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Graduate soldier - British Army


make a real difference
make the step from
student to soldier...
It’s important to make the right choices when you leave university.
Becoming a British Army soldier gives you the chance to use what you
have learned and get the most out of life. It is one of the most exciting
jobs in the world and a great way to start your career.
The Army will invest in your training and broaden your horizons. It will
provide countless opportunities to use the skills and qualifications you
gained at university while helping you acquire new ones. It will push you
to your limits, but give you the space you need for family and friends.

                                                                                  “the army Will invest
If you crave responsibility at an early stage in your career, the Army will
encourage you to pursue your goals. If you want a secure job combined
with the chance to travel the world, the Army will let you have both.

                                                                                   in your training and
This brochure will introduce you to one of the most exciting career paths
around. You’ll get to meet people just like you – university graduates who
have taken the step and never looked back. If you think you might have

                                                                                   broaden your horizons”
what it takes to join the Army, then read on and find out more.

    04 on the job soldiers who are 18 life you know you can combine
       Meet graduate                  Did
                                           in the territorials

       reaping the rewards of Army life       Army life with a civilian career?

    12 thethe perks and benefits of
           offer explained
                                          19 Where do youjobs in to be?
                                             Find out about
       a career in the Army                   Army and where you’d fit in

    14 Where in the World than
       Soldiers operate in more
                                          32 the guidecan phase 1
                                             What you
                                                          expect during
       80 countries. Ready to travel?         an Army training course

    16 adrenaline guaranteed!
       Sport is an important part of
                                          34 next route to a career as

       Army life. Find out why...             a soldier in the British Army


“as a soldier                                                                                                                       katie neighbour
 you can                                                                                                                            ROYAL eNGINeeRS

 use your                                                                                                                           Katie, 25, studied Public Services at Anglia
                                                                                                                                    Ruskin University. She’d been thinking about a

 skills more                                                                                                                        career in the Army since she was a teenager but
                                                                                                                                    always knew she wanted to go to university first.

 robert finan                                                                                           robert finan
signaller ROYAL SIGNALS                                                                                 signaller
                                                                                                        ROYAL SIGNALS
                                                                            Robert, 26, studied Computer Science and
                                                                            Games Development at Hull University. He
                                                                            joined the Army as a Communications Systems
                                                                            Engineer in the Royal Signals in 2008.

                                                                            Why did you choose the Army as a career?
                                                                            I didn’t want a job where I’d have to spend
                                                                            eight hours a day staring at lines of code. It’s
                                                                            hard to get a hands-on job in the civilian world        What job do you do?
                                                                            without work experience. The Army offered the           I’m a Geographical Technician in the Royal
                                                                            perfect option – a career where I can be an             Engineers. I basically survey the ground on
                                                                            engineer, fix computers and solve problems.             operations to make maps and 3D computer
                                                                            What are the best things about your role as a           models. It’s my job to include information such

                                                                            Royal Signals soldier?                                  as the location of roadside bombs. It’s vital for
                                                                            I’ve always loved building, fixing and taking           helping soldiers stay safe and helping officers
                                                                            apart my own computers. I wanted a job where            decide how to deploy their troops.
                                                                            I could use my skills directly, and that’s exactly      What made you decide to choose the role of
                                                                            what I’ve got. It really suits me to be doing the       Geographical Technician?
                                                                            work on the ground and getting involved with            I wanted to take on a soldier role and get my
                                                                            the technical side of things.                           hands dirty learning the job inside out. I really

and reward
                                                                            Do you get lots of on-the-job training?                 liked the idea of joining the Royal Engineers and
                                                                            You get the best training as soon as it is available.   I was encouraged to go for one of the more
                                                                            If a radio network goes down I can fix it, and if       technical roles because of my level of education.
                                                                            the Army builds a new camp out on operations            Do you get to use your university skills at all in
                                                                            I can establish a network from scratch. I’ve also       your day-to-day work?
                                                                            just completed a course on how to set up and            The presentation and report writing skills that
                                                                            fix fibre optics. The Army has even paid for my         I picked up at university have definitely helped
                                                                            driving license – things like that are great.           me already. I’ve just completed my first year of
                                                                            How do the skills you learned at university relate      training and my next Army qualification will
                                                                            to the job you’re doing now?                            require a lot more report writing.
Soldier careers offer a world of opportunities to university graduates.     There’s quite a big crossover. The technical skills
                                                                            are different but my experience of operating
                                                                                                                                    Are you enjoying your job?
                                                                                                                                    Yes, I really enjoy it. I’m going to Afghanistan at
Over the next eight pages you can meet graduate soldiers, and learn their   programmes and networks has been very useful.           the end of the year and I’m hoping operations
reasons for joining the Army and what they get out of life as a soldier                                                             will give me the best of both worlds – I’ll be
                                                                                                                                    combining the soldiering side of the job with
                                                                                       » learn more at             an academic element. Hopefully my skills will
                                                                                                                                    develop a lot while I’m out there.


                                                                                                             sally watkins                                                                    operational information
    “combining                                                                                               CORPS OF ARMY MUSIC
                                                                                                                                                                                              n When the Army goes on operations,
                                                                                                                                                                                                various elements of units get mixed

     the army                                                                                                Sally studied Music and American Studies
                                                                                                             at Keele University. She has been in the
                                                                                                                                                                                                together into a ‘battlegroup’ for a fixed
                                                                                                                                                                                                period of time. This is known as a tour

     with civilian                                                                                           Army for five years and plays the clarinet
                                                                                                             in the Band of the Coldstream Guards.
                                                                                                                                                                                              n Operational tours are the ultimate test
                                                                                                                                                                                                of your skills as a soldier – and the
     life is just                                                                                            When did you decide to join the Army?
                                                                                                                                                                                                chance to put your training into practice
                                                                                                                                                                                              n Most operational tours last six months

     matt blayney
                                                                                                             Not until after I had graduated. I thought
                                                                                                             about teaching at first but really wanted
                                                                                                                                                                                              n An intensive programme of operational
                                                                                                                                                                                                training prepares you in advance for
                                                                                                             to play in a band as part of my career – the                                       your tour
       private INFANtRY
                                                                                                             Army offered that. I’m also very sporty                                          n Most tour bases give soldiers access to
                                                                                                             and the Army provides brilliant sporting                                           email, satellite TV and DVDs. Friends
                                                                                                             opportunities, so it became more and more                                          and family can write for free
                                                                                                             appealing. I haven’t regretted it!                                               n During a six-month operational tour you
                                                                                                             What’s the best thing about the job?                                               get a two-week rest and recuperation
                                                                                                             The opportunities – particularly to further                                        (R&R) break. On completing a tour you
                                                                                                             my career and travel. I’ve been to Estonia,                                        will get up to 20 days’ additional leave
                                                                                                             Japan, Italy, Switzerland, Sweden and the
                                                                                                             USA already. I also play hockey for the Corps
                                                                                                             team and I’ve had trials for the Army team,                                          » learn more at
                                                                                                             which is fantastic. I love what I do.
                                                                                                             What other opportunities have you
                                                                                                             benefited from?
                                                                                                             The Army has sponsored me to do a Masters
                                                                                                             degree in music at Goldsmiths College and
                                                                                                             I did my Performance Diploma while

                                                                                                                                                               “i’ve done a diploma and
                                                                                                             training with the Army. My musicianship
                                                                                                             has progressed a lot because I’m playing all
                                                                                                             the time – and I’m playing an incredibly

                                                                                                                                                                a masters, all funded
                                                                                                             wide variety of music, which is really great.
                                                                                                             Would you recommend joining the Army
                                                                                                             as a soldier to other graduates?

