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Gap Year Commission

School leavers have a new opportunity to spend a gap year as a Commissioned Officer in the British Army.

What is the Gap Year Commission (GYC)?

Complete 8 weeks of training at the Royal Military Academy Sandhurst (RMAS), and you'll be given the rank of Second Lieutenant. After that, you'll command some of the finest soldiers in the world for the rest of your gap year. 

During your year out, you'll gain experience and skills which will give you the edge against your peers - and be invaluable when you come to apply for a job once you leave uni.

During your time on the scheme, you'll have the chance to take part in overseas training exercises, adventurous training across the world and team and individual sports. You'll live with other junior officers in the Officer's Mess, and be paid around £18,000.

Skills you'll gain include learning how to overcome physical and mental challenges, develop your leadership qualities and gain key management skills.

Once you've finished your Gap Year Commission, you're not expected to carry on with serving, but if you do want to continue your military career, you'll be able to, as a commissioned officer in the Army Reserve whilst at university, or apply for the Regular Commissioning course if you'd like to serve as an officer full time.

Who can apply?

  • To apply for the scheme, you should be about to start your final year at school, and be planning to go to university after your gap year
  • You must be 18 by the time you plan to start at Sandhurst (1 August)
  • You must be predicted to get 180 UCAS points (or equivalent) and have 35 ALIS points, including a C or above in English language, maths and a science or foreign language). You will need to meet these standards to start training
  • You must already have a confirmed offer of a university place
  • You should be physically fit
  • Army Scholars cannot apply for this scheme

How does the application process work?

To apply, you need to email the National Recruiting Centre ARTD-RG-NRCGYC@MOD.UK

You'll then be contacted and sent an application form to complete. On completion you'll receive a medical declaration form to complete and return.

If you're eligible, you'll then go through the following steps:

  • Interview with a Senior Careers Adviser
  • Attend a medical examination
  • Attend the Army Officers Selection Board (AOSB) Briefing (held over 2 days)
  • Attend the AOSB Main (Selection) Board (held over 3 1/2 days)
  • You'll then receive confirmation of your place on the scheme

What are the medical and fitness requirements?

Army life can be physically tough and some medical conditions can prevent you from joining, so as part of your application you will fill in an online medical questionnaire. Before you go to the AOSB at Westbury you’ll have a medical examination, and at Westbury you’ll do some physical tests.

We're now accepting applications for next year's course

Questions? Get in touch. Call us on 030 6770 4820 for a chat.

Lead and Learn - Degrees while you work

For those joining as an Army officer without a degree, you can now earn one while you train and serve. Your training will count towards a BSc in Leadership and Strategic Studies.

Young officers

Not taking a gap year?

Take part in the Army’s one year leadership development programme; to becoming a Commissioned Officer and spend up to 12 months learning to command and lead.

Officers at Sandhurst