Just the job: the unsung trades of the Army

The recent British Army recruitment advert “Flood” showed soldiers wading through waist-high water to rescue a mother and baby from a stranded car.

This homeland resilience role is a task that many people would not immediately associate with the Army.

Another recruitment advert, “Robot”, released last summer, depicted a soldier using a drone in a futuristic battlefield.

Both adverts were designed to show that being a soldier is not just about firing guns. Instead, they aimed to spotlight some of the specialist roles within the Army that the public has never heard of.

At present, the Army is particularly keen to recruit for roles in combat; engineering; HR, finance and support; intelligence, communications and IT; medical; logistics and support, and music.

However, there are over 200 different roles available, for people looking for a job either full-time as a regular soldier or part-time as a reserve soldier. Here are just a few of the specialist jobs available that you might not have come across before or know much about:

Chef

As the old saying goes, ‘an army marches on its stomach’.

Feeding the military is a crucial job. Soldiers need decent meals to keep them going, especially on operations.

Chefs are at the heart of unit life, expected to cook and prepare food wherever and whatever the conditions. They cook for everyone, from new recruits to royalty. However, it is their skills and motivation to deliver the vital fuel of food, even in the most challenging environments, that make them unique.

Our chefs deliver the best experience to units every day; from state banquets and fine dining to supporting humanitarian and disaster interventions across the world.

Musician

Army musicians perform at famous, high-profile events in the UK and all over the world.

The Royal Corps of Army Music is made up of 13 Regular bands and one string orchestra. From military marching music to jazz and contemporary, our musicians cover every genre of music.

So, we need musicians with a wide range of specialisms. Those who do join as Army musicians spend their days rehearsing and developing music for concerts and performances alongside like-minded people.

Farrier

Two regiments in the British Army are the homes of hundreds of horses.

The Household Cavalry Mounted Regiment and the King's Troop, Royal Horse Artillery provide state ceremonial occasions in the nation's capital, as well as in places such as Windsor Castle and at military tattoos both nationally and internationally. 

Both regiments are fully self-sufficient. So, when one of their horses requires a new shoe, they do not need to book an expensive visit from a civilian farrier. 

Instead, they have their own fully trained farriers, already based within the regiment. So, as soon as a horse requires attention in the shoe department, they just trot on down to the regimental forge. 

Pilot

The RAF isn’t the only armed service where you can fly aircraft.

The Army Air Corps is the combat aviation arm of the British Army. Recognisable by their distinctive blue berets, AAC soldiers deliver firepower from battlefield helicopters and fixed-wing aircraft to overwhelm and defeat enemy forces.

As an officer pilot, you'll learn how to fly and command military helicopters. You'll lead complex aviation missions and command small, close-knit teams of other officers and soldiers.

You will learn everything you need to know about flying, from take-off and landing to formation flying at night. Plus, on completion of the Army Pilots' Course, if you qualify on either Wildcat or Apache, you are eligible for a Foundation Degree in Military Aviation Studies.

Search apply.army.mod.uk for more details of these and many other jobs available in the British Army.

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