Army soldiers work in a variety of different roles in conflict zones.

What does an army soldier do?

As a British army soldier, you could be working in conflict zones across the world, or on a peacekeeping or humanitarian mission. The job requires a lot of international travel and often being in dangerous situations. Army soldiers are fit and hardworking and need to be able to function well as part of a team.

There are many different job roles you could perform in the army. As a soldier in a regiment, you could be working in two main areas:

  • combat arms – part of the fighting forces like infantry, cavalry or armoured corps.
  • combat support arms – providing support through IT, engineering, communications, logistics or healthcare. The army provides full training to perform the different kinds of jobs required.

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

You do not need a degree or specific post-GCSE qualifications to become an army soldier. To join the army, you must be aged between 16 and 33. You will need to meet the army’s eligibility criteria. If you are aged under 18, you will need consent from a parent or guardian to join the army.

A number of colleges offer courses in uniformed public services. These are not essential but provide a good preparation for a variety of careers in the police, fire service and armed forces. 

Related skills

  • Ability to understand technical plans
  • Analytics
  • Communication
  • Discipline
  • Literacy
  • Numeracy
  • Organisation
  • Patience
  • Physical fitness
  • Problem solving
  • Teamwork

Related subjects

  • Computer science
  • Foreign languages
  • Geography
  • Physical education

Essential qualifications

  • Be between 16 and 33 years old on the day you enlist
  • Pass a full army medical

Where to find out more

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