How to Join the British Army as a Foreigner or Commonwealth Citizen

How to Join the British Army as a Foreigner

If you want to join the British Army as a Foreigner or Commonwealth Citizen, there are a few criteria that you need to know. Here, we’ll be looking at how you can be eligible to join the British Army as a Foreigner or Commonwealth Citizen in 2019.

British Army Commonwealth Criteria – Join the British Army as a Foreigner

As of November 2018, government ministers have announced plans to allow foreigners to join the British army. They can even be eligible if they haven’t lived in the UK. However, this has yet to be finalised. So, here’s what you need to know if you’re a Commonwealth citizen who wants to join the British Army as a foreigner. If you’re a Commonwealth citizen, there are limited spaces available for you in the British Army. Commonwealth citizens are eligible for the Army, and no longer need to be residents of the United Kingdom. There are two criteria that you must meet:

1. You must have permission to enter the UK. If you have some kind of travel ban which prevents you from entering the UK, then you are not eligible to join the British Army.

2. You must possess a passport that is valid for at least two years after your starting date in the Army. So, if you started work in the Army on 25th October 2019, it must be valid at least until 25th October 2021.

How to Join the British Army as a Foreigner

List of Commonwealth Countries

If you are a citizen of any of the following countries, then you are eligible to join the British Army as a Commonwealth citizen: Antigua and Barbuda, Australia, The Bahamas, Bangladesh, Barbados, Belize, Brunei Darussalem. Cameroon, Canada, Cyprus, Dominica, Fiji, Ghana, Grenada, Guyana, India, Jamaica, Kenya, Kiribati, Lesotho, Malawi, Malaysia, Maldives, Malta, Mauritius, Mozambique, Namibia, Nauru, New Zealand, Nigeria, Pakistan Papua New Guinea, Rwanda, Saint Lucia, Samoa, Seychelles, Sierra Leone, Singapore, Solomon Islands, South Africa, Sri Lanka, St Kitts and Nevis, St Vincent and the Grenadines, Swaziland. Tonga, Trinidad and Tobago, Tuvalu, Uganda. United Republic of Tanzania, Vanuatu, and Zambia.

British Army Foreigner Criteria – Join the British Army as a Foreigner

If the law does change in 2019, it will likely mean that you do not need to be UK resident to join the British Army. This means that there will be limited spaces for foreign nationals to join the British Army.

How to Join the British Army as a Foreigner

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British Army Recruitment for Commonwealth Countries 2019

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222 thoughts on “How to Join the British Army as a Foreigner or Commonwealth Citizen

  1. Dodin says:

    Hello, i Would like to have some information, i am 27 years old actually living on France, i was for 5 years on the french foreign legion. I have a mauritian passeport, i want to know if i can join the u.k army as a soldier? Thanks in advance

    • Jordan Cooke says:

      Hi there,

      Based on what you’ve said, it sounds like you would be eligible to apply to join the British Army. If you are a citizen of France or Mauritius, then you are eligible to join the British Army, as a commonwealth citizen.

      Hope this helps!

      Sincerely,

      The How2Become Team

      • Peter Watson Francis Ukoh says:

        I’m an African precisely nigeria. I’m 26 years of age. Can I join the UK military, if I want to?

        • Jordan Cooke says:

          Hi Peter,

          Yes, absolutely. Since Nigeria is in the commonwealth, you are eligible to apply!

          Sincerely,

          The How2Become Team

          • Luke says:

            Hello, my name is Luke. I am a Canadian, who is looking forward to join the British Army as a full time soldier. Any information will be great, thank you very much.

          • Jordan Cooke says:

            Hi Luke,

            Canada is in the commonwealth, so you are eligible to join =]. Have a look at our excellent commonwealth mastery course, as this will certainly assist you.

            Sincerely,

            The How2Become Team

        • Brandonnel says:

          Hey I am a 19 year old Namibia n citizen and would like to join the British army I want to know if I must have a Namibia passport for 2 years or British passport to enter

          • Jordan Cooke says:

            Hi there,

            Since Namibia is in the commonwealth, you will not need a British passport in order to apply. Commonwealth citizens are eligible to apply for selection.

            Sincerely,

            The How2Become Team

      • Luca says:

        Hi,I live in London from 7 months with residence,work and live here but like opportunity for army,I like too much enter to army but I’m Italian…how much time I have to wait for enter?2 or 5 years?I do MMA and I like atletiche sports,I think of try 100 or 400 mentres.

