                                                                                          annual training requirement (19 days in a
                                                                                                                                                                                                                                                                          National TA unit and 27 days in a Regional
                                                                                                                                                                                                                                                                          TA unit) and pass the relevant training tests
                                                                                                                                                                                                                                                                          you receive a tax-free lump sum known as
                                                                                                                                                                                                                                                                          a bounty. Find out what bounty you could
                                                                                                                                                                                                                                                                          receive at

                                                                                                                                                                                                                                                                          You’ll be paid for your travel to and from
                                                                                                                                                                                                                                                                          your unit and to any other locations where
                                                                                                                                                                                                                                                                          your training takes place. Meals taken while
                                                                                                                                                                                                                                                                          you’re on duty, your uniform and other key
                                                                                                                                                                                                                                                                          items of kit are all provided free.

                                                                                                                                                                                                                                                                          If you deploy on operations and your civilian
» equipping you for what you’ll face on operations,    geTTIng oUT on THe gRoUnd                              that you find in TA units. Our unit had doctors,                                                          in common than you might think. In both           salary is higher than your Army pay, you can
  you learn far more spending just one day in          “It was doing foot patrols through villages and        barristers and engineers working as soldiers              my challenge                                    cases you’re given an objective and a team        claim the difference in pay up to a certain
  theatre. Before you go out on the ground you
  spend two weeks with the Operational Training
                                                       vehicle checkpoints that I enjoyed most. We’d
                                                       get to meet the local people all day, every day,
                                                                                                              every day. What they all brought to the melting
                                                                                                              pot was amazing; we were in the position to             t
                                                                                                                                                                     “ oapplyofficer                                of people whose skills you need to draw on in
                                                                                                                                                                                                                        order to get there, so my two jobs complement
                                                                                                                                                                                                                                                                          amount. You can also claim for the cost of
                                                                                                                                                                                                                                                                          replacing certain benefits that your employer
  Advisory Group (OPTAG). This training is based
  on situations that are taking place there, so it’s
                                                       and that was the best bit. I didn’t really know
                                                       what to expect at first, but units who had been
                                                                                                              deal with any situation. By the end of our tour,
                                                                                                              OPTAG wanted to shadow our unit to learn
                                                                                                                                                                      skillstomycareer”                             each other well.
                                                                                                                                                                                                                           “One of the most valuable things I can take
                                                                                                                                                                                                                                                                          provides while you’re away, such as health
                                                                                                                                                                                                                                                                          insurance or school fees.
  more realistic and puts everything you’ve learned    working there before us had spent time building        more about the way we did things. That was a
                                                                                                                                                                       leannechristmas                                from military life is that I’ve become much
  into context. You see how things work and what       up relationships, so every village welcomed us.        real pat on the back.                                    Banker / platoon commander                       more self-reliant. I know that if someone gives   LegaL PRoTeCTIon
  you need to be looking out for, so you feel much     We were their security. They were always happy            “After the tour some guys were signing up to                                                           me a job, I can get on and do it.                 If you are deployed on operations, your job
  more ready for the challenges ahead.                 to see us. The more time you spent with them,          go to Afghanistan. Officially you can’t be called        Leanne Christmas became a Territorial               “Being a Territorial officer has been very     is protected under The Reserve Forces
                                                       the more they’d be willing to talk to you so you’d     up for another two years, but you can voluntarily        because she wanted a different set of            good for my career. Job interviews are often      (safeguard of employment) act 1985. Under
  aCCLIMaTIsIng To IRaq                                start to learn what life is really like there.         mobilise yourself. If I didn’t have my own               challenges to the ones she experienced in        competence-based, so you’ll be asked to give      this act, employers are guilty of an offence
  “Getting used to mortar attacks every night was         “We did really well in Iraq and I honestly          businesses to run and have so many other                 her career. she’s found that many of the         examples of your team-building skills or          if they terminate your employment solely or
  the first thing we had to deal with, but as the      believe that it was because of the variety of skills   responsibilities, I’d be straight back out there.” ▪     skills she’s learned are just as relevant in     decision making skills, and being an officer      mainly because of your liability to be called
  tour goes on you get used to the stress levels                                                                                                                       the boardroom as on battlefield.                 gives me loads of ready made examples.            up for military service.
  and no situation fazes you. We’re a tight unit
  anyway but out on operations everyone helps           i
                                                       “fididn’thavemybusiness                                                                                   “The corporate world and military world
                                                                                                                                                                                                                           “I got promoted at work recently, and I’m
                                                                                                                                                                                                                        convinced that officer training and my Army       For more information visit saBRe online at
  themselves and each other. It’s the camaraderie
  that really gets you through.                         toruni’dbebackoutthere”                                                                                  have very different values, but they have more   experiences played a key part in that.” ▪ or call 0800 389 5459.

