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Army pay rewards you for your hard work. It’s not the only reward you get, but it’s good to know that we offer a decent rate of pay from the moment you start training. Your pay goes up as you gain experience and get promoted – you could get up to three pay rises each year. And with subsidised food, travel and accommodation, the money you earn will go much further.

Financial reward package explained

The main reward package is called the X Factor. It’s nothing to do with music and you definitely don’t need to audition for it. It’s an adjustment to your pay that makes sure you’re getting a fair deal.

It compares your Army job to a similar civilian job and weighs up the extra challenges you face as a soldier, such as time away from your family and working under pressure. It also considers the perks of Army life, such as job security and 38 days’ paid leave every year. The X Factor normally means soldiers take home an extra 14.5% compared to the closest civilian job.

In addition, when away from your base for longer than 7 days, then you’ll be entitled to a daily allowance of up to £28.52. If you are deployed on operations, you'll receive a further daily allowance of £29.02 this is paid as a lump sum at the end of your time on operations.

Regular Officer

You can become an Regular Officer whether you’ve been to university or not. You’ll earn a salary while you train of £25,220 and when you are commissioned as a Second Lieutenant this will rise to £30,314. If you’re still serving in the Army after five years you could be earning at least £38,847 as a Captain.
*Officers in ceremonial uniform

Regular Soldier

Regular soldiers receive over £278 a week in Phase 1 training, which rises to at least £17,945 a year depending on which Army job you do. Some specialist roles also receive extra pay. Your salary will increase annually as your career continues, regardless of promotion and extra responsibilities. Within five years you could reach the rank of Corporal which starts at £27,053.
*Soldier in barracks

Army Reserve

If you serve in your spare time as an Army Reserve soldier or officer, you’ll earn the same rate of pay as your colleagues in the Regular Army. It’s a great way to put some extra cash in your wallet. Your pay covers time spent training and travelling to your unit, meals when on duty and a uniform. You also get a tax-free bonus if you train for a certain number of days each year. The more training you do, the more you get.
*TA soldiers on manoeuvres

Plan for your future

soldier with child

Our pension scheme is one of the best around, and you could also get a tax-free lump sum on leaving.

In your own time

*Soldier kayaking over rapids

You work hard in the Army, but you get plenty of time off too, with a minimum of 38 days’ paid leave a year.

Army incentives

Soldier back from operations

There are extra payments for things such as overseas service, travelling home and going on operational tours.

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