    • Farooq says:

      My name is Farouk and I am from Iraq. I want to join the British Army. I was working in the Iraqi army commandos. I worked at the Bahrain embassy as a bodyguard . I am currently a bodyguard in a security company. I use many light and medium weapons

      • Jordan Cooke says:

        Hi Farouk,

        Iraq is not part of the Commonwealth. Therefore, you would need to apply for British Citizenship in order to join the Army.

        Sincerely,

        The How2Become Team

    • Kum samson Mua says:

      I will be very great full if I can Join the Army, I’m a cameroonian age 25 years, holder of Cameroon’s General Certificate Of Education G.C.E Advance Level in 2 subjects. Thanks

      • Jordan Cooke says:

        Hi there,

        It’s great to hear that you’re interested in joining the army. Since you are a commonwealth citizen, you are eligible to apply – so why not give it a go and see how you get on?

        Sincerely,

        The How2Become Team

        • Majok says:

          Hi am majok from south Sudan but am a refugee based in Kenya …
          I am interested at joining your army …am age 20 …I finished my high school certificate ..
          What do I need to succeed

          • Jordan Cooke says:

            Hi there,

            Since Sudan is not in the commonwealth (although this could well change in the near future) at the present time you would need to apply for British or commonwealth citizenship in order to gain entry into the Army.

            Sincerely,

            The How2Become Team

  2. Mano says:

    Is this even for real? about the commonwealth countries being allowed to join the army without ever living in the UK because i applied and told them i held a british passport since birth but never lived in the UK and they rejected my application because of that

    • Jordan Cooke says:

      Hi Mano,

      I’m sorry to hear that you’ve been rejected by the army. The rules about commonwealth citizens still apply, but it might be the case that you need to fulfill extra criteria in some circumstances – the army should be able to give you some detailed information on why you’ve been rejected on this occasion.

      Sincerely,

      The How2Become Team

      • Mano says:

        This is how it went

        I applied for the role of infantry,
        They sent me a nationality and residency questionnaire where they ask me to fill the addresses of the places I’ve stayed at besides the UK, I email them and tell them I’ve never lived in the UK so how am I to process this application, they tell me I have to stay for 5 years in the UK before applying and have withdrawn my application. I have since then tried to contact them 2x via email but no response.
        What do I do?
        I was born in Hong Kong during the British rule and that’s why I got a British passport since birth and I m aware that Hong Kong is not a commonwealth country but I also happen to hold a passport and ID card of another country which is on the commonwealth countries list.
        Should I start a new application? I honestly want to join the army really badly tbh.

        • Jordan Cooke says:

          Hi Mano,

          Thanks for your detailed response. Our suggestion is to contact your local Armed Forces Careers Office – they should be able to provide you with application specific tips, regarding your eligibility.

          Sincerely,

          The How2Become Team

      • Amusa munirat abiodun says:

        Am interested but am not living in UK from Nigeria am a fresh graduate …looking for work I don’t mind ifu can find space for me there I will be very glad thank sir….

        • Jordan Cooke says:

          Hi Amusa,

          Luckily, Nigeria is part of the commonwealth. Therefore, depending on your personal circumstances, you would be eligible to apply – as there are (limited) spaces available for foreign nationals in the British army =].

          Sincerely,

          The How2Become Team

      • Samm says:

        Hi there, if someone tried for army not recommended for his countries army Pakistan if he can try to join Britain army?

        • Jordan Cooke says:

          Hi Samm,

          If you have been rejected by other armed forces, then it is unlikely that you will be accepted by the British army, but of course you are welcome to try – depending on your personal circumstances and nationality, of course.

          Sincerely,

          The How2Become Team

        • Dovydas says:

          Hello im from lithuania and i have lived in the uk for over 10 years but i have a lithuanian passport would i be able to join the uk army

          • Jordan Cooke says:

            Hi Dovydas,

            Unfortunately you would need to apply for British citizenship in order to join the UK Army. However, since you have lived in the UK for ten years this shouldn’t be an issue!

            Sincerely,

            The How2Become Team

      • Jordan Cooke says:

        Hi Sandro,

        Since Israel is not part of the Commonwealth, you would need to apply for British citizenship in order to join the British Army. You can find out more, via the Army recruitment page

        Sincerely,

        The How2Become Team

        • Jordan Cooke says:

          Hi there,

          You certainly can apply, since India is in the commonwealth =]. Have a go and let us know how you get on!