                                                                                                                                                                by the army”
                                                                                                             Absolutely. I’ve done a diploma and Masters
                                                                                                             since I joined, and am going to do a PhD,
                                                                                                             all funded by the Army. They support you
    Matt, 21, studied History and      Is it a big commitment?           When you study history you          brilliantly. If you like to travel, the chances
    Politics at the University of      Yes. You can’t just join the      have to be able to pick out         you get are second to none. It offers loads
    East Anglia. He is a secondary     Territorials as a hobby. A lot    what is important from huge         of prospects for people who want to get on.       sally watkins
    school history teacher and an      of the guys from my training      volumes of information – and                                                          musician CORPS OF ARMY MUSIC
    Infantryman in the Territorials.   corps joined the Regular Army,    that’s a vital skill in the Army.
                                       but combining a military and      What are your future plans?
    What convinced you to join         civilian career is fantastic.     I want to commission as a
    the Territorial Army?              Are your military and             Territorial officer. I recently
    I was in the University Officer    teaching skills transferable?     passed the selection board
    Training Corps and loved           Definitely. You have to be able   and I’ll hopefully start my
    it, so I decided to join the       to argue a point and handle       officer training in July 2011.
    Territorials once I’d graduated.   information in both roles.        I can’t wait!
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                                                                                                        anthony jones
                                                                                                        ROYAL LOGIStIC CORPS

    godlove fai
    lance corporal
    Godlove was born and grew up in Cameroon.
    He moved to England to study at the London
    College of Accountancy and now puts his
    university qualifications to use as an HR
    Administrator in the Adjutant General’s Corps.

    Did you decide to join the Army at university?
    I wanted to join the Army as a youngster. When
    I came to the UK, I investigated careers that
    tied in with my skills and found that being
    an HR Administrator allows me to combine
    solidering with accountancy. It meant I could
    use my education and fulfill my ambition of
    being in the Army, and still have something to
    fall back on if I ever went back to civvy street.
    Do you use your university skills directly?
    Yes, every day. I’m glad I’ve been able to make

                                                           “ im glad i’ve
    the most of my education. It was a very tough
    degree and I didn’t want to waste it. What I’ve
    done is find the perfect balance between what
    I have studied and the soldiering I love.
    What’s the training like in the Army?
    The support you get is incredible. At the moment
    I am studying for another degree in Applied             been able to                                                                Anthony, 29, studied Colour
                                                                                                                                        Chemistry at Leeds University.
                                                                                                                                        He joined the Army as an
                                                                                                                                                                            offer me and it turned out to
                                                                                                                                                                            be something very different!
                                                                                                                                                                            Do you use your university
                                                                                                                                                                                                            How do you see your career
                                                                                                                                                                                                            Hopefully in the next 18

                                                            make the most
    Accountancy at Oxford Brookes University,                                                                                           Ammunition Technician and           skills in your current role?    months I’ll be promoted to
    which is being funded by the Army. You just                                                                                         has put his bomb disposal           Well, they don’t teach bomb     Sergeant and qualify as an
    don’t get these opportunities anywhere else.                                                                                        skills to the test in Iraq.         disposal at university, but     EOD Operator, which means

                                                            of my education”
    So would you recommend a soldier role like                                                                                                                              my chemical background          I’ll be able to lead a bomb
    the one you’re doing to other graduates?                                                                                            Why did you decide to join up?      definitely gave me a head       disposal team. I’ll work in the
    Absolutely. Very soon after you join you receive                                                                                    I didn’t join until I was 26. I’d   start in training. It helped    UK for a couple of years before
    training you’d never get in civvy street. I’m                                                                                       had enough of the Monday to         me understand all the           doing the High Threat
    learning quickly and getting lots of qualifications.                                                                                Friday, nine-to-five life. I went   chemicals used in explosives    Operators course and using
    The travel opportunities are excellent too.            godlove fai                                                                  to see what the Army could          and ammunition.                 what I’ve learned on operations.
                                                           lance corporal ADJUtANt GeNeRAL’S CORPS
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                                                                                                              anita cserbakoi
                                                                                                              qUeeN ALexANDRA’S ROYAL
                                                                                                              ARMY NURSING CORPS
                                                                                                              Anita, 23, studied nursing at Birmingham
                                                                                                              University. She thinks Army training and
                                                                                                              experience puts her ahead of the game.

                                                                                                              What does your job involve?
                                                                                                              I’m at the Medical Assessment Unit at
                                                                                                              Frimley working in triage. I prepare patients
                                                                                                              for treatment and make sure they’re in a
                                                                                                              stable condition. I enjoy it, but I’m looking
                                                                                                              forward to doing it on operations even more.
                                                                                                              What was the training like?
                                                                                                              Amazing. I’m always being sent on courses
                                                                                                              to upgrade my skills on areas like trauma
                                                                                                              training – I have developed far more than
                                                                                                              I would have as a civilian nurse. For example,
                                                                                                              I do supernumery, which is where you’re
                                                                                                              attached to a medical department as an
                                                                                                              extra member of staff, working on the ward
                                                                                                              and learning on the job. We get to do this
                                                                                                              for three months, which gives us a great
                                                                                                              chance to really learn from the experience.
                                                                                                              What else do you like about the Army?
                                                                                                              The range of opportunities. I’ve been to
                                                                                                              Kenya, I’ve worked as a nurse in Vietnam
                                                                                                              on an Army project, and I’ve done so much
                                                                                                              adventure training – I’ve just come back
                                                                                                              from skydiving in California. These kinds
                                                                                                              of opportunities are what makes the Army
                                                                                                              stand out. I think I must have recruited
                                                                                                              about eight or nine other nurses to the

                                                                                                                                                               “i’m way ahead of
                                                                                                              Army from my university already!

     Sergeant Neil Brewster of the      training is faster than when        lot of my job is management.
     Intelligence Corps studied         I joined, with more financial       I don’t mind that now I’m a

                                                                                                                                                                where i’d have been
     sociology and economics at         incentives to learn quickly.        bit older, but as a 21-year-old
     university before joining up as    What does your role involve         graduate I didn’t feel ready
     a Military Intelligence Linguist   on a day-to-day basis?              for a management role.

                                                                                                                                                                as a civilian nurse”
                                        I served on three tours as          Are there many graduates
     What’s the language training       a Military Intelligence             in the Intelligence Corps?
     like in the Army?                  Linguist. Now I assess what         Yes, the level of education is
     Very good – you spend 15           specialist training soldiers        very high. Whatever degree
     months learning a language
     to degree level, then you go
                                        need to do their jobs effectively
                                        on operations. I’ve been
                                                                            you did, you can always find
                                                                            something really challenging
                                                                                                                                                                anita cserbakoi
     on operations to use it. The       promoted to Sergeant and a          in the Intelligence Corps.                                                          corporal qUeeN ALexANDRA’S
                                                                                                                                                                ROYAL ARMY NURSING CORPS     » learn more at
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                                                                                                the perks of
                                                                                                an armyjob
                                                                                                good pay, great benefits and unbeatable career development

what’s in
                                                                                                – you’re on to a good thing when you join the British Army
                                                                                                golden Hello                      Benefits                          fAst trAcking
                                                                                                You could get paid a one-off      Soldiers receive a competitive    there are more than 140 jobs
                                                                                                lump sum, known in the            benefits package that includes    on offer in the Army, from
                                                                                                Army as a ‘golden Hello’, if      subsidised accommodation          engineering and cryptography