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With amazing rewards and a wealth of opportunities waiting for you in your
      spare time, a career as a TA officer means that you get out more
               24 How military training can boost your fitness
             24 Expert advice to help you get ready for selection
              27 Take your sport further on an Army expedition

“Fitness is a
 key part oF
 army liFe”
 zayne crow
 NURSE / tRoop commaNdER

 Zayne Crow joined the TA in a bid to get fit.       set myself goals. If I don’t, I get lazy and fall off
 Since then she’s served in Iraq and run 14          the pace. They help to keep exercise interesting
 marathons, two double-marathons and ‘the            and enjoyable. A target could be as simple as
 toughest foot race on earth’ – the Marathon         completing a 5km fun-run, but it will really help.
 des Sables, 151 miles across the Sahara Desert.     Once you’ve done that run you can tick the box
                                                     and move on to the next challenge, which could
   “Fitness is so important in the Army as you       be a 10km fun-run. That’s how I trained for the
 never know what job or challenge you’ll face        ultra-marathon, the Marathon des Sables.
 next. You need to make sure your fitness is            “I used to say to myself, ‘Right, the Marathon
 good. That way you’re ready for anything.           des Sables is in a year, so I must maintain my
   “Goals are really helpful. I’ve been running      fitness.’ My targets were always marathons and
 long distances for 20 years and I still need to     I ran eight in the six months before the big race. »

 get in shape now – 40-60 minutes, four times a week
  preparation              »      stamina                                                 »          upper body and trunk                                                                                            »    lower limbs
 wArM uP AnD                     runnIng                        SwIMMIng                         SIT-uPS                         TrICePS DIPS                   PreSS-uPS                     Pull-uPS/                  SquATS                       STeP-uPS                        AlTernATe
 Cool Down                       Running should be a key        Swim as many lengths as you      n Secure feet under fixed       n With bent knees and          n Keep hands shoulder-width   heAveS                     n From a standing position   n Step up from the floor onto   SquAT ThruSTS
 It’s important to warm up       part of your exercise          can without stopping in half       object (or get a friend         straight arms, rest hands      apart and body straight     (Only if you have            lower body by bending        a low chair or bench          n Place hands flat on floor
 before any exercise to loosen   programme when preparing             an hour. Alternatively,      to hold them)                   on a sturdy chair or bench   n Bend elbows and lower       access to a beam             knees slowly until they    n Stand up straight with both     with legs straight out
 the muscles and get your        for Army training. Plan a             go for a 40-minute        n Keep knees bent at              behind you                     body until chest is about   that can hold                reach a 90-degree angle      feet on chair or bench          behind you
 joints moving. You must         running route, ideally on             swim once a week,           90 degrees                    n Lower body until arms are      an inch off the floor       your weight):              n Straighten back up to      n Step back down                n Bend one leg up beneath

 also cool down afterwards       flat grass or a mixture of          trying to increase the      n From a lying position raise     bent at 90 degrees           n Push back up to the         n Hang from the              standing position            to the floor                    the body, then shoot it
 to help get rid of the waste    surfaces (road running                  number of lengths         your body to 45 degrees       n Push up to return to           start position                beam with arms           n Knees should
                                                                                                                                                                                                                                                      gooD for                          backwards while the other
 products in your muscles.       puts a strain on ankles,                  each time.            n Lower back down slowly          the start position           gooD for                        fully extended             not push forward           Strengthening                     leg comes up
     To warm up jog gently       knees and hips).                                                  and in control                                                                             n Pull up until chin         over the front                                             n Alternate legs in a quick,
                                                                          gooD for                                               gooD for                       Upper arm and chest                                                                   the thighs and
 for about five minutes, do      gooD for                            Exercising all major        gooD for                        Building strength              strength                        clears top of beam         of your toes               getting the                       thrusting movement
 some stretching and then                                                                                                                                                                     n Return to start
                                 Endurance and stamina;              muscles, heart              Strengthening the trunk         in the upper arms                                                                       gooD for                     heart pumping                   gooD for
 repeat your jog. To cool        exercising the heart                  and lungs                                                                                                                position under           Building strength                                            Leg muscles,
 down after your session, do     and lungs                                                                                                                                                      control                  in the thighs                                                heart and
 the same thing – a mixture                                                                                                                                                                   gooD for                                                                                lungs
 of light jogging and some                                                                                                                                                                    Biceps and upper
 stretching exercises.                                                                                                                                                                        body strength

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» It paid off because I completed the Marathon
 des Sables and finished in 155th place out of
 879 athletes. It took me 29 hours and I was
 the 11th female to finish.
                                                                                                                                                            adventurous training in the TA
 keePIng fIT wITh The ArMy                                                                                                                                  carl pates
 “Life as a TA officer is very active and you soon                                                                                                          StUdENt / platooN commaNdER
 find yourself feeling fitter. But it’s important to
 maintain that fitness, which takes dedication and
 focus. The Army tests your fitness every year with
                                                                                                                                                            Carl Pates was a
                                                                                                                                                            commissioned officer
                                                                                                                                                                                          or improving teamwork in
                                                                                                                                                                                          a different environment.         “tHrougH
 the Personal Fitness Test and the Annual Fitness
 Test to help you keep in shape.
                                                                                                                                                            before he started a
                                                                                                                                                            Masters degree in civil
                                                                                                                                                                                          The objectives influence
                                                                                                                                                                                          whether or not you get the        tHe army
    “You enjoy the TA more if you’re fit. If your
 fitness levels aren’t good you feel anxious about
                                                                                                                                                            engineering, so the uoTC
                                                                                                                                                            was the obvious choice
                                                                                                                                                                                          funding to go so you have
                                                                                                                                                                                          to set them wisely.             i qualiFied
 the tests, and exercises can be tough. But if you’re
 on top of your game they’re really something to
                                                                                                                                                            for him. now he’s the
                                                                                                                                                            regimental Adventurous
                                                                                                                                                                                          Where have you planned
                                                                                                                                                                                          trips to so far?                    as a ski
 enjoy and look forward to, and you know you’re
 doing your job to the best of your ability.
    “If you’re trying to get fit enough to join the
                                                                                                                                                            Training officer.

