Find where you belong.

What does an army officer do?

Be the one others turn to. Be responsible. Be trusted with the safety of the nation. Become a British Army Officer, and you’ll be doing something that really matters. Leading a team. Making a difference to the world.

From the moment you join the Army, you’ll be set on a clear path for promotion and progression, receiving all the support and opportunities you need to rise through our ranks and realise your potential.

Become a British Army Officer, and you’ll receive:

  • A starting salary of around £27,200 which will rise to around £32,800 upon completion of one year's training
  • Subsidised accommodation and facilities, increasing your disposable income
  • Free medical and dental health cover
  • Opportunities to continually progress your career
  • Sponsorship to study for valuable civilian-recognised qualifications
  • Adventurous Training, and the chance to play your favourite sports or take up a new one

Find where you belong

Your Army career starts at the Royal Military Academy Sandhurst. You’ll learn the skills you need to become an Officer – from weapons handling to outdoor survival – to what it takes to lead your team in a range of hostile situations, anywhere in the world.

Once you’ve commissioned, you’ll take charge of 30 soldiers. Then, you’ll begin the specialist training you need to be an expert in your chosen field, whether that’s engineering, intelligence gathering, or piloting an Apache helicopter. You’ll also take part in Adventurous Training around the world, from skiing in the Alps to white-water rafting in Colorado. All while you’re earning a starting salary of around £32,800 (after training).

You’ll also enjoy a fantastic range of benefits that come with Army life, from sports and state-of-the-art training facilities, to earning valuable professional qualifications.


What do I need to do to become an army officer?

You don’t need a degree for many Officer roles, and specific entry requirements vary from role to role. What we look for in our Officer Cadets is leadership potential, a sense of purpose and the drive to do great things. With these qualities in place, we can give you the training you need to take your skills and abilities and shape them into something amazing, whether you’re fresh out of school, are professionally qualified or already building a career.

To become an officer, you will need to meet the following eligibility criteria:

  • aged between 18 and 28 years and 11 months, although some exceptions may apply
  • meet the army nationality and residency requirements
  • pass a full army medical
  • hold 72 UCAS Tariff points. These points must come from a maximum of three subjects (four for Scottish Highers), with a minimum of two subjects being at National Level 3, not including AS levels or General Studies

Related skills

  • Communication
  • Discipline
  • IT
  • Leadership
  • Organisation
  • People management
  • Physical fitness
  • Teamwork

Essential qualifications

  • 72 UCAS Tariff points. These points must come from a maximum of three subjects (four for Scottish Highers), with a minimum of two subjects being at National Level 3, not including AS levels or General Studies

Desirable qualifications

  • Degree

Where to find out more

More information:

Army Undergraduate Bursaries

Whether you’re about to embark on your degree or you’re already studying, you could benefit from an Army Undergraduate Bursary, from £6,000 - £24,000. Just show us you’ve got what it takes to join us as an Officer when you graduate. Find out more here.

Army Officer Scholarship Scheme

The Army Officer Scholarship Scheme (AOSS) offers financial support to future Army Officers studying for A-Levels, Scottish Highers, or equivalent qualifications. You could be given an award of up to £3,000 when you're in Academic Year 13 (Sixth Form). Find out more here.

Where could I be working?

You could be deployed or posted in the UK or overseas in places like Canada or Cyprus. You could face a range of testing challenges, conditions and situations depending on your role and regiment. You would spend a lot of time on training exercises; you may also be in an office as a manager, or in an engineering workshop or field hospital. 

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