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Use role finder to see what job might suit you. Create an online account so you can fill in and submit your application. (There’s a ‘save’ functionality so you don’t have to do it all at once.) If you have any questions at all, chat to our Advisers on Live Chat or pop in to an Army Careers Centre.
Once your application has been received and your basic eligibility assessed, you’ll be sent a link to complete an online form about your general health.
If you are medically fit, you’ll be invited for an interview with a Careers Advisor (CA). This lets you ask questions and allows the CA to see if you are suitable for the Army.
At this stage, you are also given a Candidate Support Manager (CSM). Their job is to help you during the joining process.
If you meet eligibility standards, you’ll be invited to spend two days at an Assessment Centre. Here, you’ll do physical and mental tests to judge your fitness and soldier potential and have a medical examination. If you pass, you’ll be offered a job in the Army.
Before your employment offer is confirmed, you also need to have a pre-employment check. This involves filling out security forms and your doctor will need to send information about your medical background.
Your starting date will depend on your grade during assessment and the number of places the Army has on offer in your chosen trade.
Make sure you discuss your result with your Candidate Support Manager as they will be able to explain the next steps.
Your Army career begins with phase 1 training where you learn basic soldier skills. You then learn the specialist skills of your trade in Phase 2.
Where you do your phase 1 training depends on your age and job choice.
Junior Soldiers (under 17 yr 5 mths) spend 20-week or 40-weeks at AFC Harrogate. If you are older, you will spend 14-weeks at either Pirbright or Winchester. Infantry recruits complete a combined phase 1 and 2 courses in Catterick.
After completing phase 1 and phase 2 training, you will join your unit where senior soldiers will provide support and ongoing professional development.
Some medical trades are classified as Professionally Qualified Soldier roles. If you apply to fill one of these you will need to go through an Army Selection Board prior to your initial training.
Some other specialist roles will need you to pass a specialist board, for example musicians wanting to join the Corps of Army Music have to pass an audition.
If you have any of these skills, looking to join the Army, but are older than 33, you can still apply. Contact our team on 0345 600 8080 for advice on how to submit your application.
Lots of people worry about whether they’re fit enough to join up. Or about how they will do in the interviews and selection tests. You don’t need to be anxious, we'll help you to get ready for all the tests.
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