                                                                                                                                                            What is your role at
                                                                                                                                                                                          I’ve planned and led trips
                                                                                                                                                                                          around the UK and to
                                                                                                                                                                                          Bavaria in Germany.
 Army, there’s no need to force yourself to do                                                                                                              the UOTC?                     Why do you do adventurous
 things you hate. Start with just a couple of jogs                                                                                                          I work closely with the       training in the TA?
 per week, get on the bicycle, have a swim or go                                                                                                            Commanding Officer. I         It encourages physical and
                                                                                                                                                            look after everything to do   moral courage, improves

“keeping Fit is                                                                                                                                             with planning adventurous
                                                                                                                                                            training trips. I then lead
                                                                                                                                                                                          leadership qualities and
                                                                                                                                                                                          team working – it’s a good

 easier because                                                                                                                                             the officer cadets once
                                                                                                                                                            we’re out there.
                                                                                                                                                                                          way to bring out the
                                                                                                                                                                                          qualities in your soldiers

 you’re around                                                                                                                                              How do you go about
                                                                                                                                                            planning an expedition?
                                                                                                                                                                                          that you need on operations.
                                                                                                                                                                                          What have you got out of

 active and                                                                                                                                                 You have to think
                                                                                                                                                            about everything from
                                                                                                                                                                                          your current role?
                                                                                                                                                                                          Through the Army I have

 driven people”                                                                                                                                             accommodation and food,
                                                                                                                                                            to finances and finding
                                                                                                                                                            qualified instructors. You
                                                                                                                                                                                          qualified as a ski and
                                                                                                                                                                                          mountaineering instructor.
                                                                                                                                                                                          I’ve dived in the Red Sea,
 rock climbing if that’s what you like to do. Use                                                        n You must also complete an obstacle course        set objectives such as        walked Europe and rock
 the rower, cross trainer and treadmill at the gym
                                                            How Fit do                                    to the best of your ability                       reaching certain peaks        climbed in Costa Blanca.
 – don’t do the same road run over and over                 i need to be?
 again because you’ll get bored and demotivated.        You need to meet basic fitness requirements      AnnuAl fITneSS TeST
    “One thing I’ve found is that once you join         to pass the Army Officer Selection Board (see    Your fitness is tested each year, and you will
 the Territorials, keeping your fitness up is made      page 31). There are also further fitness tests   be expected to complete a six-mile march in
 much easier because you’re always surrounded           which you need to pass to qualify for your       under one-and-a-half hours. To be eligible
 by very active and driven people.                      annual bounty and to progress in your career.    for operational tours you must do an eight-
    “The Army helped me to get really excited by                                                         mile march carrying full kit in two hours.
 physical challenges. I’m off to America with my        The bASIC requIreMenTS
 TA unit to do high-altitude mountain trekking          n 44 press-ups in two minutes for men and        PerSonAl fITneSS ASSeSSMenT
 next week. We’ll be getting paid to climb Mount          21 press-ups in two minutes for women          You must run 2.4km (1.5 miles) and do
 Whitney – it’s 14,500 ft high and I can’t wait. I      n 50 sit-ups in two minutes for both men         a set number of press-ups and sit-ups to
 would usually want to speed off into the distance        and women                                      pass the PFA and to qualify for your tax-
 and do it at my own pace but I know there’s            n A 10.2-level bleep test for men and an         free annual bounty. The pass levels vary
 nothing like doing it as a team – it makes it            8.1-level bleep test for women                 according to age and gender.
 even more rewarding when you’ve finished.” n

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From soldiering to the principles of leadership, officer training equips you
  with the skills you need and gives you the chance to develop new ones
         30 Selection and training 32 Officer training at Sandhurst
   34 Your route to becoming an Army officer 36 Where to use your skills
                  37 Five years on... 38 Taking the next steps

                                                                                                           After your interview you will be contacted by
                                                                                                           your sponsor unit. They will organise a medical
                                                                                                                                                                 the officer selection process                                                                       university
                                                                                                           check and book you on the Recruit Selection
                                                                                                           Weekend where you complete the next stage                                                                                                                 oFFicer
                                                                                                           of the officer selection process.
                                                                                                                                                                                                                                                                     training corps
                                                                                                                                                                                                                                                                     The University Officer Training Corps (UOTC)

                                                                                                                 recruit selection Weekend                                                                                                                           gives university students the chance to develop
                                                                                                                 test youR skills                                                                                                                                    their leadership skills through military activities.
                                                                                                                  As an officer, you will be expected to                                                                                                             You’ll be paid for all the training you do, but
                                                                                                           master the same military skills as the soldiers                                                                                                           you won’t be asked to go on operations and you
                                                                                                           you command. The Recruit Selection Weekend                                                                                                                can leave the unit whenever you want. Students
                                                                                                           tests your ability to learn those skills. You’ll do                                                                                                       are chosen based on their mental aptitude and
                                                                                                           some basic skills and fitness tests, as well as a                                                                                                         physical fitness at a selection weekend.
                                                                                                           medical assessment. If you pass you formally
                                                                                                           join the Territorial Army, a process called                                                                                                               Year one
                                                                                                           ‘attestation’. From this point onwards you’ll                                                                                                             As an officer cadet you’ll learn basic military skills
                                                                                                           be paid for each training session you attend.                                                                                                             and you will complete part one of the Management
                                                                                                                                                                                                                                                                     and leadership Development programme. You
                                                                                                                                                                                                                                                                     train at weekends and in the evenings, so it’s easy

