What happens at officer selection?
You will be invited to attend a two day Army Officer Selection Board briefing, where your leadership and teamwork skills will be tested. This will help you prepare for the Selection Board, which is a three-day assessment of both your physical and mental suitability for the role.
More advice on preparing for the Army Officer Selection Board (AOSB)
How long is officer training?
The course takes place at the Royal Military Academy Sandhurst and lasts 44 weeks for Regular officers, or three weeks for Reservists. People with certain experience or qualifications may be eligible for the fast-track Professionally Qualified Officers’ (PQO) course, which lasts ten weeks.
After this initial training, you will go on a second course to learn specific skills related to your first appointment. The length of this course varies depending on the type of role you will be doing.
Training to be a Reservist Officer
Initial officer training is a series of modules to develop your military leadership and skills. Module 1 is 6 weekends at an Officer Training Regiment, followed by Module 2 which is delivered either over 10 weekends or a 2-week consolidated course. Module 3 brings these new skills together, culminating in a concentrated 9-day field exercise which prepares you for officer training at Sandhurst.
How much will I earn as an officer?
You’ll earn a salary of £25,727 while you train. This rises to £30,922 when you are commissioned as a Second Lieutenant. If you’re still serving in the Army after five years you could be earning at least £39,628 as a Captain.
Can I get financial help while I study?
The Army offers a tiered scheme of undergraduate bursaries for those studying or planning to study both technical and non-technical degrees. Awards range from £6,000 to the enhanced bursary at £24,000. As an Army Bursar you will be expected to join the Officer Training Corps (OTC) whilst at university and complete a minimum of 3 years commissioned service following Sandhurst.
If you’re studying for a medical qualification, you can apply for our Undergraduate Cadetship, which gives future doctors, nurses and dentists who pass officer selection the chance to earn money while studying for a degree.
How can I get involved with the Army while I’m at university?
University Officer Training Corps (UOTCs) introduce students to the Army and develop life skills – such as leadership and teamwork – through exercises, adventurous training and community projects. It’s about having fun, making friends and discovering just what you are capable of. You get paid for the days you train, and there is no requirement to join the Army when you graduate.
You can serve with the Army Reserve while you are at university – you’ll train in the evenings and at the weekends, and get paid for the time you spend with them.
How do I apply to Welbeck?
If you’re hoping to study for you’re A-Levels at Welbeck, you will need to apply between September and January for the following academic year. Your application will be processed and if you’re successful, you’ll be invited to Army Officer Selection Board before you’re given your place. You also need to meet the Welbeck fitness standards. More information can be found on the Welbeck site
How many soldiers will I be in charge of?
For the first couple of years as a junior officer you will be in charge of around 30 soldiers. On rising to Captain, you could find yourself helping to command a unit of around 120 soldiers. Alternatively, you could move on to command fewer soldiers in a more specialised team.
What is the Army Officer Scholarship Scheme?
The Army offers a Sixth Form Scholarship (AOSS) to talented students who have good Regular Army officer potential. Only 100 scholarships are awarded each year across the whole country so competition is tough. Scholarships are given on merit, irrespective of your background or schooling.