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The Joining Process

Find out how to join the Regular Army or the Army Reserve by following our step-by-step process.

To discuss career options, or if you have any questions about Army life, talk online using Live Chat or visit an Army Careers Centre where a Careers Adviser can help you. If you are ready to take the next step, have a look at roles that interest you, create an online account and then fill in an application.


The Army is built on the quality of its soldiers. They provide the main body of personnel for one of the world’s elite fighting forces.

Regular Soldiers serve various important functions in the Army. From combat infantry to engineering, there are over 200 roles within the Army.

Reserve Soldiers provide a vital role in the fighting effectiveness of the Army. It is a spare time role that fits around your civilian work.


Officers need to be natural leaders with personal qualities that allow them to get the best out of the soldiers in their charge.



Regular Officers in the British Army lead and inspire the team of soldiers they are responsible for.


Reserve Officer

Reserve Officers lead and inspire Reserve soldiers within their units. It is a spare time role that fits around your civilian occupation.

The experience of former Officers and Soldiers is invaluable to the Army. If you have served as either a Regular or Reservist in the past, you may be able to rejoin.

The Army welcomes applicants from certain overseas countries and territories as long as the eligibility requirements are met. Regular applicants must meet the re-enforced Residency rules in full - there are no exceptions.

Reserve applicants must be living in the UK at the time of application and have Indefinite Leave to Remain or Indefinite Leave to Enter.

The values we live by
The Army success and effectiveness is based on six core values: courage, discipline, respect, integrity, loyalty and selfless commitment. These values define us, and every person who works for us must reflect them in everything they do.

Our standards of behaviour
In the Army you are expected to behave in a professional and lawful manner at all times. If you break our behavioural code, it will lead to administrative or disciplinary action.

Your welfare
The Army relies on its personnel to be effective and we take your welfare very seriously. If you have problems settling in or have more serious problems, there are plenty of specially trained people to help. And if you need to speak in confidence to someone we have special helplines and welfare staff to assist you.