          Sincerely,

          The How2Become Team

  3. Karl says:

    Hello, I am 22 years old and held a Gambian passport and I just completed a BSC degree in Computer Science and Technology in China. Am I eligible to apply?

    • Jordan Cooke says:

      Hi Karl

      Since Gambia is a member of the commonwealth, yes you are eligible to join. There are two criteria that you must meet:

      1. You must have permission the enter the UK. If you have some kind of travel ban which prevents you from entering the UK, then you are not eligible to join the British Army.
      2. You must possess a passport that is valid for at least two years after your starting date in the Army. So, if you started work in the Army on 25th October 2019, it must be valid at least until 25th October 2021.

      Hopefully this helps! Best of luck.

      Sincerely,

      The How2Become Team.

        • Jordan Cooke says:

          Hi Afoke,

          Since Nigeria is in the commonwealth, you would be eligible to apply. Why not give it a go and see how you get on? Best of luck!

          Sincerely,

          The How2Become Team

  4. Benny says:

    Hi, I am 32 years old and my wife is 31 years. We have two kids and I would like to join the British army. Is it possible for me?

    • Jordan Cooke says:

      Hi Benny,

      Since South Africa is a member of the commonwealth, yes you are eligible to join. There are two criteria that you must meet:

      1. You must have permission the enter the UK. If you have some kind of travel ban which prevents you from entering the UK, then you are not eligible to join the British Army.
      2. You must possess a passport that is valid for at least two years after your starting date in the Army. So, if you started work in the Army on 25th October 2019, it must be valid at least until 25th October 2021.

      Hopefully this helps! Best of luck.

      Sincerely,

      The How2Become Team.

      • James Barnes says:

        Hi Jordan, I too am a South African but on the online application if I reply yes that I have no restriction to prevent me entering the UK it still won’t allow me to submit returning “candidate has not met minimum UK residency requirements”. Do you perhaps have an email address where I can communicate directly with a recruitment centre.

  5. Diane Mitchley says:

    Hi Jordan,

    My son is SA born wanting to join the Armed Forces, I hold a UK passport, he would need to apply for the ancestral visa. Thing is when we do the application he can only get to a point where he’s asked for a visa application number etc. He’s not been to the UK yet, not done a visa application as of yet until he is able to complete the application form. Please can you shed some light on this trouble shooting or in-fact maybe we’ve missed something on the application itself. Our understanding is the visa process would only start once you’ve go feedback to attend the recruitment process. Thank you

    • Jordan Cooke says:

      Hi Diane,

      It is our understanding that your son will need to obtain his visa first – before he can complete the application process. That being said, the laws on UK residency have now relaxed, so he won’t need to be a UK citizen in order to join. You can read more about the process via the Army eligibility page , or alternatively it would be a good idea to get in touch with a UK Armed Forces Careers Office – as they should be able to point you in the right direction =].

      Sincerely,

      The How2Become Team

    • Jordan Cooke says:

      Hi Jovilisi,

      It depends upon a variety of factors – but your nationality would not rule you out in this case, since Fiji is part of the commonwealth!

      Sincerely,

      The How2Become Team

    • Rajeev Nair says:

      I am from India. I been in uk 9 yrs I like to join in British army I don’t have valid visa I mean visa under process this mean time can I join ? My Indian passport validity more 2 yrs existing please give me your advice

      • Jordan Cooke says:

        Hi Rajeev. Based on your personal circumstances, it sounds like you would be eligible to join – having lived in the UK for 9 years and as a member of a commonwealth nation, you meet the nationality criteria. Why not apply and see how you get on? Let us know if you run into any difficulties!

        Sincerely,

        The How2Become Team

  6. Charles says:

    Thank you so much for the information,i’m Charles and i’m 27years old from Zimbabwe,i have a Diploma in Electrical and Electronics Engineering and i believe Zimbabwe is in the Common Wealth,i would like to know how to apply and possibly if you can send me a link.Thank you

    • Jacob Senior says:

      Hi Charles,

      Zimbabwe is no longer part of the Commonwealth, and so you do not currently meet the citizenship requirements to join the British Army. You would need to apply for British Citizenship.

      Kind regards,
      The How2Become Team.

    • Jacob Senior says:

      Hi Edwin,

      Since Kenya is a member of the Commonwealth, you meet the citizenship requirements to join the army.

      Kind regards,
      The How2Become Team.

