Step up to a career as an Army Officer
Whether it’s commanding a platoon of 30 soldiers on a training exercise in Canada or organizing an adventurous training expedition in Arizona, life for Graduates as an Officer in the British Army is far from routine.
As an Officer cadet you’ll spend 44 weeks at the Royal Military Academy Sandhurst being taught all aspects of soldiering as well as transferable leadership and communication skills, in a high-pressure environment. After graduating from Sandhurst, you will join your chosen Regiment or Corps for further specialist training, before taking command of around 30 soldiers.
Officer cadets are paid a starting salary of £24,971 while at Sandhurst and this rises to £30,014 on completion of training. You can expect to reach the rank of Captain in 3 years which also sees a pay increase to £38,463 with annual rises to follow. You will also benefit from free health and dental care, subsidised accommodation and a competitive pension.
The Army is one of the largest, most respected graduate employers and offers unrivalled training and development. Officers of all disciplines can enhance their management and leadership potential while being taught essential skills and developing self-confidence which will also set them apart in any future civilian career. The Army is looking for people with leadership potential, a strong sense of moral direction and the resourcefulness to succeed.
As well as offering excitement and adventure, the Army supports its Officers with continuous professional learning opportunities to further boost their CVs. You will also find your fitness levels will improve too, through ongoing physical training, sports and adventurous training opportunities.
If the idea of becoming an Army Officer appeals to you but you would rather do this in your spare time, the Army is also looking for Reservist Officers. You’ll gain lots of experience that will be invaluable in your day job, and you get paid for the time you spend training. You’ll even receive a bonus payment for completing a certain amount of training days each year.
This year, the Army has over 700 Regular Officer and 400 Reservist Officer vacancies, including specialist routes for lawyers, doctors, nurses and dentists. Interested graduates should search ‘Army jobs’ to find out if they are eligible.
Length of Course:
As an Officer cadet you’ll spend 44 weeks at the Royal Military Academy Sandhurst being taught all aspects of soldiering as well as transferable leadership and communication skills, in a high-pressure environment.