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Graduate soldier 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. contents 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 All offer explained 19 Where do youjobs in to be? Find out about Want the 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 to 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 Your steps Army life. Find out why... a soldier in the British Army 2 challenge “as a soldier katie neighbour sapper 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. directly” 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 challenge 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 army.mod.uk/jobs an academic element. Hopefully my skills will develop a lot while I’m out there. 5 challenge sally watkins operational information musician “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 fantastic” 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 army.mod.uk/jobs 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! » learn more at army.mod.uk/jobs 6 challenge » learn more at army.mod.uk/jobs anthony jones corporal ROYAL LOGIStIC CORPS godlove fai lance corporal ADJUtANt GeNeRAL’S CORPS 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 progressing? 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 8 9 challenge anita cserbakoi corporal 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 army.mod.uk/jobs 10 11 benefits 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. 13 travel 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 14 15 fitness 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. actiOn What’s being a tank commander like? 6 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. 36 17 territorial pay and benefits PAY You are paid for all the time you spend at your Territorial unit. The daily rate is equivalent to that received by a Regular wheRe soldier of the same rank and experience and in a comparable role. To find out what you could earn as a Territorial soldier visit army.mod.uk/pay ANNUAL BOUNTY Every year when you satisfy the minimum annual training requirement (19 days in a do you National unit and 27 days in a Regional unit) and pass the relevant training tests you receive a tax-free lump sum known as a bounty. Find out what bounty you could receive at army.mod.uk/pay EXPENSES Travel to and from training and meals fit in? taken while you’re on duty are subsidised by the Army. Your uniform and any other essential items of kit are provided free. OPERATIONS If you deploy on operations and your 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 cost of replacing certain benefits that your teRRitoRiALS 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 LEgAL PROTEcTION 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.” 18 for more go to army.mod.uk/territorial careers the the royal 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. 20 For more go to army.mod.uk/infantry For more go to army.mod.uk/artillery 21 careers 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. 22 For more go to army.mod.uk/armoured For more go to army.mod.uk/royalengineers 23 careers 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 technology” 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. 24 For more go to army.mod.uk/rlc For more go to army.mod.uk/signals careers 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. Pilot 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” 26 For more go to army.mod.uk/reme For more go to army.mod.uk/aviation 27 careers 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 28 For more go to army.mod.uk/ams 29 careers the job focus the adJutant intelligence Operator Military Intelligence general’s 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. 30 For more go to army.mod.uk/intelligence For more go to army.mod.uk/agc 31 training PhaSE 1 FrOM CiVVY the Army’s vAlues And tO SOLDiEr stAndArds A soldier’s job can be training 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... SELFLESS COMMitMEnt 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 OthErS 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. intEgritY 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 DiSCiPLinE 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. For more information go to army.mod.uk/training 33 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 army.mod.uk/contactus 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 1 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. 34 for more go to army.mod.uk/contactus graduate soldier • Make a real difference The British Army wholeheartedly supports the principle of equality of opportunity in employment. We are opposed to all forms of army.mod.uk/jobs unlawful discrimination on the grounds of race, colour, ethnic background, gender, marital 0845 600 8080 status, sexual orientation, disability, religious belief or age. We are committed, wherever practicable, to recruiting and maintaining a workforce which broadly reflects the UK population we serve. We have a strict code of conduct that ensures RG/BRO/110 August 2010 zero tolerance of bullying, Produced for the Ministry of Defence by Army Recruiting Group harassment, discrimination and Crown Copyright August 2010 victimisation on any grounds army.mod.uk/jobs
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