  7. Mandla Shongwe says:

    am a Swazi citizen age 26 years old .so I’m already having the Army email account and now I’m on the applying process where am really stuck on the part where I’ve to select my country name, but it doesn’t appear on the list only 7 countries appearing there and there is no other way to type my country name manually on the box.even if I skip that part I’m not able to submit my application . please help me I’m very keen to serve the UK Army.
    I have a valid international passport

    • Jordan Cooke says:

      Hi Mandla,

      It sounds like the issue here is a technical problem with the Army website. Our advice is to get in touch with them to ascertain what the issue is here – they should be able to fix it for you, so you can move on with your application =].

      Best of luck.

      Sincerely,

      The How2Become Team

    • Jordan Cooke says:

      Hi Kenneth,

      Kenya is a member of the Commonwealth, so it sounds like you would be eligible, depending on your personal circumstances of course. Why not give it a go, and apply?

      Best of luck!

      Sincerely,

      The How2Become Team.

  8. Ancilla Dickson says:

    Good day

    My name is Ancilla 24years of age, South African I am interested in joining the British army how do I go go about applying please?

      • Kwagh says:

        Hi, please kindly confirm to me if the British residency requirements (5 years) for Commonwealth citizens who wish to join the Armed Forces have been scrapped or not. I seem to be unable to submit my application and I get an error message that “candidate has not met minimum UK residency requirement.”

        • Jacob Senior says:

          Hi Kwagh,

          To our knowledge, this initiative has not been scrapped. The Army website still welcomes applicants from the Commonwealth.

          We’re sorry to hear you’re having difficulties with your application. This sounds like a technical issue, since the Army website states that UK residency is not required to apply. We recommend that you get in touch with British Army directly and see if they can resolve this problem for you.

          Best of luck in your application,
          The How2Become Team.

  9. Ruben says:

    Hello Jordan,
    I am a Portuguese citizen but have been living in the UK for more than 5 years. I understand Portugal is not part of the common wealth countries but would I still be able to join the British army?
    Thank you

    • Jordan Cooke says:

      Hi Ruben,

      By the sounds of it, you are definitely eligible to join the army, depending on your personal circumstances of course. However, you can increase your chances of success by applying for British Citizenship – as there are more allocated spaces for British citizens. Since you’ve been living in the UK for more than 5 years, you can apply for UK citizenship by naturalisation.

      We hope this helps, best of luck.

      Sincerely,

      The How2Become Team

  10. Nkansah says:

    Hi, I’m Charles Nkansah from Ghana. I’m very interested in joining the Army. Am I eligible to join? If yes, let me know when the recruitment starts with the Commonwealth countries.

    • Jacob Senior says:

      Hi Charles,

      Since Ghana is a Commonwealth country, you are eligible to join the British Army. Recruitment is happening all the time, so our recommendation is that you start your application now.

      Good luck with your application!
      The How2Become Team.

  11. Obah-Ampong Christian says:

    Hello thank you for your detailed explanation. I am Kojo, a Ghanaian. I understand I can join due to the fact that I come from a Commonwealth country.
    I have a Bachelor of laws Degree from Ghana and a Certificate of Higher Education in Common Law from the University of London. What rank do I qualify to be enrolled in.
    Also will I qualify to be a Professional Qualified Officer once I complete my legal education and become a barrister in the UK

    • Jacob Senior says:

      Hi Kojo,

      As a foreign national, you will likely not be joining as an officer. We hope this helps!

      Thanks,
      The How2Become Team.

  12. Moeid says:

    I lived in London, England for a total of 8 years ( not consecutively ), but I am a Belgian national and citizen and currently live in Belgium, would I be eligible for the British Military?

    • Jordan Cooke says:

      Hi Moeid,

      The British Army does have spaces for foreign nationals – but these are relatively limited. Therefore (depending on your personal circumstances) you are likely eligible, but there will be more limited opportunities to join. It certainly does help if you can obtain British citizenship prior to application.

      We hope this helps, and we wish you the best of luck.

      Sincerely,

      The How2Become Team

  13. Gabriel Mwango says:

    Hello Brother,Am Gabriel Mwango .A Kenyan citizen and the fact my country is member of Commonwealth countries I hope the law allows me.I posses a Diploma in Building and Civil Engineering from Technical University of Mombasa.Which opportunities would I be liked to obtain in the Army after the period of training.

    • Jordan Cooke says:

      Hi Gabriel,

      It’s great to hear that you are interested in joining the Army. The British Army has spaces for Commonwealth citizens. So, depending on your personal circumstances, it sounds like you’d certainly be eligible =].