                                                                                                                 Module 1                                                                                                                                            to fit around your studies. You’ll test your skills at
                                                                                                                 RecRuit tRaining
                                                                                                                  This takes place over several weekends         “the selection process                                                                              the annual camp and you may decide to take part
                                                                                                                                                                                                                                                                     in a Summer leader and fast track to a commission.
                                                                                                           or a two-week course. Module 1 teaches
                                                                                                           the same skills that are covered in soldiers’          is very intense but                                                                                Year two
                                                                                                           basic training including weapons handling,
                                                                                                           communications and foot drill as well as how           massively rewarding”                                                                               Your leadership training will culminate in a series
                                                                                                                                                                                                                                                                     of tests, including a mock attack. You’ll also do
                                                                                                           to live in the field.                                                                                                                                     part two of the Management and leadership

                                                                                                                                                                                                                                                                     Development programme. You might then go on
                                                                                                                                                                 After passing your interview                                      at the AOSB Briefing. All the     to get a commission.

                                                                                                                 Module 2                                        you will be contacted by a                                        tests are assessed and staff
                                                                                                                 leadeRship skills                               Regional Training Centre                                          will be looking to see how well   Year three
                                                                                                                 Delivered over 10 weekends at a Regional        (RTC). The RTC will arrange                                       you work as part of a team,       You’ll have the chance to join the UOTC’s

and training
                                                                                                           Training Centre (RTC), Module 2 helps apply your      for you to do Modules 2 and                                       evidence of your leadership       training team, or take on responsibility for leading
                                                                                                           leadership skills in a military context through a     3 and to meet with the Army                                       ability and how you react         groups of other officer cadets. In Scotland you
                                                                                                           range of practical and theoretical exercises. As an   Officer Selection Board                                           under pressure. There is no       can serve a fourth year with your UOTC.
                                                                                                           officer cadet you will now wear the cap badge and     (AOSB). The AOSB Briefing       mental aptitude tests, an         single test by which you pass
                                                                                                           beret of the Royal Military Academy Sandhurst.        and AOSB Main Board take        informal discussion, leaderless   or fail. If you succeed here,
                                                                                                                                                                 place while you are training.   tasks, command tasks, a           you’ll continue training at
From the initial interview to the final training module,                                                                                                         You must pass both before       planning exercise, a fitness      the RTC and will be eligible

learning to be an officer will put all your skills to the test                                                   Module 3                                        progressing to Module 4.        test and an obstacle course.      to go on to Module 4 – the
                                                                                                                 tactical skills                                                                 You’ll also be briefed on what    TA Commissioning Course.
                                                                                                                 You apply the skills you learned in Module      AosB Briefing                   to expect at the Main Board.

The aim of the selection process is to check           interview                                           2 in the intensive environment of a nine-day          All officer selection is the
that you’ve got the potential to become an             having a chat                                       battle camp. The camp allows instructors to           responsibility of the AOSB.     AosB Main Board
officer, and that you’re ready to learn all the        This can be set up by the unit you hope to          assess your performance and gives you the final       Before you complete the Main    This runs for three-and-a-
necessary skills at officer training. If you’re    join or by the staff of your local Army Careers         opportunity to practise all the skills that will be   Board, you attend the AOSB      half days. You take written
already in the Territorial Army and have applied   Information Office. You will be able to discuss         put to the test when you move on to Module 4.         Briefing to prepare you. This   tests, give a presentation and

or been selected for officer training, you can     the options available to you, and if an officer role                                                          lasts for one-and-a-half days   take part in some outdoor
go straight to step four. Direct entrants start    is right for you, you’ll get help to select a unit to   turn to page 32 For module 4                          and includes a series of        exercises similar to the ones
by having an interview.                            sponsor you through the training process.               Royal militaRy academy sandhuRst

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      Module 4                                                                                                                                                                                                                                                                  WhAt hAppens
      Royal militaRy
      academy sandhuRst                                                                                                                                                                                                                                                         After sAndhurst?

“you have
                                                                                                                                                                                                                                                                                The commissioning parade at Sandhurst
                                                                                                                                                                                                                                                                                recognises all your hard work, but it doesn’t
                                                                                                                                                                                                                                                                                mark the end of your training. Officers keep
                                                                                                                                                                                                                                                                                learning throughout their careers and the

 these skills
                                                                                                                                                                                                                                                                                next stage starts at your unit.

                                                                                                                                                                                                                                                                                your first job
                                                                                                                                                                                                                                                                                As a newly qualified Second lieutenant,
                                                                                                                                                                                                                                                                                you’re ready for your first command

