Army officer

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As an army officer you’re in charge of a team of soldiers.
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What does an army officer do?

Your exact duties as an army officer would depend on the Arm you work in and what type of job you do. For instance, in the Combat Arms, you could be:

  • infantry platoon officer – leading a team of 30 trained soldiers on operations
  • helicopter pilot officer – with responsibility for your crew and supporting ground troops
  • tank troop officer – in charge of 12 men and their vehicles
  • artillery troop officer – leading a team of 30 soldiers and in charge of weaponry

In the Support Arms, you might work as:

  • an adult heath nurse – caring for injured soldiers in demanding situations
  • medical support officer or dental officer – looking after the health of army personnel and their families
  • veterinary officer – working with military animals
  • chaplain – offering spiritual support to soldiers and their families
Whatever part of the armed forces you work in, you would be responsible for the operational effectiveness, training, discipline, welfare and career development of the soldiers under your command. 

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

Most army officers have a degree although it is not essential. As long as you meet the entry requirements, personal qualities are just as important as qualifications.

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

  • be 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
have at least seven GCSEs (A-C) including English, maths and a science or foreign language, plus two A levels or equivalent qualifications

Related skills

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

Essential qualifications

  • At least seven GCSEs (A-C) including English, maths and a science or foreign language
  • Two A levels or equivalent qualifications

Desirable qualifications

  • Degree

Where to find out more

Army role finder

How to join the army


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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