      Sincerely,

      The How2Become Team

    • Jordan Cooke says:

      Hi Faizan,

      We’d be happy to help you. Could you let us know a few more details about personal circumstances, and we’ll be able to advise you on eligibility.

      Hope to hear from you soon!

      The How2Become Team

  14. WYCLIFFE MOKAYA NYABWARI says:

    am wycliffe mokaya a citizen from kenya but currently living and working in qatar,am 31 years of age am i eligible for entry into the british army ???i personally underwentt a paramilitary training at the national youth service of kenya(N.Y.S)how can i join the army as an infantry

    • Jordan Cooke says:

      Hi Wycliffe,

      Kenya is part of the commonwealth. So, assuming there aren’t any barriers to entry within your personal background, then you should be eligible to apply for the army =].

      Sincerely,

      The How2Become Team.

  15. Tony Kankhulungo says:

    hie sir,
    i wanted to know how can i find the application form i want to join the army so that i can fill it

  16. Nkwah Finley says:

    Am Finley writing from the commonwealth countries precisely cameroon.My passport expires on the 21of july 2021.Is it that i am not eligible to apply?

    • Jordan Cooke says:

      Hi Finley,

      Since Cameroon is part of the commonwealth, you should be eligible to apply, depending on your personal circumstances of course =]. Have a go and let us know how you get on!

      Sincerely,

      The How2Become Team

  17. Enoch Gyampo says:

    Am Enoch Gyampo from Ghana, and need a help to join any army I get in the help of someone I thank you

  18. Rawane Raya says:

    Hello,
    I am Rawane Raya From Lebanon.
    I studied Business and Management at Saint_joseph Univesity.
    Than I did my masters in Banking and finance at Saint_Antonios Univesity. U did many tranings at: Fransabank, Central Bank, UNDP, Red Cross, Chamber of commerce. Now I am teaching the refugee Siryan at the official School in Lebanon.
    Actually my dreams is to be component of the British Air Force.
    I am asking if I can apply, if yes How.
    I am proud to be part of the British Air Force.
    Looking for Reply.
    Thank you for your time.
    Best
    Rawane Raya

    • Jordan Cooke says:

      Hi Rawane,

      Unfortunately Lebanon is not part of the Commonwealth. Therefore, you would need to apply for British citizenship prior to applying. Once you’ve done this, we have a fantastic book on how to join the RAF.

      Sincerely,

      The How2Become Team

  19. ashley says:

    I am a student from Hong Kong, have been in UK for 4.5 year with my BN(O). My visa gonna expire soon, still waiting for their reply for interview. Do you know if i will be still eligible after I back home?

    • Jordan Cooke says:

      Hi Ashley,

      Unfortunately Hong Kong is not part of the commonwealth. Therefore, you would need to obtain British citizenship in order to be eligible for application to the Army.

      Sincerely,

      The How2Become Team

  20. Winston N Chingwara says:

    Am winston from Zimbabwe am willing to join British army is it eligible to join your army

    • Jordan Cooke says:

      Hi Winston,

      Zimbabwe was recently denied re-entry into the Commonwealth. So, unfortunately, you would not be eligible unless you applied for British Citizenship.

      Sincerely,

      The How2Become Team

    • Jordan Cooke says:

      Hi Shaun,

      By the sounds of it, yes, you are eligible – depending on your personal circumstances of course =].

      Sincerely,

      The How2Become Team

  21. ALWIN KOM says:

    i am from common wealth citizen India. i want to join UK Army what type of Visa should i get?
    and do i need to stay for 5 years in Uk ? what are the need of document in order to join Uk Army?

    • Jordan Cooke says:

      Hi Alwin,

      If you are a member of the commonwealth then you are certainly eligible to join the Army – although there are limited spaces available. You can read all about applying from a commonwealth country, and the type of documents you’ll need, via the Army nationality webpage.

      Sincerely,

      The How2Become Team

    • Jacob Senior says:

      Hi Lamin,

      As of February 2018, The Gambia is a member state of the Commonwealth. So, Gambian citizens may apply to join the British Army as a Commonwealth Citizen.

      Kind regards,
      The How2Become Team.

  22. Robert Momanyi says:

    I am Robert from Kenya and I am ready and interested to be recruited as one of the British army team, what can I do to achieve this goal.