 For liFe”
                                                                                                                                                                                                                                                                                appointment with your unit. Depending on
                                                                                                                                                                                                                                                                                its role, you can expect to take charge of up
                                                                                                                                                                                                                                                                                to 30 soldiers. You’ll be responsible for their
                                                                                                                                                                                                                                                                                career development, their welfare and their
                                                                                                                                                                                                                                                                                effectiveness in completing whatever task

nicola hemsworth Strategic buyer / Platoon commander
Nicola Hemsworth’s Territorial unit sponsored            “For most of week one you go back over
her to train as an officer at her UOTC. She           the basics, such as weapons handling and how
completed the Territorial Army commissioning          to deliver orders to your soldiers. You also
course at Sandhurst in 2009 after graduating,         complete a basic fitness test to make sure that
as it gave her the chance to continue her             you’re ready for the physical challenges.
military training and combine it with her new            “In the second week you start putting into
job as a buyer for Nestlé.                            practice the skills that you’ve learned in the
                                                      previous months. Communication skills are
   “By the time you get to Sandhurst, you’ve          particularly important when you’re issuing
already completed three modules of officer            orders. As you come under more pressure and
training, so you’re very well prepared. The aim       you realise that you can cope with what’s being
isn’t to teach you loads of new skills but to apply   asked of you, it boosts your confidence.                                                                                                                                                                                  they’re assigned. It can be a steep learning
what you’ve already learned in a practical context.      “At the end of the second week you do a
                                                                                                             the territorial commissioning                       course – module 4                                                                                              curve but the organisational skills that you
   “Sandhurst is almost a mystical place. Before
you go, you hear all sorts of urban legends about
                                                      seven-day exercise. Sometimes it feels as though
                                                      you’re permanently running everywhere or
                                                                                                              week 1 key military skills                         »    week 2 leadership training                      »     week 3 commissioning                           »    learned at Sandhurst will help you, and there
                                                                                                                                                                                                                                                                                will be experienced senior soldiers as well
what the course involves. And although it’s           crawling through the mud and the cooked                You revisit some of        also be a series of          Your performance is                                   The field exercise comes   ceremony is the           as other officers on hand to give you advice.
very, very intense, once you get there you realise    breakfast we had on our final morning is               the key military skills    briefings and lectures       continually assessed                                  to an end. For the staff   culmination of all your
that it’s not so bad after all. The standard of       probably one of the best things I’ve ever seen.        training from previous     to cover some of the         through weeks two                                     of Sandhurst it’s          hard work, and marks      post-commissioning training
instruction there is just amazing.                       “The ultimate reward is the parade on the last      modules. There are         theoretical aspects          and three. There will                                 decision time as they      the point at which you    You will be expected to serve for three years
                                                      day when you get your commission. It sounds            a number of individual     of life as an officer,       be a combat fitness                                   choose which of the        go from officer cadet     with your unit before your are eligible to
                                                                                                             tests that you will need   including the law of         test and the chance to                                intake will go on to       to Second lieutenant.
                                                      like a cliché, but when we marched up the steps                                                                                                                                                                           deploy on operations. You also need to
                                                                                                             to pass, including         armed conflict.              practise foot drill, as                               get a commission.
                                                      of the Old College at the end of the parade it         weapons handling                                        well as an assessment                                 If you’ve made the                                   complete some further training to give you
                                                      made me think about just what I’d achieved.            and fitness tests.                                      of your ability to          concludes in week         grade there will be                                  the skills you will need. Most of these courses
                                                         “Getting the chance to do officer training and      A two-day exercise                                      compile and issue a         three, where you’ll       a short navigation                                   take place at a Regional Training Centre and
                                                      to go to Sandhurst is an awesome opportunity           gives you an early                                      set of orders – a vital     have to use your          exercise and plenty                                  include sessions on managing soldiers, how
                                                      in itself, but it’s also a chance to boost your        opportunity to test                                     part of your future role.   leadership skills under   of foot drill to get                                 to plan training and the mobilisation process
                                                      confidence and develop skills that you can carry       your core military                                      The second half of the      the same demanding        you ready for the                                    as well as CBRN (operating in an environment
                                                      with you into your civilian life. leadership is one    skills under field                                      week is taken up with       conditions that you’d     parade at the end                                    where chemical, biological, radiological and
                                                      of the most important, but presentation and            conditions. There will                                  a six-day exercise which    face on operations.       of the week. This                                    nuclear substances may be present).
                                                      planning skills are just as useful in my day job.” n

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your route                                                                                        There are four ways to become
                                                                                                  a Territorial officer, each with a
                                                                                                                                                                                                next steps
                                                                                                                                                                                                                                              served as a regular?

to a commission
                                                                                                  training programme that fits                                                                  Sandhurst isn’t the end of the officer

