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Officer careers

Do you have what it takes to command a Troop of Challenger 2 tanks? In order to become an officer in The Queen's Royal Hussars, it is important that you express interest and make communication with the regiment at the earliest opportunity.

To qualify for Army Officer selection you will need to be aged between 18 and 26 with a minimum of 5 GCSEs and two A Levels. Most officers now also join with a degree qualification. If you make the grade, you will have to pass the rigorous 44 week Officer Training Course at the Royal Military Academy Sandhurst.

While at Sandhurst you will be asked which regiments you are interested in visiting with a view to joining. You will be able to visit the regiment for a short period (usually about 48hrs), during the Sandhurst term. This provides an opportunity for you to get a feel for the regiment and decide whether commanding a Sabre Troop of Challenger 2 tanks is the job for you.

You will also have the opportunity to meet a cross section of soldiers from the regiment, as well as spending time with the officers' mess. It is as much a chance for the regiment to look at you as it is for you to look at them.

The Queen's Royal Hussars recruit approximately 5 officers a year and, therefore, it can be a highly competitive selection process. You will need to be committed, enthusiastic, physically fit, motivated and confident.
Having gained your commission you will attend a five month special to arms course at the Royal Armoured Corp (RAC) Centre, in Bovington Dorset, where you will qualify as a Sabre Troop Leader.

You will then join the Regiment and take command of 11 soldiers and 3 Challenger 2 battle tanks. It is the most exciting and challenging job for a junior officer in the British Army. In time, you may specialise and command the reconnaissance or signals Troops. You could also become the Regimental tank gunnery officer, among other roles.

You will be able to enjoy unparalleled social and sporting opportunities. You can ski, play rugby, cricket, and polo, or even hurl yourself down the Cresta Run, among all other imaginable sports. You will also be a part of one of the oldest Officers' Mess in the British Army, steeped in a rich and proud history.

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