  23. Menzi says:

    Hi I’m Menzi 26 years old from south Africa ..I’m interested to be recruited as one of the British army team what can I do to achieve this goal

    • Jordan Cooke says:

      Hi Mohammed,

      Pakistan is a member of the commonwealth, so you are certainly eligible to join. In order to join the Army as a soldier, you don’t need any qualifications – although you will need to pass at least one interview, which will be conducted in English.

      Sincerely,

      The How2Become Team

  24. calleb marube says:

    i am a kenyan and i really want to join the military how can i apply for it because in my country its really hard …..if you really are there i need your help i always wanted to be in uniform

    • Jordan Cooke says:

      Hi Lavela,

      Unfortunately Liberia is not in the commonwealth. Therefore you would not be eligible to apply unless you attained British citizenship.

      Sincerely,

      The How2Become Team

  25. Abdul K. Sesay says:

    Hi, i want to join the army, and i am in sierra leone. i have an uncle living in the Uk, who is ready to provide me a shelter. but i want to know when i completed the online application. how do i know that i have been selected for the job.

    • Jordan Cooke says:

      Hi Abdul,

      That’s great news – Sierra Leone is in the commonwealth, so therefore you should be eligible to apply, depending your personal circumstances of course. In terms of when they’ll get back to you, it’s hard to say, as this is dependent on a) the success of your form and b) how many other applicants there are.

      Sincerely,

      The How2Become Team

  26. David says:

    Hi, I am David and a Ghanaian citizen. I applied to join the army and have been successful at the initial stage. I am to do my final assessment in the Uk and have already applied for the visa. I was told to book a return ticket when coming over. Does that mean I will have to return to Ghana after my assessment even if I am successful?

    • Jordan Cooke says:

      Hi David,

      That’s fantastic news, it’s great to hear that you’re set to do the assessment. If you have a UK visa and indefinite leave to remain, then you shouldn’t need to return to Ghana, but this is very much dependent on your individual circumstances.

      Sincerely,

      The How2Become Team.

      • Rajeev Nair says:

        Hi I got as Invitation for assessment they give me letter for applying visa but I don’t which application i need to submit to home office can please guide me I m in uk and previous application is pending as well .

        • Jordan Cooke says:

          Hi Rajeev,

          You would need to contact the home office specifically for this query – since the type of visa/application you need depends very much on your personal situation.

          Sincerely,

          The How2Become Team

  27. Boyd says:

    Hi Jordan.

    I am 27 going on 28 in a few days time. I am from South Africa, have a wife and two children who are also South African, we are based in Scotland and have been here just over 1 year, we came over on an ancestral visa which gives us the right to live and work in the UK for 5 years.

    I have tried applying for the Army and the RAF multiple times for both Full time and reserves but I keep getting rejected. However I have got a bad back but am willing to push through the basic training to seek a career. What could you advise could you give me?

    Regards
    Boyd

    • Jordan Cooke says:

      Hi Boyd,

      We’re sorry to hear about your problems with your back. Is this something you are including in your application form, or are you getting to the medical stage and failing? If it’s the former, then it’s entirely possible that there are other reasons for the rejection, that aren’t down to your medical issues. Our advise is to contact your local armed forces careers office, to see if they can assist you further.

      Sincerely,

      The How2Become Team

      • Boyd says:

        Hi Jordan.

        Thank you for your response, I have filled in two application forms already but get rejected at the application level. I do not state that I have a back condition because I am able to push through it, they recommend downloading a army fitness app which is meant to prepare you for the physical tests, I am able to push through most of the exercises they recommend.

        I will do as you recommend and see if the careers office can assist further.

        Regards
        Boyd.

    • Jordan Cooke says:

      Hi Louis,

      Ghana is in the Commonwealth, so it sounds like you would be eligible to apply, depending on your personal circumstances of course. Give it a go and let us know how you get on!

      Sincerely,

      The How2Become Team

        • Jordan Cooke says:

          Hi Louis,

          No, you would not be able to use our address to apply. You would have to use your own! Best of luck though, and let us know how you get on.

          Sincerely,

          The How2Become Team

  28. samson kachikunje says:

    I am Malawian and willing to join British army, am 23 years old, single, physically fit but I lack more updates when it comes to vacancies.
    Please assist me..

    Regards

    Samson.

    • Jordan Cooke says:

      Hi Samson,

      You can find more information about applying and vacancies via the actual army website. However, since Malawi is in the commonwealth, you shouldn’t have a barrier to applying in this respect =].