it for me?
                                                                                                you join the regular Army         and food, on-site sports and      to overseas liaison and
                                                                                                with certain qualifications.      entertainment facilities, free    management accounting.
                                                                                                  the amounts on offer vary       medical and dental care,          Many of these roles offer a
                                                                                                from £1250 to £4500 – the         discounted rail travel and        fast track through the ranks,
                                                                                                exact figure you are eligible     subsidised crèche and nursery     meaning increased pay and
                                                                                                to receive will depend on the     facilities on most bases.         responsibility come sooner
                                                                                                type and level of qualification     Your wellbeing is important     for those prepared to put in
                                                                                                you have. not a bad start to      to the Army. You’ll be looked     the extra effort that such
                                                                                                anyone’s career!                  after with regular medical        positions demand.
                                                                                                                                  examinations and fitness
Whether you want to apply the skills you learned at university in your                                                            tests. Army doctors and
                                                                                                                                  dentists are always on hand
job or master something completely different, the Army’s competitive                                                              and you won’t pay for any
pay and benefits package will support you through your Army career                                                                treatment you receive. If your
                                                                                                                                  family are living with you
                                                                                                                                  abroad, they will enjoy the
                                                                                                                                  same healthcare entitlements.
    Being a soldier is much more than          on role from day one,” says Corporal Lewis
    just a job. With all the opportunities     Lloyd, an Electronics Technician in the Royal    lifelong                          tiMe off                          AlloWAnces
    for worldwide travel and leadership        Electrical and Mechanical Engineers. “My         leArning                          soldiers get 38 days of paid      And pensions
         development, the Army is the          job is extremely varied – I’m putting my         In the Army you can gain          leave a year – more than          The Army offers all kinds of
          perfect place for graduates to       skills to use on all kinds of equipment.”        professional qualifications       most civilian companies           financial support to its Regular
           use their qualifications to build                                                    in areas such as healthcare,      offer. You might have to work     soldiers. With allowances that
            a rewarding career.                grAduAte gAins                                   languages, management,            on some Bank Holidays but         cover everything from travel to
               But life in the Army is not     Lewis has discovered that a degree can offer     accountancy, engineering          your evenings and weekends        work to subsidies that recognise
            just about excitement and          surprising benefits to those thinking of a       and human resources.              are usually free. operational     the dangers of serving on
            adventure, it has many practical   career as a soldier. “The knowledge I picked       Many of these are accredited    tours can last six months.        operations, and even interest
            benefits too. With competitive     up at university helped me fast track through    by professional bodies such       You are flown home for two        free loans to help you buy
            pay and a level of career          my trade training” he says. “I was promoted      as the Chartered Management       weeks during your tour and        your own property, there are
            development that goes far          to Corporal earlier than normal, and so was      Institute, and are widely         given extra leave when it ends.   plenty of benefits available.
         beyond what most civilian             given a better salary and more responsibility.   recognised by employers                                                Soldiers in the Regular
                                                                                                in the civilian job market.                                         Army also benefit from a final
         employers offer, the Army will        There are Army roles that will suit everyone,
                                                                                                  You will also be issued with                                      salary pension scheme as long
        help you achieve your goals –          no matter what degree you did. I would
                                                                                                a Personal Development                                              as they have served for a
        whatever they might be.                encourage anyone to give it a go.”               Record when you join, which                                         minimum of two years. Those
           “My main aim was to find a             Take a look at the benefits on offer for      allows you to map your career                                       who serve for over 18 years
         career that allowed me to use my      soldiers (right) to see how you could make       progress against your own                                           can qualify for a tax-free lump
         engineering degree in a hands-        your degree work harder for you.                 personal goals.                                                     sum from the age of 40.


Join the                                                                        canada                            Jamaica                                                   giBraltar                            germany                              iraq                                 aFghanistan

army, see                                                                       Canada is home to British
                                                                                Army Training Unit Suffield
                                                                                                                  The British Army runs an
                                                                                                                  annual exchange programme
                                                                                                                                                                               British Army presence on ‘The
                                                                                                                                                                               Rock’, the peninsula attached
                                                                                                                                                                                                                   The largest number of the
                                                                                                                                                                                                                   Army’s overseas soldiers is
                                                                                                                                                                                                                                                         British soldiers have been
                                                                                                                                                                                                                                                         deployed on Operation Telic
                                                                                                                                                                                                                                                                                              The Army has been fighting
                                                                                                                                                                                                                                                                                              in Afghanistan since 2001

the world
                                                                                (BATUS). It’s equal in size to    with the Jamaican Defence                                    to the south coast of Spain,        based in Germany. The British         from the start of the Allied         as part of the International
                                                                                all the Army’s training areas     Force. A unit of British troops                              takes the form of the Royal         Army has been there since the         invasion in 2003. Only a small       Security Assistance Force
                                                                                in Europe put together, and       goes out to the Caribbean                                    Gibraltar Regiment, an Infantry     end of WWII in case the Soviet        number are still there, some         (ISAF). The main aim is to
                                                                                every year 7000 soldiers travel   for six weeks to take part in                                unit made up of locals, run by      Union attacked. Now that              in the capital, Baghdad,             provide a secure environment
                                                                                to Canada to train. Huge-scale    a jungle training exercise,                                  members of the British Armed        threat has disappeared but            providing training to Iraqi          in which the Afghanistan
                                                                                exercises take place here over    while a company of Jamaican                                  Forces. Army units also visit       some 18,000 British troops            soldiers and police officers         government can begin to
                                                                                a number of weeks.                soldiers trains in the UK.                                   the colony to train.                still live and work there.            as part of a NATO task force.        reconstruct the country.
From jungles to plains, mountains to oceans,                                    Miles from home: 4100             Miles from home: 4500                                        Miles from home: 1235               Miles from home: 540                  Miles from home: 2730                Miles from home: 3600
soldiers do their fair share of foreign travel
Have boots, will travel – that’s          Your first taste of military
certainly true of life in the Army.    overseas travel could come just
Whether fighting wars or keeping       months into your Army career.
the peace, British soldiers are        After completing Phase 1 and 2
active in more than 80 different       training (see page 32) you will join
countries across the globe.            your unit, which could mean a
  You might find yourself in the       posting to Germany or Cyprus.
heat of a battle in Afghanistan,         As your career progresses you
or in the midst of a monsoon           will have the chance to travel to
delivering aid to locals. You could    many more countries through
be drinking out of a coconut in        operations, exercises and expeditions.
the jungle, trekking high in the         Take a look at this map to find
Himalayan mountains or diving          out just a few of the places the
deep in the ocean.                     Army is active in the world today.

 from page 9
 life in the field
 anthony Jones                                                                  BeliZe                            FalKland islands                  sierra leone                         Kenya                               cyprus                                Brunei
 corporal royal logistic corps
 What’s it like doing     How many people           What’s the best bit
 your job on ops?         were in your team?        about Army life?
 Working in bomb          There were four of        The variety and travel.
 disposal in Iraq could   us. We all got on         I’ve been skiing in         British Army Training Support     Ever since the Falklands War      The Army’s International              Soldiers work here as part of       The Army has two bases on             This tiny state on the jungle
                                                                                Unit Belize (BATSUB) is a         in 1982 the Army has kept         Military Assistance Training          the British Peace Support           the Mediterranean island              island of Borneo in the South
 get pretty nervy. For    really well because       Germany and I’m
                                                                                permanent training unit in        a garrison on the Islands to      Team (IMATT (SL)) in Sierra           Team, providing peacekeeping,       of Cyprus. They are British           China Sea hosts an Army
 the operator, the        we worked in a small,     hoping to go to the         this small Central American       deter anyone who might think      Leone has been helping the            training and humanitarian aid.      sovereign territory, support a        garrison of Infantry soldiers,
 soldier responsible      close-knit team in        Ammunition Depot            country. Soldiers come here       of invading again. British        government of this troubled           Three Infantry battalions also      number of units and provide           who are there at the request of
 for actually diffusing   dangerous situations.     in Belize soon. You         to practise jungle warfare,       soldiers are also stationed       West African country to build         come to the British Army            a stepping stone for Britain          the Sultan of Brunei. Training
 the bomb, the nerves     No-one got called ‘Sir’   really can see the          learning to dodge bullets as      in other areas of the South       and train an effective and            Training Unit Kenya (BATUK)         to the Middle East. There are         Team Brunei is also based
 must have been 100       – we were all on first    world in the Army –         well as deadly spiders in the     Atlantic, including South         disciplined army so it can take       each year in preparation for        also British soldiers working in      here, teaching soldiers the
                                                                                tropical rainforest.              Georgia and Ascension Island.     care of its own security.             deployment to Afghanistan.          Cyprus for the United Nations.        art of jungle warfare.
 times worse!             name terms.               there’s a lot on offer.
                                                                                Miles from home: 5000             Miles from home: 7950             Miles from home: 3150                 Miles from home: 4350               Miles from home: 2200                 Miles from home: 7100