                                                                                                  around your civilian life                                                                     journey. After gaining your commission
                                                                                                                                                                                                you return to your unit to take up your
                                                                                                                                                                                                first appointment and complete post-
                                                                                                                                                                                                Commissioning Training.
                                                                                  module 2                            Module 3
                                            Module 1                              leadership skills                   tactical skills                                                           YOUr FirST AppOiNTmeNT
direct entrY                                core skills                           The principles of leadership and    You apply the theory learned in                                           After gaining your commission you
You might have no previous military         You learn the basic soldiering        management are taught over 10       Module 2 to a series of practical                                         return to your unit to take up your first
experience, but are interested in           skills which underpin the rest        weekends at an RTC. You learn       exercises held during a nine-day                                          command appointment. You will be
joining the TA as an officer. You need      of your training. The module is       how to apply them in the field,     battle camp. These include                                                responsible for the training, welfare and
to attend an interview to decide if you     taught over several weekends or       and master other key skills such    patrols, ambushes and other                                               operational effectiveness of 30 soldiers.
are Army officer material before you
                                            a two-week course at a Regional       as navigation and the process of    activities where you will be
start the officer training process.
                                            Training Centre (RTC).                composing and issuing orders        expected to demonstrate your        Module 4                              FUrTHer TrAiNiNg
                                                                                  to your soldiers.                   ability to lead larger groups of    royal military                        While taking command of your first unit,
                                                                                                                      soldiers and your understanding     academy                               you complete the final stages of your
                                                                                                                      of basic infantry tactics. Your     sandhurst (rmas)                      officer training. The objective is to give
                                                                                                                      performance during the camp         The Territorial Commissioning         you some of the skills necessary for the
unit potentiAl officer                                                                                                will be assessed by the exercise
                                                                                                                      staff and you will need to pass
                                                                                                                                                          Course takes place at the Royal
                                                                                                                                                          Military Academy Sandhurst and
                                                                                                                                                                                                day-to-day running of a platoon or troop,
                                                                                                                                                                                                and to give you some of the specialist
You’re already a soldier in a Territorial unit and have been
selected or have applied for officer training. As you’ve already                                                      in order to progress. You must      represents the highlight of your      skills that you would need to lead soldiers
completed a Recruit Selection Weekend and the Basic Recruit                                                           also make sure that you’ve          officer training. You can opt to      on operations. This includes how to
Training Module, you start at Module 2. Some units will only                                                          completed the AOSB Briefing         complete the Course as a single       organise training and what is involved
accept officer candidates who have served as soldiers first.                                                          and AOSB Main Board.                block of three weeks, or you can      in mobilisation – the process by which        THe reJOiNiNg prOCeSS
                                                                                                                                                          just do the first week and return     soldiers are called up to serve on            If you served as a Regular officer and left within
                                                                                                                                                          to complete the other two at a        operations. You will spend three years        the past six years, becoming a Territorial is no more
                                                                                                                                                          later date. You must have passed      with your unit before you are eligible        complicated than completing a few forms. Your local
                                                                                                                                                          the Army Officer Selection Board      to be deployed overseas.                      Army Careers Information Office or Territorial unit
                                            mldp 1                                mldp 2                              module 3                            before you can start the Course                                                     will tell you more. Former Regular soldiers who want
tA sponsored                                core skills                           leadership skills                   tactical skills                     at Sandhurst (see page 31) and                                                      to apply for a commission should rejoin as soldiers
officer                                     This takes place over a series of
                                            weekends and evenings in your
                                                                                  Once you’ve mastered the basics
                                                                                  of soldiering, you spend the
                                                                                                                      You can now take a leadership
                                                                                                                      role within the UOTC. You
                                                                                                                                                          must start no later than six months
                                                                                                                                                          after completing Module 3.
                                                                                                                                                                                                                                              and follow the Unit potential Officer route.
                                                                                                                                                                                                                                              WHAT YOU NeeD TO KNOW
You go to university having
been accepted by your chosen                first year with the UOTC. The         second year learning how to         can also take a third module,           You’re not assessed during the                                                  After you have rejoined, you will be subject to the
Territorial unit as a potential officer,    module equips you with the            demonstrate leadership in a         preparing you to command            first week as you’ll be revising                                                    same annual tests as the other members of your
but train with your UOTC.                   same skills you’d need as an          military context. Just like the     larger groups and to gain a         the skills that you learned during                                                  unit. It’s particularly important to make sure that you
                                            infantry soldier including            previous module the training        commission from Sandhurst.          the previous modules. There are                                                     keep up with your fitness activities. Whether you are
                                            weapons handling and how to           is delivered at the weekends        UOTC members are under no           some fitness tests you need to                                                      rejoining as a soldier or as an officer, you will be able
                                            live in the open, or ‘fieldcraft’.    and in the evenings. You’ll be      obligation to attend Sandhurst.     pass, so you’ll have to make sure                                                   to keep the rank and seniority that you held during
                                            Everything you learn has a            assessed on your signals and                                            that you achieve a good standard                                                    your time as a Regular.
                                            military application, but some        map-reading skills, but the key                                         of fitness before you start.                                                        HOW YOU BeNeFiT
uotc officer                                of the skills such as first aid and   part is a tactical exercise where                                           If you pass the assessments                                                     Rejoining as a Territorial officer will give you the
cadet                                       communication have a wider
                                            value. You’ll also do some work
                                                                                  you’ll master the process by
                                                                                  which orders are issued and
                                                                                                                                                          and perform well in the final field
                                                                                                                                                          exercise, you will commission
                                                                                                                                                                                                                                              opportunity to apply all your leadership and military
                                                                                                                                                                                                                                              skills in the appropriate context. You will also enjoy
You join the UOTC at university
as an officer cadet. You should             to raise your level of fitness.       apply it to a simple tactical                                           into your chosen unit. The                                                          some of the key rewards of military life, including
have at least two years left of                                                   problem. The assessments will                                           commissioning parade marks                                                          the strong sense of camaraderie and an active
your course when you apply.                                                       all be carried out by serving                                           a change in status from officer                                                     lifestyle, all combined with your civilian career.
                                                                                  soldiers and officers.                                                  cadet to Second lieutenant.

