Regular soldier pay
Regular soldiers are paid as soon as they start their Phase 1 training. They earn at least £18,488 a year when they finish training and move on to their unit. How much you get will depend on which Army job you do. Some specialist roles receive extra pay. Your salary will increase annually as your career continues, regardless of promotion and extra responsibilities. Within five years you could reach the rank of Corporal which starts at £29,768.
Regular officer pay
You’ll earn a salary of £25,984 while you train. This rises to £31,232 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 £40,025 as a Captain.
Army Reserve pay
If you serve in your spare time as an Army Reserve soldier or officer, you’ll earn the same rate of pay as your colleagues in the Regular Army. It’s a great way to put some extra cash in your wallet. Your pay covers time spent training and travelling to your unit, meals when on duty and a uniform. You also get a tax-free bonus if you train for a certain number of days each year. The more training you do, the more you get.
If you're a former Regular or Reservist then you might be able to rejoin, either in your old role or a new one. And if you're returning to a specialist trade you could get an extra payment.
Ex-Regulars who decide to join the Army Reserve can also get a bigger bounty when they meet the minimum annual training commitment. Check out our guide to rejoining the Army to find out more.
Pensions for officers and soldiers
Every month, the Army pays into a pension fund on your behalf. And when you retire, you will receive a monthly payment based on your final salary.
- When you join the Armed Forces (either as a Regular or Reservist), you will automatically be enrolled into the scheme - and you won't be asked to pay a penny
- After two years of Regular service you'll have earned an Army pension that will be paid when you get to the age of 65
- Anybody aged over 40 who has served for at least 18 years gets the right to claim an immediate pension linked to their final salary, a tax-free lump sum on leaving the Army and a second lump sum when they turn 65
Can I join the SAS?
For the Regular Army you will need to be a serving soldier first. The Army Reserve do recruit directly into the SAS. All volunteers will need to pass the selection course. Any serving soldier or officer can volunteer to do selection to join the SAS.
How do I become a sniper?
Only serving Infantry soldiers, or members of Royal Armoured Corps Regiments can be selected to apply for sniper training. Both Regular and Reserve soldiers can become snipers, and it is not a role that Officers can apply for. If you want be a sniper, you'll need to become a soldier first, and after that you may be able to apply from within the Army.
What if I decide to leave the Army?
We offer a supportive resettlement package to make the change as easy as possible.
What help will I receive should I decide to leave the Army?
It includes a payment towards the cost of setting up your new life. As well as help with training courses to find the right job. You’ll be given time off for interviews, and weeks off at the end of your service to make the move.
What if I want to go back into education?
Should you decide you want to return to full-time education, you can use Enhanced Learning Credits to pay for up to 80 per cent of your course fees.