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                                                                                                 karl pOvey
                                                                                                 Royal aRmouRed coRps                                       room for improvement
                                                                                                 Karl has spent several operational tours
                                                                                                 commanding nimble reconnaissance                           There’s a lot to take in during the first few weeks of
                                                                                                 vehicles in Iraq. When he’s not on Army                    Army training, so you should aim to be at the front of
                                                                                                 duty, he gets his adrenaline fix by pushing                the pack when it comes to fitness.
                                                                                                 himself to the limit on a mountain bike.                     That doesn’t mean you’ll have to shell out for a gym
                                                                                                                                                            membership though. You can improve your strength
                                                                                                                                                                                                                          DiD you Know?
                                                                                                                                                                                                                          tO pass army selectiOn yOu’ll
                                                                                                 What’s the appeal of mountain biking?                      and fitness with a few half-hour sessions a week – and        need tO cOmplete a 1.5-mile run
                                                                                                 I used to run for the Army, but had to stop                most of it can be done in the comfort of your bedroom…
                                                                                                 because of injury. When I recovered, I started
                                                                                                 riding to keep fit. I used to run 100 miles a
                                                                                                 week and when I stopped, it left a void. I’m
                                                                                                 now training hard again and pushing myself,
                                                                                                 which is great, and the Army encourages me

fit fOr
                                                                                                 to keep at it. It’s a serious thrill, especially                                                                 4

                                                                                                 when you’re speeding down narrow, twisty                                2

                                                                                                 tracks, and trying to ignore the steep drop-                                                        3
                                                                                                 offs on either side.
                                                                                                 Have you entered any competitions?                                             1
                                                                                                 A few. I’ve taken part in the TransWales race.
                                                                                                 It’s about 60 miles a day for seven days.

                                                                                                 What’s being a tank commander like?
                                                                                                 You have to use your initiative, especially
                                                                                                 when you are on a reconnaissance mission.
                                                                                                 You might be in a small tank behind enemy                                                       5

                                                                                                 lines and you have to use your own skills and
                                                                                                 seize chances. Any information you pass back
                                                                                                 can make a big difference to a lot of people.
                                                                                                                                                             1 warm up and dOwn
                                                                                                                                                             Jog on the spot for several minutes, then give
                                                                                                                                                             your muscles a good stretch. Cool down with
                                                                                                                                                             some light jogging and stretching.
 Keeping in shape is an essential part of being a soldier.
 With all the sports on offer it’s also a perk of the job
                                                                                                                               2 pull-ups               3 triceps dips              4 sQuats                  5 press-ups            6 sit-ups
                                                                                                                               n Only do this if you                                n Stand with your           Always keep your
                                                                                                                                                                                                                                     n Lie on a soft surface
                                                                                                                                                        n With your arms                                      n
 There will be times in every soldier’s career    are playing for fun or aspiring to represent                                   have a beam above        and legs straight,          back straight and         hands shoulder-        with your knees
 when they are asked to perform tasks in very     their country at the Olympics one day.                                         head height that can     rest your hands             your feet shoulder-       width apart            bent at a 90° angle
 difficult conditions and to a challenging           The Army also has access to worldwide                                       hold your weight         behind you on a             width apart             n Bend your elbows     n Secure your feet

 deadline. If they haven’t toughened up their     facilities for extreme sports including                                      n Hang from the beam       sturdy chair              n Bend at the knees         to lower your body     under a fixed object
 mind and body to operate under stress then       climbing, white-water rafting, skiing and                                      with your arms         n Lower your body             until they reach          until your chest     n Raise your body in a

 they might not be able to get the job done.      caving. This kind of training – known in the                                   straight                 until you arms              a 90° angle               is just one inch       slow and controlled
 Being fit helps prepare the body to cope         Army as adventurous training – is good for                                   n Pull up until your       are bent at 90°           n Raise yourself back       off the floor          movement to 45°
                                                                                                                                                        n Push yourself back                                  n Push yourself
 with these stresses better.                      developing fitness, courage and endurance.                                     chin clears the beam                                 to the start, making                           n Lower yourself back

    But Army fitness is not just about obstacle      The risky nature of these sports also                                     n Lower yourself           up until you reach          sure you keep your        back up to the         to the floor in a
 courses and endless marches. Participating       means leadership and risk assessment skills                                    back down                the start position          back straight             starting position      controlled movement
                                                                                                                                                        n Do as many as you                                   n Do as many as you
 in sport promotes teamwork and tactical          are developed and tested in a challenging                                    n Do as many as you                                  n Do as many as you                              n Do as many as you
                                                                                                                                                          can in one minute                                     can in one minute
 awareness. It is actively encouraged and         environment, giving soldiers the qualities                                     can in one minute                                    can in one minute                                can in one minute
 supported, regardless of whether soldiers        and determination they need to succeed.

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                                                                                                         at your Territorial unit. The daily rate is
                                                                                                         equivalent to that received by a Regular

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join the
                                                                                                         civilian salary is higher than your Army pay,
                                                                                                         you can claim the difference in pay up to a
                                                                                                         certain amount. You can also claim for the
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                                                                                                         employer provides while you’re away, such
                                                                                                         as health insurance or school fees.             From Intelligence Operative to Postal courier Operator, the
                                                                                                                                                         range of soldier roles on offer gives you a world of opportunity
                                                                                                         If you are deployed on
                                                                                                         operations, your job is
                                                                                                                                                         There are more than 140 jobs in the Army,
Take advantage of the best bits of Army life in your spare time                                          protected under The
                                                                                                                                                         grouped into categories by the skills needed
                                                                                                                                                         and their specific roles on the battlefield.
                                                      some 40,000 highly trained personnel ready to      Reserve Forces
If you’re unsure about joining the Army full-                                                                                                               To work safely and effectively, all units,
                                                      deploy in support of their Regular colleagues      (Safeguard of
time, becoming a Territorial soldier could be a                                                                                                          known as corps, must pull together. Be they
                                                      on exercises and operations overseas.              Employment) Act 1985.
great way to expand your horizons and develop                                                                                                            Infantry soldiers, engineers, drivers or dog
the skills you learned at university. Training            “I joined the Territorials because I wanted    Under this Act, employers
                                                                                                                                                         handlers, everyone has a key role to play and
                                                                                                                                                                                                            contentS                   p25 Royal Signals

                                                      to concentrate on my teaching career but I was     are guilty of an offence                                                                           p20 Infantry               p26 Royal Electrical and
takes place in your spare time so it works in                                                                                                            all must combine to get the job done.                                             Mechanical Engineers
                                                      really interested in the Army too,” says Private   if they terminate your                                                                             p21 Royal Artillery
tandem with your other career. What’s more,                                                                                                                 Over the next 12 pages you can find out
                                                      Matt Blayney (see page 6). “Combining them         employment solely or                                                                                                          p27 Army Air Corps
you’ll get paid to develop skills that are valued                                                                                                        more about the different parts of the Army,        p22 Household Cavalry/
                                                      is fantastic. I’ve got a tour of Cyprus coming     mainly because of your                                                                                                        p28 Army Medical Services
in business and can make your CV really stand                                                                                                            how they fit together, and which part might            Royal Armoured Corps
                                                      up and I’ll be going to Afghanistan after that.    liability to be called up
out from the crowd.                                                                                                                                      suit you best. You can also find out about         p23 Royal Engineers        p30 Intelligence Corps
                                                      It just shows all the options you can choose in    for military service.
   The Territorials make up a quarter of the Army’s                                                                                                      the wide range of opportunities on offer.          p24 Royal Logistic Corps   p31 Adjutant General’s Corps
total strength and play a key role, providing         the Army – there’s something for everybody.”