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What else do
                                                                                                                 how much                               will i have any
                                                                                                                 will i get paid?                       free time left if                       how to find the right role
                                                                                                                 You’re paid for each quarter day       i join the tA?

i need to knoW?
                                                                                                                 of training you attend. The rate is    You don’t have to make a choice         Units in the British Army are grouped into
                                                                                                                 based on the salary received by a      between your civilian life and your
                                                                                                                 Regular officer of the same rank       military responsibilities. Once you
                                                                                                                                                                                                seven categories based on the skills required to                                       Providing expert administrative
                                                                                                                                                                                                                                                                                       support to every single unit around
                                                                                                                 doing a comparable job, and will       get your commission, there is a         do the jobs involved, and the role that each of                                        the world is a demanding role.
                                                                                                                 increase as you move through the       minimum training commitment
                                                                                                                                                                                                them plays on the battlefield                                                          Officers also serve as police officers,

From how much you get paid to serving on operations, find answers                                                ranks. When you fulfil the annual
                                                                                                                 training commitment you also
                                                                                                                                                        of 19 or 27 days a year, depending
                                                                                                                                                        on the type of unit you join,
                                                                                                                                                                                                                                                                                       lawyers, educators and chaplains.

to your questions about what life as a Territorial officer involves                                              qualify for a tax-free annual          including a two-week annual
                                                                                                                 bounty. In addition, all relevant      camp. Most soldiers and officers
                                                                                                                                                                                                Combat roles require officers to           The Army relies on its supply chain to      Officers in the Army Medical Services
                                                                                                                 expenses are paid, including travel    find that it’s easy to satisfy this     lead their soldiers from the front,        keep its soldiers equipped and able to      provide a wide range of healthcare
how long will                      commission and completing
                                   further officer training.
                                                                           if it can’t meet its requirements
                                                                           or there’s a need for particular
                                                                                                                 to and from training and your
                                                                                                                 kit. If you join a National TA
                                                                                                                                                        commitment and often choose to
                                                                                                                                                        complete extra training to develop
                                                                                                                                                                                                often in close proximity to the
                                                                                                                                                                                                enemy. Whatever the task, being
                                                                                                                                                                                                                                           carry out their tasks. Officers manage
                                                                                                                                                                                                                                           that process, ensuring that support is
                                                                                                                                                                                                                                                                                       services to military personnel and
                                                                                                                                                                                                                                                                                       to working animals. They keep
training take?                                                             skills, some people may be subject    unit you can claim up to a full        their skills further. However, you      able to think quickly and act decisively   available wherever it’s needed.             up to date by training alongside
It depends on you. Most training   will i be called up?                    to compulsory mobilisation.           day’s pay for travelling to and from   will need to put in some extra time     are vital skills.                                                                      civilian counterparts.
takes place at weekends and in     The Army is deployed in many            Officers or officer cadets serving    your training sessions. You can        to complete your officer training.
the evenings so that you can fit   different areas of the world            with a UOTC cannot be called up.      find more information on rates         If you go on operations you will be
it around your civilian life and   including Afghanistan. The units        You or your employer can appeal       of pay and potential bounties at       called up to serve full time and will
                                                                                                                                                                                                Officers in engineering units have the     Gathering and distributing information      Military music and ceremonial events
progress at your own pace. You     of the Territorial Army have a          if your mobilisation would conflict           be overseas for up to six months.       job of finding solutions to practical      quickly and securely gives an important     give the Army an important link with
could complete the necessary       key part to play, so there’s a          with your parental or primary                                                You will normally be able to take       problems on the battlefield. Here          advantage on the battlefield. You’ll lead   its past and keep traditions alive.
modules in a few months, but       chance that you’ll be asked to          care responsibilities, disrupt your   what if i have                         leave at some point during this         their technical skills are as much at
                                                                                                                                                                                                a premium as their leadership skills.
                                                                                                                                                                                                                                           the skilled, specialist soldiers who keep
                                                                                                                                                                                                                                           the information flowing.
                                                                                                                                                                                                                                                                                       Officers serving in ceremonial roles
                                                                                                                                                                                                                                                                                       also deploy on operations.
you can normally expect to spend   serve overseas. The Army will           education or training, or seriously                                          period and get a period of paid
a year to 18 months getting your   always ask for volunteers first, but    affect the business.                  a professional                         leave after completing your tour.
                                                                                                                 There is an extensive range of
                                                                                                                                                        Can i leave if it’s
 which type of unit will i join?                                                                                 opportunities available to qualified
                                                                                                                 healthcare professionals. The TA       not for me?                                                                                             five years on...
                                                       There are two types of Territorial unit. The unit         needs: n Doctors n Dentists            When you join the Territorial                                                                           Why did you become a             me get outside more. Now
                                                       you join will depend on your skills, the skills you       n Radiographers n Pharmacists          Army you nominally agree to serve                                                                       TA officer?                      I have more responsibility
                                                       want to learn and the time you have to give.              n Biomedical scientists n Nurses       for a period of twelve years, but                                                                       I joined as a soldier, and       it’s a chance to focus on
                                                                                                                 n Veterinary surgeons                  you can leave at any time provided                                                                      when one of the officers         something different. The
                                                       regional units                                            For more information about the         you haven’t already been asked to                                                                       suggested I try for a            fact that it evolves with
                                                                                                                 Army Medical Services phone            deploy on operations.                                                                                   commission I decided to          you is very appealing.
                                                       Regional units recruit and train locally. No previous     0800 7311201. All calls are free.                                                                                                              give it a go. I liked the idea   What are the benefits ?
                                                       experience is necessary as all the skills relevant to
                                                       your role will be taught by the unit. Their minimum
                                                                                                                                                        do i have to tell                                                                                       of the extra challenge.          No matter how important

