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Joining from overseas

If you’re from certain overseas countries or territories then you’re welcome to apply to the British Army and share the benefits of life as an officer or soldier.

Foreign & Commonwealth Nationals

You can apply to join the Regular Army from Overseas if you meet all the eligibility requirements. Once your application has been accepted and you are assessed you will then be able to start the full recruitment process.

We cannot assist with Passport or Visa applications for any candidates or help with any costs associated with travel to the UK or accommodation.


Recruitment and selection for the Gurkha regiment takes place in Pokhara every December.

Application and selection

Overseas applicants can apply online to join the Regular Army but the rest of the recruitment process will be conducted in the UK. Make sure you read and understand the requirements for entry into the British Army.

Visa information can be found here: www.ukba/homeoffice.gov.uk