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Am I eligible?

Everybody joining the Army has to meet some basic entry requirements. These differ depending on whether you want to be an officer or a soldier, and serve full time as a Regular or in your spare time as a Reservist. If you’ve got any questions, chat to one of our advisers on 0345 600 8080.

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REGULAR ARMY
Officer
Soldier
Age 18 years - 26 years. However, current Army policy does permit applicants to enter the Royal Military Academy Sandhurst (RMAS) after their 26th birthday and before their 29th birthday in the AGC (SPS), AGC (ETS), ACG (RMP) and RAMC (MSO), or if they are a serving soldier. Higher age limit for professional or specialist applicants may apply.

16 years - In Army phase 1 training before your 33rd birthday

(Parental consent needed for under 18s)

Minimum qualifications 35 ALIS points (34 for SCEs) from 7 GCSE/SCE subjects, with a minimum grade C/2 in English language, maths and either a science or a foreign language; plus 240 UCAS Tariff points from at least two A level passes grades A-E or SCE Higher grades A-D or equivalent. None required except for certain technical jobs
Physical condition Your GP must fill in a medical questionnaire and you will have to pass a full Army medical. Your GP must fill in a medical questionnaire and you will have to pass a full Army medical
Gender Male and female (The Household Cavalry, the Royal Armoured Corps and the Infantry are male only) Male and female (Infantry and some other units are male only)

 

REGULAR ARMY
Serving Soldier to Officer
 Age You can attend AOSB up to the age of 28 provided that you arrive at RMAS before your 29th Birthday.  Your career profile and realistic potential as a DE officer must be carefully considered.  It is vital to compare your prospects in the ranks and as a Late Entry Officer, against your long term prospects as a DE officer
 Minimum qualifications You require GCSE passes or equivalent in 5 subjects, including English Language and Mathematics at Grade C (or above) or the nationally recognised equivalent.  If you do not meet this criteria you will undergo an assessment at the Army School of Education, Worthy Down, before being recommended for the selection process
ARMY RESERVE 
Officer
Soldier
 Age 18 - 35 years (higher age limit for professional or specialist applicants) 18-43 years 
 Minimum qualifications 35 ALIS points (34 for SCEs) from 7 GCSE/SCE subjects, with a minimum grade C/2 in English language, maths and either a science or a foreign language; plus 240 UCAS Tariff points from at least two A level passes grades A-E or SCE Higher grades A-D or equivalent. None required except for certain technical jobs
 Physical condition Your GP must fill in a medical questionnaire and you will have to pass a full Army medical Your GP must fill in a medical questionnaire and you will have to pass a full Army medical
 Gender Male and female (Household Cavalry, the Royal Armoured Corps and the Infantry are male only, however there is some scope for female officers to serve in specific units such as the Yeomanry Reserve) Male and female (Infantry and some other units are male only)
Rejoiner

Must have been trained and completed service in last 6 years for fast track application.

Medical discharge category of MFD and MLD acceptable.

18 - 57 (higher age limit for some professional or specialist applicants)

Must have been trained and completed service in last 6 years for fast track application.

Medical discharge category of MFD and MLD acceptable.

18 - 52 (higher age limit for some professional or specialist applicants)

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