WE ARE FORWARD-LOOKING AND READY FOR THE CHALLENGES OF THE FUTURE, BOTH AT HOME AND OVERSEAS.
OUR PEOPLE - OUR GREATEST ASSET
The Army is distinct from the RAF and Royal Navy in that our tasks are always delivered directly by soldiers through human interaction. They are our greatest asset. We are an inspirational employer who embraces diversity, inclusivity and contributes to society in everything we do. We are leaders in leadership with skills for life and the opportunity for all.
We have to make life-critical decisions and take purposeful action in sometimes hostile, confusing and unclear situations that occasionally test us to the limit of human endurance. Our training, development and preparation is personally rewarding but also ensures we are united by common values and strong bonds and will do the right thing, even under the most difficult circumstances.
Our Command Structure
The Army is distinct from the RAF and Royal Navy in that our tasks are always delivered directly by soldiers through human interaction. They are our greatest asset.
Chief of the General Staff
The Chief of the General Staff is the head of the British Army. The post is immediately subordinate to The Chief of Defence Staff, the head of the British Armed Services.
Deputy Chief of the General Staff
Responsible for representing the Army Top Level Budget (TLB) within Head Office and outwards to relevant TLBs and dependencies, provides oversight of the Army Operating Model and provides overall personnel policy direction as the Principal Personnel Officer.
Levels of Command
Within the British Army we have different levels of command made up of varying units.
Three Private soldiers, commanded by a Lance Corporal, form a Fire Team.
Two Fire Teams form a Section which is commanded by a Corporal.
2 Fire Teams
Three Sections are grouped into a Platoon. They are commanded by a Lieutenant and administered by a Sergeant.
Lieutenant or Second Lieutenant
A Company consists on three platoons and a headquarters. It is commanded by a Major, assisted by the Company Sergeant Major.
Commanded by a Lieutenant Colonel, supported by a Regimental Sergeant Major, a Battalion consists of five companies.
Combined arms unit
A Brigadier commands five battalions and supporting elements, grouped together in a Brigade of over 2,500 troops.
The largest formation the British Army can field is a Division which consists of two or more Brigades of 40,000 troops and is commanded by a Major General.
The rank system forms the backbone of the Army's structure and it defines a soldier or officer's role and degree of responsibility.
The rank system forms the backbone of the Army's structure and it defines a soldier's or officer's role and degree of responsibility. The Chief of the General Staff (CGS) is the head of the British Army. CGS commands an Army Staff who work at the Army Headquarters in Andover and exercises command of the Army through two subordinate commands: The Field Army and Home Command.
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