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inFantry (inf)                                                                                                                artillery (RA)
            infantry soldiers give the Army its                                                                                               The soldiers of the Royal           different roles with different regiments during   rocket System uses powerful long-range rockets
            strength on the ground. Whether                                                                                                   Artillery operate the Army’s big    their careers.                                    and GPS technology to attack targets, such as
            engaging insurgents in close combat                                                                                               guns. From surveillance experts                                                       headquarters and fuel dumps, that are outside
            or helping local communities, they                                                                                                operating on the front line with    n   close support                                 the reach of conventional weaponry.
use their training and expertise where it matters                                                                             the latest combat equipment to soldiers with        Equipped with the hard-hitting aS90 self-
most – at the heart of the action.                                                                                            rocket systems that can clear kilometres of         propelled gun or the highly mobile 105mm light    n   air deFence
   Accounting for a quarter of the Army’s total                                                                               ground in an instant, the Gunners’ job is to        gun, the close support regiments work alongside   Tasked with protecting ground units
strength, the infantry is split into regiments,                                                                               find targets and destroy them.                      other combat units, using the force of their      and important locations such as bridges and
each with a strong identity based on its history                                                                                 There are five main roles covered by the         firepower to knock enemy units out of action.     headquarters, the air defence regiments are
and traditions. There are four roles (below),                                                                                 Royal Artillery’s regiments. Each has a different                                                     equipped with surface-to-air missile systems
as well as The Parachute Regiment and Royal                                                                                   part to play on the battlefield. Soldiers in the    n   general support                               that can bring down enemy aircraft.
Gurkha Rifles who operate in the Air Assault                                                                                  Artillery will have the opportunity to serve in     With a range of over 70km, the Multiple launch
role and Light role respectively. Some                                                                                                                                                                                              n   surveillance and
regiments may also have a ceremonial role.                                                                                                                                                                                              target acquisition
                                                                                                                                                                                                                                    royal artillery surveillance units operate
n   air assault inFantry                                                                                                                                                                                                            sophisticated technology, including radar
Using helicopters or aircraft to carry them                                                                                                                                                                                         and remotely controlled unmanned air vehicles
to key locations on the battlefield, air assault                                                                                                                                                                                    to track enemy artillery fire and locate targets.
infantry rely on speed and surprise.                                                                                                                                                                                                One of the units works closely with Special
                                                                                                                                                                                                                                    Forces on an operational basis.
n   Mechanised inFantry
Mechanised infantry use armoured personnel                                                                                                                                                                                          n   cereMonial
carriers to deliver them into action.                                                                                                                                                                                               The royal artillery has its own mounted unit,
                                                                                                                                                                                                                                    the King’s Troop, royal Horse artillery, which
n   arMoured inFantry                                                                                                                                                                                                               is based in london. its guns are used to fire
The armoured infantry take and hold ground,                                                                                                                                                                                         salutes and, along with its distinctive black
with the fast and heavily armed Warrior vehicles.                                                                                                                                                                                   horses, the Troop plays a key part on many
                                                                                                                                                                                                                                    state occasions.
n   light role inFantry
Highly mobile and versatile, light role infantry
operate in a wide range of environments, from
                                                                                                                                                                                                                                        job focus
mountains to urban areas.                                                                                                                                                                                                               Weapon Locating
                                                                                                                                                                                                                                        Radar Operator
    job focus                                                                                                                                                                                                                           “I’m a Weapon Locating Radar Operator on
    Infantry Soldier                                                                                                                                                                                                                    the MAMBA and COBRA vehicles,” says
                                                                                                                                                                                                                                        lance Bombardier Nikki Halliday. “i use
    As a vital part of the Army’s front-       learn essential soldiering skills such                                                                                                                                                   detection systems to track down enemy
    line team you’ll be involved in            as how to survive in all environments                                                                                                                                                    missiles.” Nikki, 24, did a degree in Sports
    everything from peacekeeping and           and use a variety of weapons.                                                                                                                                                            Studies and Physical Education, and decided
    disaster relief to full-scale war.           You’ll also develop first class                                                                                                                                                        the army was for her after she graduated.
      You’ll spend your life in the thick of   communication skills and can go                                                                                                                                                            “i’ve risen through the ranks and now,
    the action as part of the army’s elite     on to specialise in advanced combat                                                                                                                                                      after three years, i’m about to get my next
    fighting force, combining bravery and      roles such as Sniper, Mortarman,                                                                                                                                                         promotion to Bombardier. That can take
    skill to face the enemy head-on. You’ll    Combat Medic or infantry Commando.                                                                                                                                                       some people six or seven years,” she says.

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household                                                                                           job focus                                       royal
cavalry (HCAV)                                                                                      CbRn Specialist                                 engineers (RE)
& royal                                                                                             As a CBRN Specialist, you’ll play a key part
                                                                                                    in keeping soldiers safe from chemical,                    in conflict or in peacetime, the Corps   n   arMoured engineers                                n   air assault engineers
arMoured                                                                                            biological, radiological and nuclear threats.
                                                                                                      Your job is to check for hazardous and
                                                                                                                                                               of Royal Engineers rises to some of
                                                                                                                                                               the toughest challenges that military
                                                                                                                                                                                                        Provide support to armoured infantry or tank units.   Parachute-trained to work with and support
                                                                                                                                                                                                                                                              the air assault Brigade.

corps (RAC)                                                                                         lethal materials in areas where soldiers are
                                                                                                    operating, using hi-tech detection equipment.
                                                                                                                                                               life can present. Their role is to
                                                                                                                                                    provide engineering support, enabling other
                                                                                                                                                                                                        n   Field engineers
                                                                                                                                                                                                        Help clear obstacles and provide fresh water.         n   BoMB disposal engineers
                                                                                                    Specially sealed suits and air-tight vehicles   units to get on with their jobs.                                                                          Safely dispose of unexploded enemy munitions.
                  The Household Cavalry and       n   ForMation reconnaissance                      will keep you safe. During training you will       From clearing a path through a minefield         n   airBorne and coMMando
                  the Royal Armoured Corps        This involves gathering information on enemy      be introduced to the science behind the         to providing clean water for an African village,        engineers                                         n   geographic engineers
                  present a potent combination    movements using stealth equipment.                detection and containment of hazardous          the Corps carries out a huge range of tasks.        Work closely with Paras and Commandos.                Give geographic support and terrain analysis.
                  of mobility and firepower.                                                        materials, as well as learning how to           With specialist skills specific to their roles
   Soldiers in the Household Cavalry belong to    n   arMoured                                      decontaminate your vehicles and kit.            as well as the combat engineering expertise         n   aMphiBious engineers                              n   royal engineer divers
either The Life Guards or The Blues and Royals.   armoured regiments use the Challenger 2                                                           needed on the battlefield, its soldiers are         Help units to cross rivers using amphibious rigs.     Perform underwater construction and demolition.
They can also opt to serve in the Household       main battle tank to overwhelm enemy units.                                                        resourceful and versatile. Over the course
Cavalry Mounted Regiment, which performs                                                                                                            of a career, they can train for several of the      n   air support engineers                             n   special Forces
ceremonial duties on state occasions. They are    n   cBrn                                                                                          following specialist roles:                         repair airfields and maintain operations.             Provide engineering support for Special Forces.
trained fighters and also deploy on operations.   The detection and decontamination of chemical,
   The Royal Armoured Corps uses powerful         biological, radiological and nuclear materials.
tanks to find enemy positions and destroy their
armour. it offers soldiers a choice of combat,    n   cereMonial
reconnaissance and CBRN roles (see panel,         The Household Cavalry Mounted regiment
right) in the thick of the action.                parades during state occasions.

                                                                                                                                                                                                                                 job focus
                                                                                                                                                                                                                                 Geographic Technician
                                                                                                                                                                                                                                 If it’s an academically challenging     compile, prepare and manage
                                                                                                                                                                                                                                 job you’re after you should think       geographic data and conduct
                                                                                                                                                                                                                                 about becoming a Geographic             terrain analysis.
                                                                                                                                                                                                                                 Technician. The job is incredibly         You need technical and
                                                                                                                                                                                                                                 demanding – you need to pass            mathematical aptitude to perform
                                                                                                                                                                                                                                 a five-day aptitude test to even        this job. Further into your career
                                                                                                                                                                                                                                 be considered for this role.            you can specialise and may be
                                                                                                                                                                                                                                   Geo Techs use cutting-edge            able to take courses that can count
                                                                                                                                                                                                                                 iT systems and technology to            towards another degree.

