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Not old enough to join?

You need to be 16 years old to join the Army as a soldier, although you can apply earlier with your parents permission. If you're not old enough to join yet, there are loads of ways you can get involved. The Camouflage website tells you about the jobs we do and the kit we use, or you can enjoy Army-themed activities in your spare time with the Army Cadet Force.

How old do I have to be?

To become an officer you need to be 18, although you can apply for sixth form and university sponsorship earlier. To join as a soldier you have to be at least 16, but can apply from 15 years and 7 months. If you're under 18 you need your parents’ or guardians’ permission and start your training with courses that mix education, soldier training and sport. You must be at least 18 to join the Reservists.
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Where can I find out more?

The Camouflage website gives you the lowdown on life in the Army. It has games and interactive features, the inside track on the newest kit and exclusive interviews with serving soldiers doing a massive range of jobs all over the world. It’s the closest you can get to actually being in the Army – and it’s all waiting for you online now.
Army Camouflage website

Become an Army Cadet

If you're between 12 and 18 you can enjoy sports, expeditions, outdoor adventure and loads of Army-themed activities as a member of the Army Cadet Force. You can learn survival skills and weapons handling, work towards a Duke of Edinburgh’s Award and even get some extra qualifications. There are 1700 detachments throughout the country, so there’s bound to be one near you.
Army Cadet

Get into Camouflage


Visit the all-new Camouflage website to find out more about what the Army offers you. Register as a Camouflage member, and you’ll get some extra benefits.

Find your local Cadets

Army Cadets

There are 1700 ACF detachments across the country. Find the nearest one to you, get in touch and get ready to start the adventure.

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