                                                       annual training commitment is 27 days.
                                                                                                                 what are the                           my employer?
                                                                                                                                                                                                                                                                I went to Sandhurst and
                                                                                                                                                                                                                                                                became a troop leader five
                                                                                                                                                                                                                                                                                                 you are in your civilian
                                                                                                                                                                                                                                                                                                 career, being an officer
                                                                                                                 eligibility criteria?                  Anyone who joins the TA gives the                                                                       years ago, and now I hold        brings you back down to
                                                       national units                                            To join as an officer, you must        Ministry of Defence permission to                                                                       the rank of Major.               earth. You deal with a very
                                                                                                                 be over 18 and under 35, and a         contact their employer on their                                                                         How has your relationship        different set of issues, and
                                                       National TA units recruit from across the UK. Some        citizen of the UK, Ireland or a        behalf. If you’re already a member                                                                      with the TA changed?             soldiers aren’t afraid to tell
                                                       National units have highly specialised roles and take     Commonwealth country. You              of the TA and re-engaged before                                                                         The TA means different           you when you’ve gone
                                                       on people with relevant expertise. Unlike Regional        should also have 35 ALIS points        April 2004, you’re strongly advised                                                                     things to me at different        wrong. It also helps you
                                                       units, members may have long distances to travel          in your best seven subjects at         to speak to your employer and give                                                                      stages of my life. As a          develop confidence to take
                                                       to get to their unit. For this reason their training      GCSE and 180 UCAS tariff points        the Ministry of Defence permission       andreW Gilruth                                                 student it was a way to          on complex problems,
                                                       commitment is shorter, at 19 days, and training only      at AS and A Level, but this does       to contact them. It’s best to keep       Business owner /                                               earn some money, when I          simplify them and come
                                                       takes place at weekends. All travel costs are paid for.   not apply if you’re already serving    your employer informed of your           squadron commander                                             had an office job it helped      up with a solution.
                                                                                                                 as a Territorial soldier.              Territorial commitments.

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Do you think you’re ready to become a Territorial officer? Whether you’d like to get the ball
rolling or you’d just like a little more information, these are the next steps you need to take
Joining the territorial army as an
officer is a great way to give your
                                       also an online careers office you
                                       can visit at           the territorial offer                                                  “cOmPleTINg OffIceR
life an extra dimension.               contactus, which is open from 12
                                       noon to 10pm from Monday to
                                                                              n Get good leadership and
                                                                                 management training
                                                                                                                  n Be part of a team as diverse
                                                                                                                    as the society it serves           TRaININg OPeNs
                                                                                                                                                       UP a wORld Of New
There are four main routes to a        Saturday and from 12 noon to 8pm          accredited by the Chartered      n Take part in a wide range of
commission, depending on what          on Sundays. Alternatively you can         Management institute               sporting activities, including
stage you’re at and how much           drop into your local Army Careers      n Combine the challenges and          adventurous sports such as
experience you have. Take a look
at the statements below and see
which of them applies to you.
                                       Information Office or any TA unit
                                       and you can find these online at
                                                                                rewards of Army life with your
                                                                                existing civilian career
                                                                              n Get paid at a competitive
                                                                                                                    mountaineering or diving
                                                                                                                  n Put your leadership skills to
                                                                                                                    the ultimate test by serving
   Remember that if you have any          When you think you’re ready to        daily rate for all the training     on operations overseas
questions you can find out more by     become an officer in the Territorial     you complete                      n Give your fitness a boost or
calling us on 08457 300 111 or by      Army, you can go straight to the       n Learn skills or apply your          stay in shape with the Army’s
taking a look at       Army online application form at          existing ones in a new context      training programme
online. For general queries there is

 I’m gOINg TO                           I’m alReadY                           I waNT TO be                          I seRved as
 UNIveRsITY                             seRvINg as a                          a dIRecT eNTRY                        a RegUlaR
                                        Ta sOldIeR                            OffIceR
 You can join the University            You may already have been             the Direct entry route means          as an ex-regular officer, your
 officer training Corps (UOTC)          identified as a Unit Potential        you can start officer training        leadership skill and military
 when you get to university, or         Officer (Unit PO) by the staff        even if you haven’t had any           expertise will be highly valued
 become a TA Sponsored Officer          at your TA unit, in which case        previous military experience,         by Territorial units. Depending
 (TASO). Talk to the UOTC at            you’ll be told how to begin           provided you pass a medical           on when you left the Army,
 your Freshers’ Fair, or find their     your application. If not, you         and an initial interview. For         rejoining can be as simple as
 contact details at        can speak to your platoon or          administrative reasons you            signing a form to transfer your
 UotC/joining.aspx. As a TASO,          troop commander who will              join as a soldier, but hold the       commission to a new unit, and
 you join a TA unit but do your         discuss the options with you          rank of Officer Cadet during          you won’t have to complete any
 officer training through a UOTC.       and set you on the right path.        your training. You can apply to       further training. Drop into a
 Alternatively you can train with       If you’re planning to go to           become a Direct Entry Officer         Territorial unit or your local
 any Regional or National TA unit       University you should discuss         online at applicationform.            Army Careers Information
 while you study. UOTC officer          the possibility of becoming a Shortly              Office to find out more. You
 cadets who wish to start the           TA Sponsored Officer (TASO)           after you will be contacted by        can find their addresses and
 commissioning process should           with your Permanent Staff             a Deputy Brigade Commander            telephone numbers online at
 talk to their Company Commander.       Administration Officer.               or another regional contact.

    “officer training is
  the best preparation
    for life as a leader”

           The Army divides its
       roles into seven job groups,
        and officers have a part to
            play in all of them.

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