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royal                                                                                   royal signals
logistic                                                                                (R signAls)
corps (RlC)                                                                                      in the operational arena, intelligence is
                                                                                                 passed from the front line to decision-
             The RLC is responsible for                                                          makers, orders are issued to combat
             keeping the Army equipped and                                                       units, targets are identified and soldiers
             fed wherever it operates. it is the                                        communicate with each other. All of these
             most diverse corps in the Army                                             processes rely on the Royal Corps of Signals.
and offers the largest range of jobs. There are                                         it’s their job to ensure that vital information
five main roles within the Corps:                                                       can be exchanged quickly and securely.
                                                                                           The challenge of providing safe, reliable
n   transport and distriBution                                                          communications under difficult conditions
Transport units deal with the movement of food                                          means the Army’s signalling specialists have to
and equipment to anyone who needs them.                                                 stay on top of cutting-edge technology. Soldiers
                                                                                        in the Royal Signals are fully trained to set
n   MaritiMe operations                                                                 up and run communications networks from
With its own fleet of vessels, the rlC also handles                                     scratch and have the skills needed to repair
cargo in areas without proper port facilities.                                          all sorts of components, from cabling to
                                                                                        generators. They’re always learning new skills
n   supply operations                                                                   to keep up with the latest battlefield equipment.
The rlC manages and stores critical supplies like
fuel, food and ammunition.

n   catering operations
rlC Chefs provide nutritious meals for army units
by managing and preparing food.

n   specialist roles
There are many of these, ranging from bomb
disposal to running the army’s postal service.

    job focus                                                                            job focus
    Ammunition Technician                                                                Electronic Warfare
    As an explosives expert you’ll handle, test
                                                                                         Systems Operator

                                                                                                                                              “arMy signallers
    and dispose of bullets and bombs, ensuring                                           Your job is to eavesdrop on the enemy,
    the safety of British troops in combat.                                              finding and blocking their messages with
      You will be trained to test, repair and safely                                     the latest hi-tech digital equipment.
    store everything from ammunition clips for
    assault rifles to anti-aircraft missile systems.
                                                                                         Elite training will unravel the science of
                                                                                         electronic warfare and teach you to intercept
                                                                                                                                               have to stay on top
                                                                                                                                               oF cutting-edge
    Disposal of ammunition, including guided                                             a range of battlefield signals and messages.
    weapons is also a major part of your role.                                             You’ll learn about radio waves, satellite
      During training you will study the science                                         technology, advanced computer skills and

    behind all the army’s ammunition, and later                                          how to use various antennae and devices in
    in your career you could work as part of                                             order to carry out highly sensitive work such
    a bomb disposal team.                                                                as intercepting enemy messages.

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royal                                                                                 arMy                                                   The fast and agile Lynx helicopter moves
                                                                                                                                          ahead of the main force, locating enemy
                                                                                                                                                                                              job focus
electrical &                                                                          air corps (AAC)                                     positions and relaying information about
                                                                                                                                          potential hazards back to the commanders.
Mechanical                                                                                        The Army Air Corps is one of the
                                                                                                                                             The Corps also airlifts soldiers and supplies
                                                                                                                                          into locations unobtainable by ground vehicles.
                                                                                                                                                                                              As part of your career you can apply for
                                                                                                                                                                                              pilot selection. Those who are accepted

engineers                                                                                         smallest combat arms in the Army,
                                                                                                  but its fleet of helicopters makes it
                                                                                                                                          it is also instrumental in evacuating casualties,
                                                                                                                                          which makes it vital in humanitarian
                                                                                                                                                                                              and pass the training provide support for
                                                                                                                                                                                              combat troops by tackling enemy targets,

(REME)                                                                                            one of the most potent. Providing
                                                                                      firepower from the skies, it has a unique role
                                                                                                                                          operations as well as on the battlefield.
                                                                                                                                             Every helicopter is backed by groundcrew
                                                                                                                                                                                              airlifting troops or evacuating casualties.
                                                                                                                                                                                                Soldiers can transfer from other corps
                                                                                      to play on the modern battlefield.                  who are skilled in all aspects of preparing these   in the army to become helicopter pilots.
         The Royal Electrical and Mechanical                                             With its Apache attack helicopters, the          machines for operations, from loading the           receiving some of the best flying training
         Engineers are responsible for the                                            corps delivers hard-hitting support to ground       armament to maintaining the airframe and            in the world, you will be well placed to take
         maintenance and repair of all Army                                           forces on operations. Equipped with anti-tank       managing the on-board electronics systems.          on new challenges as a pilot, which might
         equipment, from 9mm pistols to                                               missiles, rockets and a fearsome gun, the              Both in the air and on the ground, the           even include two-year exchange tours with
Challenger 2 tanks. REME’s expert technicians                                         Apache is able to take on enemy tanks with          opportunities offered by the Army Air Corps         other countries’ armed forces.
have the skills needed to fix equipment and get                                       speed and precision.                                are as varied as its role.
it back to the soldiers who need it.
   Many REME units operate close to the front
line, where the demands on equipment and the
need to keep it serviceable are at their most
intense. Known as 1st Line Units or Light Aid
Detachments, they work alongside other units
carrying out basic repairs to their vehicles and
weaponry, as well as offering engineering advice.
   These are backed by 2nd Line Units, or
REME battalions, who have the means to make
more complex repairs and provide in-depth
equipment support further from the front line.
As every deployable unit in the Army has its
own REME support team, REME soldiers can
also serve with units such as The Parachute
Regiment and The Commandos.

 job focus
 Electronics Technician
 Your specialist skills, required to service
 some of the Army’s most advanced kit,
 will be in constant demand on the
 battlefield. You will become familiar with                                            “the arMy air corps
                                                                                        has a unique
 engineering and electronics workshops,
 and learn how to repair combat systems,
 optronics and guided missile launchers.
   Training covers the repair of electronic                                             role to play
 systems and standard engineering practice.
 You can also pick up professional trade                                                on the Modern
 qualifications, which can open up fantastic
 job opportunities in the army and beyond.                                              BattleField”
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arMy Medical
services (AMs)
the royal arMy                                                                                              surveillance for disease and biological attacks)
Medical corps ( RAMC )                                                                                      and medical intelligence.
          From first aid on the front line to                                                                  The RAVC deploys on operations to look
          physiotherapy for sports injuries, the                                                            after the Army’s animals, but also to advise
          Royal Army Medical Corps provides                                                                 commanders on the best means of employing
          first-class healthcare for every soldier                                                          them. They also have a humanitarian role to
and officer in the Army.                                                                                    play, providing veterinary care to animals
   in the UK, the Corps works closely with                                                                  owned by civilians in areas of conflict. Military
the NHS, ensuring that its staff keep up with                                                               Working Dogs play a vital role in a conflict
the latest medical practice and get the chance                                                              zone, detecting and apprehending intruders
to train for further medical qualifications, right                                                          as well as searching for hidden arms and
up to and including postgraduate level.                                                                     explosives. it’s the job of the RAVC’s Dog
   Whenever the Army deploys on operations                                                                  Handlers to shape their behaviour and
overseas, RAMC soldiers go with them to                                                                     maintain their wellbeing in order to get the
provide high-quality medical care where it’s                                                                best out of them.
needed most. it also has a humanitarian role
to play and often gives life-saving medical            n   Field hospitals                                  royal arMy
aid to civilian populations in areas where             These units provide care for all injuries. large     dental corps ( RAdC )
the Army is operating.                                 and complex, they are rarely moved and provide                 The RADC takes care of the Army’s
   There are three types of medical unit:              an NHS standard of healthcare in the field.                    dental health. Along with the other
                                                                                                                      members of the Army Medical
n   close support                                      royal arMy                                                     Services, its specialists help to ensure
    Medical regiMents                                  veterinary corps ( RAVC )                            that soldiers are fit and able to carry out duties.
These provide medical support to front-line                     The RAVC deals with every aspect of            Dental Nurses operate from within a
units, treating casualties or arranging their                   animal use within the military. Small       network of medical centres across the world.
evacuation to more specialised facilities.                      and highly specialised, the Corps sees      Treatment is carried out in large, multi-chair
                                                                its people travelling all over the world.   practices. When units deploy overseas on                All the costs of dental treatment are met by    medical regiments. As well as supporting the          Professional development is one of
n   general support                                      Veterinary soldiers apply their expertise in       exercises and operations, Dental Nurses               the Army and are based on clinical need. Dental   Army in Afghanistan, QARANC nurses are             QARANC’s highest priorities. it funds study
    Medical regiMents                                  the defence context. This may be the clinical        become part of small, mobile surgeries within         Nurses and Dental Hygienists therefore get the    often deployed to play important humanitarian      days for its nurses so that they can gain
These treat a wide range of injuries in large-scale    care of military working animals (horses and         larger field medical units.                           chance to deliver top quality patient care and    roles in other areas of conflict, such as Rwanda   second qualifications via specialist courses
medical facilities further from the front line.        dogs), veterinary public health (such as                                                                   develop a full range of professional skills.      and Angola. Their job there is to care for local   such as in intensive care and A&E. Nurses
                                                                                                                                                                                                                    populations who have fallen victim to famine       can also boost their academic prospects with
 job focus                                                                                                                                                        queen alexandra’s royal                           or natural disaster.                               a range of postgraduate qualifications.
                                                                                                                                                                  arMy nursing corps ( QARAnC )
    Registered nurse (Adult Health)
                                                                                                                                                                                                                    “soldiers in the aMs
                                                                                                                                                                           Queen Alexandra’s Royal Army
                                                                                                                                                                           Nursing Corps provides the Army
    Registered nurses provide both              for patients in physically and                                                                                             Medical Services with their nursing
    general and specialist healthcare to
    soldiers and civilians. You could be
                                                emotionally demanding situations.
                                                   Professional Development courses
                                                                                                                                                                           expertise. Home to over 800 fully
                                                                                                                                                                  qualified professionals, the Corps helps to
                                                                                                                                                                                                                     provide high quality
                                                                                                                                                                                                                     Medical care where
    working in modern UK hospitals or           will allow you to gain qualifications                                                                             deliver a high standard of Army healthcare.
    in the more challenging conditions          up to Masters degree level. Your                                                                                    Members of the Corps work in service
    of a field hospital. Wherever you are,      first posting after training will be                                                                              hospital units, which are attached to NHS