      Sincerely,

      The How2Become Team

  29. Héctor Román says:

    Good morning, my name is Héctor I’m from Spain living in the UK for 6 years now and I don’t possess the British passport. Would I be eligible to apply to join the British Army? If not, what is all I need? Thanks in advance.

    • Jordan Cooke says:

      Hi Hector,

      You would need to obtain British citizenship before applying – as Spain is not a member of the commonwealth. Once you’ve sorted that, you should be able to go onto the Army website and apply from there =].

      Sincerely,

      The How2Become Team

  30. thiago says:

    hi, iam Brazilian but have Italian citizenship and living in England 3 years so far however dam 38 years old, is there any chance going the army?

    • Jordan Cooke says:

      Hi Thiago,

      Likely, you would need to apply for British citizenship prior to being accepted by the Army. This is a more complicated query – our advice is to try and get in touch with the army specifically to see what they say about your specific situation =].

      Sincerely,

      The How2Become Team

  31. Rai SC says:

    Hi,

    I am Nepalese Citizen.
    Born in Singapore.

    Will I still be able to join the British Army as foreigner?
    Any information about how to do about being in the BA.

    I was too old and unfit when the time for Gurkha Recruitment.
    Son of Ex-Singapore Gurkha.

    • Jordan Cooke says:

      Hi Rai. Singapore is in the commonwealth, so it sounds like you would be eligible to apply – although this of course depends on your personal circumstances. You would need to pass fitness assessments to join the army, and the standards are high!

      Sincerely,

      The How2Become Team

  32. Amos says:

    Hello,
    I’m from Ghana and i just turned 25 years of age and would like to apply as a driver is it possible for me to do so?? as i have tried signing up and they send an activation link has been sent to my email yet i have waited and i have never received any activation email yet. what do i do pls

    • Jordan Cooke says:

      Hi Amos,

      Please could you are clarify what you mean by ‘driver’? Do you mean that you would like to apply a vehicle operative?

      Let us know, and we’ll do our best to assist =].

      Sincerely,

      The How2Become Team

  33. Ivelin says:

    Hi i would like to ask can i join the army im from Bulgaria im working in the UK been here already 2 mouths have a passport never been in the army im 21 years old it is my dream from a young age to join the army since Bulgaria doest offer me much would like to ask can i join here or no

    • Jordan Cooke says:

      Hi Ivelin.

      Unfortunately Bulgaria is not in the commonwealth, so you would need to obtain British citizenship in order to apply for the Army. Once you’ve achieved that, you’ll be in a great position to fill out the application form.

      Sincerely,

      The How2Become Team

  34. emuran says:

    Hi… So about the sponsor part.. Is it like really necessary.. What if I have nobody to shelter me there but can live on my own till the time of enlistment

    • Jordan Cooke says:

      Hi Kerrie. Yes, I believe you can =]. In order to apply as an officer, you must meet the army nationality and residency requirements.

      Sincerely,

      The How2Become Team

  35. Marcus Ralifo says:

    Hello sir. I am a Fiji citizen and I’ve already applied to join the British Army. I’ve answered all follow up questions and they’ve even asked for a scan of my passport. Up until now I haven’t heard back from them. It’s been almost 2 weeks now. How long should I expect to wait for a reply?

    • Jordan Cooke says:

      Hi Marcus,

      It really depends on how many candidates they are processing and the state of your application form. If there’s a lot of background info for them to corroborate, then it will take longer for them to reply. Hang in there, and be patient, we’re sure they’ll respond to you soon!

      Sincerely,

      The How2Become Team

  36. Anastasiia says:

    Dear Sir/Madam,
    I would like to ask you teh following question: if I am a foreigner and I have successfully completed the Commissioning coursevat RMAS recently, what are the chances I can join the British Army? I am a citizen of one of the European countries.
    Thank you in advance.

    • Jordan Cooke says:

      Hi there,

      If you are a commonwealth citizen then you would be in with a good chance of entering the army. However, there are limited places available – so make sure you apply as early as possible!

      Sincerely,

      The How2Become Team

  37. Akhil Bisht says:

    Hello sir,
    I am an applicant from India and never been to UK before. Am I eligible to apply and what type of visa do I need to apply as visitor visa does not allows u to interview or take part in such selection process?

  38. Jharna says:

    I am 31 years old and i am from nepal and my wife british citizen 26 years old and i am live in uk form 2017 can joint british army

    • Jordan Cooke says:

      Hi there,

      Of course =]. Do you have any particular questions that you need guidance on? Let us know, thank you!

