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Officer or soldier?

The Army will help you decide between a career as an officer or a soldier, based on your skills, interests and what you want to achieve. No matter which role you choose, you’ll get opportunities for travel and adventure and all the rewards that come with being part of a team. Read on to find out more about the differences between these two career paths.


Being an Army Officer is about having the right temperament to handle the most demanding of situations, the right character to gain the utmost trust from the soldiers under your command and, above all, an overwhelming desire to make a real difference to people's lives. If this sounds like it's for you, then the Army will provide the training and help you need to develop your skills and set you on the path to success.
*Officers in ceremonial uniform


Life as a soldier is ideal if you like a practical challenge. The Army has a massive range of trades to choose from and provides all the training you'll need to do your job well, whether that involves building bridges, repairing tanks or driving vehicles. You'll also learn all the key soldiering skills so that you can operate safely in hostile environments.