                                                                                                                                                                                                                     it’s needed Most”
    you will be providing the backbone of       to a hospital or primary care facility                                                                            hospitals, or in medical centres in the UK and
    the army’s medical expertise – caring       in the UK or overseas.                                                                                            overseas. When the Army deploys on operations,
                                                                                                                                                                  nursing personnel work in field hospitals or in

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the                                                                                               job focus                                       the adJutant
intelligence                                                                                      Operator Military
corps (int)                                                                                       Intelligence Corps soldiers must be self-       corps (AgC)
                                                                                                  motivated decision makers. One in three
          The intelligence Corps gathers vital    n   huMan intelligence analyst                  is a university graduate. They often work on                 The Adjutant General’s Corps has
          information on the enemy and prevents   Processes information gathered from refugees,   a strategic level, delving into the political                two branches open to soldiers. Both
          hostile groups from gathering their     civilians and prisoners of war.                 and economic patterns of war torn areas,                     have very different roles, but what
          own information about the Army.                                                         and can find themselves briefing high                        they do have in common is that
   One in three soldiers is a graduate, and the   n   weapons intelligence analyst                ranking officials and politicians with          they both deal with the Army’s most important
nature of the work means plenty of chances        Studies enemy weapons to find out how they      sensitive information early on in their         asset – its people. Many soldiers in the AGC are
to learn foreign languages. There are two core    are likely to be used and how to defeat them.   careers. Military intelligence linguists get    graduates and some have relevant professional
disciplines. Operator Military intelligence                                                       the opportunity to learn additional foreign     experience. The Corps gives them the chance
involves gathering information on the enemy       n   counter intelligence operator               languages to degree level in just 15 months.    to develop new skills and apply existing ones
using images from spy planes, intercepted         Keeps troops safe from hostile forces by                                                        in a practical context.
radio signals and even tip-offs from locals.      identifying and reacting to security threats.
   Military intelligence Linguists, meanwhile,                                                                                                    n   staFF and personnel
process intercepted communications and            n   iMagery intelligence analyst                                                                    support Branch (sPs)
advise commanders on the cultural sensitivities   interprets imagery from a wide variety                                                          Every unit in the army has its team of SPS
of the country in which they are stationed.       of sources, including satellites and                                                            specialists, making this branch the largest
There are four further specialist areas:          reconnaissance aircraft.                                                                        in the Corps. Their role is to look after all the
                                                                                                                                                  documentation, pay and financial records
                                                                                                                                                  of the unit they are attached to.

                                                                                                                                                  n   royal Military police (RMP)
                                                                                                                                                  The rMP provides the army with policing
                                                                                                                                                  wherever it operates. This can involve general
                                                                                                                                                  duties such as law enforcement and accident
                                                                                                                                                  investigation, as well as more specific duties
                                                                                                                                                  on operations, including liaison with host
                                                                                                                                                  nations or securing supply routes.

                                                                                                                                                      job focus
                                                                                                                                                      HR Administrator
                                                                                                                                                      As an HR Administrator you will be a highly
                                                                                                                                                      trained soldier giving essential financial
                                                                                                                                                      and administrative support to soldiers
                                                                                                                                                      serving at home and abroad.
                                                                                                                                                        This job will certainly not see you chained
                                                                                                                                                      to a desk – you will be attached to a different
                                                                                                                                                      part of the army every two years and travel
                                                                                                                                                      wherever your unit goes. This means that
                                                                                                                                                      Hr administrators work alongside and learn
                                                                                                                                                      from a huge variety of people. The role offers
                                                                                                                                                      great variety and a real chance to develop
                                                                                                                                                      your professional skills.

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PhaSE 1                                                                                           FrOM CiVVY                                                                                                                                       the Army’s
                                                                                                                                                                                                                                                   vAlues And

                                                                                                  tO SOLDiEr                                                                                                                                       stAndArds
                                                                                                                                                                                                                                                   A soldier’s job can be

                                                                                                  in UnDEr
                                                                                                                                                                                                                                                   demanding but it’s
                                                                                                                                                                                                                                                   vital they maintain
                                                                                                                                                                                                                                                   high standards of
                                                                                                                                                With a bit of grit and determination, you’ll learn                                                 behaviour at all times

