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As an Army officer, you will be responsible for defending the United Kingdom and its Overseas Territories and supporting international peacekeeping and humanitarian work.

What does an Army officer do?
Responsibilities vary across the job roles within each branch of the Army, but typical activities will include:

  • Planning manoeuvres, assigning duties and communicating effectively with other staff

  • Training and leading subordinate personnel

  • Monitor the welfare and progress of new recruits

  • Operate and maintain warfare systems, specialist equipment and vehicles

  • Take on specialist duties and skills such as engineering, air traffic control, training and administration

  • Produce briefings, reports and presentations

  • Distributing equipment, resources and manpower

Skills & interests required for an Army officer
Being an army officer is a highly demanding job. You will be likely to face extremely dangerous situations in combat zones, and will have significant responsibilities for both the completion of a mission and for the lives of the soldiers under your command. Army officers need to be calm and composed, as well as able to think on their feet and quickly adjust to changing circumstances. While not all army officers will need to be on the frontline, it is highly likely that you will be sent to a variety of different conflict zones during your career. Army officers need to be physically fit and able to cope with less than ideal conditions for extended periods of time.
- Ability to Work Under Pressure
- Communication
- Handling Pressure
- Leadership
- Self-Confidence
- Self-motivation
- Teamwork
- Verbal Communication
What hours does an Army officer typically do?
Some officer roles in the Army will be a 9am to 5pm job, whereas other roles require that you work long and antisocial hours.
What environment is an Army officer based in?
You will be posted to an Army base anywhere in the UK or overseas.
How much does an Army officer travel?
You will be deployed to anywhere in the UK and overseas; you must be prepared to spend long periods of time away from home, some as much as several months at a time.
How much does an Army officer get paid?
There are many different rankings in the Army, meaning that there are a lot of different salaries for different roles. A starting salary for a private is around £17,582 per annum, raising to £32,329 for lieutenant ranking.

A captain is likely to earn between £40,000 and £47,598, and a major can earn between £50,417 and £60,381. The highest ranking in the army, brigadier-general can earn in excess of £102,159.
Perks & benefits

  • Private health and dental care

  • 30 days’s annual leave (plus bank holidays)

  • The Army will pay all of the contributions towards your pension. If you serve for more than 18 years, you'll also qualify for a tax-free lump sum from the age of 40

What qualifications does an Army officer need?
The education requirements for this job are the minimum of 5 GCSEs at grades 9 to 4 (A* to C) and 2 A-levels. Plus, you will need to be aged between 16 and 33, and a national of the UK or Ireland. You will need a degree for some roles in the RAF.

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