                                                                                                  100 DaYS                                      everything you need to be one of the Army’s finest.
                                                                                                                                                Here’s a week-by-week guide to Phase 1 training...
                                                                                                                                                                                                                                                   The Army is about
                                                                                                                                                                                                                                                   teamwork. Teams can
                                                                                                                     inDUCtiOn WEEk                                  »    WEEk 2                           »   WEEk 3                        »     only work if everyone
                                                                                                                                                                                                                                                   puts the mission before
                                                                                                                     This is where it all begins. Induction week          Physical training (PT) begins:       More military skills tuition.
if you pass selection, the Army’s military training                                                                  starts with Attestation, which is a formal           gym, swimming, running.              This includes further fieldcraft
                                                                                                                                                                                                                                                   their own needs.
                                                                                                                     ceremony for new recruits joining the Army.          Recruits get their first                 skills, such as learning
course turns you into a fully-fledged soldier                                                                        Everyone then receives their uniform and kit,        taste of military skills –                how to build a camp
                                                                                                                                                                                                                                                   rESPECt FOr
                                                                                                                     as well as getting a haircut and undergoing          weapons handling, drill,                 and how to use camouflage
                                                                                                                                                                                                                                                   There is no place for
                                                                                                                     a medical. Then comes the first overnight            first aid, map reading                    and concealment
                                                                                                                                                                                                                                                   discrimination in the
                                                                                                                     training session – Exercise Icebreaker.              and survival training.                        techniques.
                                                                                                                                                                                                                                                   British Army. Everyone
                                                                                                                                                                                                                                                   must treat others as
                                                                                                                                                                                                                                                   they wish to be treated.
                                                                                                  WEEk 4                        »     WEEk 5                         »    WEEk 6                           »   WEEk 7                        »     LOYaLtY
                                                                                                  Chemical, biological,               Now soldiers-under-training         More team-building                    Soldiers-under-training are        Soldiers must support
                                                                                                  radiological and nuclear            begin learning about the            exercises and military               inspected on the drill square.      each other, never
                                                                                                  (CBRN) defence training.            importance of teamwork.             skills. Recruits                       If they pass they can wear the    letting their team-
                                                                                                  Recruits must also pass               They also take part in            prepare for a major                     cap badge of their regiment.     mates down, even
                                                                                                  a swimming test and                     Exercise First Night,           inspection, which                        Visits to the barracks take     when the going
                                                                                                  do their first live firing                which involves sleeping       will take place in                         place, followed by a family   gets tough.
                                                                                                  of an assault rifle.                        outside for two nights.     Week 7.                                    day and a weekend off.
                                                                                                                                                                                                                                                   Soldiers must always
Before anyone can become a soldier in the           “The military skills training was awesome.                                                                                                                                                     be sincere, reliable and
British Army, they must pass Phase 1 training.   By the end of the course I really felt like a    WEEk 8                        »     WEEk 9                         »    WEEk 10                          »   WEEk 11                       »     selfless. They must
                                                                                                                                                                                                                                                   never lie, cheat or steal.
Once you’re selected, the Army’s 14-week         soldier and was incredibly proud of what I had   Exercise Halfway involves three     Bayonet fighting and long-          Training moves to the Soldier        Fieldcraft training in
course prepares you for the challenges you       achieved,” says Anita. “My personal standards    nights in the field. Prior to the   range firing. The Annual            Development Wing in Wales.           preparation for the final
                                                                                                  exercise soldiers-under-            Personal Weapons Test               This week is designed to build       exercise. Recruits
will face in your military career.               had risen enormously just because of what I’d                                                                                                                                                     This means doing
                                                                                                  training will take the              involves firing at targets from     teamwork skills and initiative,      also visit their
   “Phase 1 was exactly how I’d imagined it,”    learned and what the Army expected of me.”       tough military skills               several positions. Those who        and to instil soldier ethics.        regiment, where
                                                                                                                                                                                                                                                   things properly and
says graduate nurse Corporal Anita Cserbakoi.       A good level of fitness is really                                                                                                                                                              setting an example
                                                                                                  tests.                              pass are qualified to use the       Exercises include caving,            they will do
                                                                                                                                                                                                                                                   so everyone can be
“I’d always wanted to join the Army and I        important during Phase 1 – all soldiers                                                            SA80 assault rifle.   climbing and kayaking.               Phase 2 training.
                                                                                                                                                                                                                                                   confident that orders
wasn’t disappointed. It was hard work but        run, swim, do gym work and tackle                                                                                                                                                                 will be carried out to
I loved it – meeting so many people from         obstacle courses (see page 17).                                                                                                                                                                   the best of your ability.
different backgrounds was brilliant.”                “I found it physically difficult,
                                                 especially at the start of training,” admits
                                                                                                  WEEk 12                       »     WEEk 13                        »    WEEk 14                          »   PaiD LEaVE,
                                                                                                                                                                                                               thEn PhaSE 2                        COUragE
                                                                                                  The five-night Exercise Final       A two-and-a-half-day live-          Passing Out. Recruits celebrate                                          Soldiers should know
mAstering militAry skills                        Anita. “I had to do extra fitness lessons        Fling takes place during this       firing period in the field. This    becoming soldiers –                  Soldiers get a                      the right thing to do in
Recruits are taught all the skills they need     in the first few weeks, but the instructors      week. This is the new recruits’     involves soldiers-under-            showing their                        period of leave                     any situation that may
to survive outdoors – everything from            were really supportive and gave me all           last field exercise, where          training moving tactically          new skills by                        before they begin                   arise, and must be brave
                                                                                                  everyone gets the chance to         across the training ground          parading in                          their specialist                    enough to do it – even
concealment, first aid and map reading           the help and guidance I needed – they            put all that they have learned      shooting at a series of targets                                          trade training – this
                                                                                                                                                                          front of family                                                          if it means putting
to observation and defence measures.             certainly brought me up to speed.”               into practice.                      to simulate battle situations.      and friends.                         is known as Phase 2.                themselves in danger.

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 Next steps

hOW tO BeCOme A sOLDier
Do you want to know more about the benefits of life as a British Army soldier? Whether you’d
like to apply or you just need a little more information, these are the next steps you need to take
It doesn’t matter if you want to join the full-    experience in the Army, so they will understand
time Regular Army or serve with the Territorials   your concerns and will answer any questions
in your spare time, your first point of contact    you may have.
will be an Army Careers Adviser.                       In the meantime, take a look at the routes
   If you’re not already in touch with an Army     to becoming a serving member of the Army.
Careers Adviser visit        If, during the process, you decide you want to
or call 0845 600 8080 to find your nearest Army    join later or need more time to think about it,
Careers Information Office. The soldiers and       you can take time out before training begins,
officers working there all have years of           restart the process later, or pull out altogether.

Join as a RegulaR soldieR
      CONsiDer                              sit AN iNitiAL                         tAke sOme                            stArt yOUr
      yOUr OptiONs                          AssessmeNt                             fiNAL tests                          trAiNiNg

      1                                     2                                      3                                    4
          After thinking about why                 You will have an                        The two-day course at                If you successfully
          you want to join the Army                interview and take                      an Army Development                  pass ADSC you will
          and doing some research,                 some basic tests at the                 and Selection Centre                 be invited to start
          visit a local Army Careers               careers office to see                   (ADSC) includes fitness              your Army training.
      Information Office. There an          which area of the Army you             and team problem solving tests.      Phase 1 is a 14-week military
      Army Careers Adviser will talk        are best suited to. Once you           These help us to see if you are      skills course (see page 32),
      you through the different             have completed them your               suited to Army life. If you don’t    while Phase 2 training
      options. Ask about trying an          Careers Adviser will go                meet the required standards,         teaches you everything
      Insight Course to experience          through your options and               you may have the chance to           you need to do the specific
      a few days of Army life.              discuss your next steps.               retake the tests.                    role you have chosen.

Join as a teRRitoRial soldieR
                                                                                                                                                        Army Life It offers more than meets the eye
    CONsiDer                  AtteND AN                                            tAke sOme                            stArt yOUr                      As a soldier you’ll receive an incredible package   n Subsidised living expenses
                                                                                                                                                        of benefits to help you make the most of            n opportunities to travel
    yOUr OptiONs              iNterVieW                                            fiNAL tests                          trAiNiNg

                                                                                                                                                        your time in the Army. When the time comes          n Time off to spend with family and friends

                                            2                                      3                                    4
           After thinking about                    You will have an                        You’ll then be invited               Your training is        to leave, you’ll have the qualifications and        n An active social life and new friends
           why you want to join                    interview and take                      to attend a Recruit                  divided into three      practical experience to assist you with             n Good quality food and accommodation
           the Army and doing some                 some basic tests at the                 Selection Course (RSC)               modules spread over a   whatever career you choose in civilian life.        n unrivalled leadership experience
           research, visit your local              careers office to see                   where you’ll take mental             number of weekends,
      Army Careers Information              which area of the Army you             and physical tests. These will       and some weekday evenings       WhAT You CAn expeCT                                 WAnT To FInD ouT moRe?
      Office. There an experienced          are best suited to. Once you           help us to see if you are suited     if you join a Regional unit.    n A huge range of jobs and trades                   If you want to experience Army life, but you’re
      Army Careers Adviser will be          have completed them your               to Army life. If you pass the        Some of it will be taught       n Free vocational training and qualifications       not quite ready to join, try an Insight Course.
                                                                                                                                                        n An opportunity to get fit, and stay fit           They give you the opportunity to meet serving
      able to answer any questions          Careers Adviser will go                tests you will be formally           at your unit, and some at
                                                                                                                                                        n The chance to take part in different sports       soldiers and find out more about what they
      you have and arrange a visit          through your options and               enlisted into the Army and           one of the Army’s Regional
                                                                                                                                                        n A competitive salary                              do. Your local Army Careers Information
      to a Territorial unit.                discuss your next steps.               begin your training.                 Training Centres.
                                                                                                                                                        n 38 days’ holiday a year (inc Bank holidays)       Office will have details of when they take place.

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