      Sincerely,

      The How2Become Team

  39. Prince says:

    Hi
    I am 21 years and would like to join the British Army
    whiles filling the form i got to a place where they asked of my first time in entering the UK and which year i entered the UK
    but i havent been to the UK before so how do i continue
    I am from Ghana

  40. Joseph Ozzy says:

    Am having problems filling out the online application form. Its prompting me to fill out a part, which says when I got into the UK, which passport I used to enter and the date of entry. But I have not travelled to the UK, am still in Nigeria. Because of this and other questions I can’t seem to proceed. What do I do.

    • Jordan Cooke says:

      Hi there,

      You will need to complete the form as a commonwealth citizen – if this still doesn’t work then you will need to contact the army directly to enquire about application technical issues, as they will be best placed to assist with that.

      Sincerely,

      The How2Become Team

      • Rabi says:

        Hi! First of all it’s my aim to join in British army. I will embark a very rewarding new life. Especially being an army means earning respect,prestige etc which are priceless. I’m mentally and physically fit for British army. I would be pretty much happy to surved any regiments.And my wife have British passport and I have nepali passport. Since I live in Uk with my wife. I know nepal is not commonwealth,and I know I would need to british citizenship in Oder to apply. Even though any other way do you have information to join british army? So can you please have a look at this matter again. Your help will be greatly appreciated. Your sincerely,
        Rabi Gurung

  41. jeyson says:

    am from cameroon and living in DUBAI , never been to the UK before but will love to join the Army , just want to find out if am eligible and how can i complete the process. thanks

  42. ayesiga emmanuel says:

    i thank so much am in the process of applying through the 77th brigade but everything has been smooth not until i have been told to get the army national registration number (NRC) I have failed to register they have directed me to contact you

    • Jacob Senior says:

      Hi Ayesiga,

      Unfortunately, we cannot help you with this issue. You will need to contact the British Army directly to get this information from them.

      Good luck with your application.

      Kind regards,
      The How2Become Team.

  43. Elias Kamuri says:

    I am from Papua New Guinea and I am 17 years of age. I have a big interest in joining the British Army can you please give the requirements and what must I do first to apply for this job .

    thank you.

    • Jordan Cooke says:

      Hi Mondlie,

      Great news that you’re interested in joining the Army. Our top tips can certainly help you, so have a look on our website, and if you have any questions or need advice then we’ll be happy to assist!

      Sincerely,

      The How2Become Team

    • Jordan Cooke says:

      Hi there,

      That’s no problem at all, we’re glad you found this useful =].

      Sincerely,

      The How2Become Team

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    clever stuff. I will definitely bookmark your website.

    • Jordan Cooke says:

      Hi there,

      We’re really glad to hear you found this useful =]. If you need any help or advice then please don’t hesitate to get in touch!

      Sincerely,

      The How2Become Team

  45. Michael Appiah says:

    Am Michael from Ghana, I already have a sponsor in the Uk but I want to know how to get a waiver to join the UK army?

    • Jordan Cooke says:

      Hi Michael,

      In order to obtain this, you would need to contact the Army directly, as we cannot provide advice on specific situations such as the above.

      Sincerely,

      The How2Become Team

    • Jordan Cooke says:

      Hi Sharon,

      You don’t need any specific qualifications to join the Army, no. Since Malawi is in the commonwealth, you’re eligible to apply =].

      Sincerely,

      The How2Become Team

  46. Kimbowa Abdu says:

    Hi my name is kimbowa Abdu and I want to join British Army do I need any specific test or qualification to join.

  47. Adeleye Joshua says:

    I’m Joshua from Nigeria I want to know the type of Visa I will apply for and all about the visa if I’m called upon for assessment in the UK

    • Jordan Cooke says:

      Hi Adeleye,

      It would very much depend on your personal circumstances as to what Visa you need. We suggest contacting the Army directly for assistance with this, as they should be able to advise.

      Sincerely,

      The How2Become Team

  48. Muhammad Ariffuldin Bin Mat Yusof says:

    My name is Arif. I am from Malaysia. I like to join British Army.I am 21 years old but my height is 156cm so can i pass the recommendation.

    • Jordan Cooke says:

      Hi Muhammad,

      Providing you can pass the physical tests, you should be absolutely fine =]. Why not apply, and see how you get on? Best of luck!

      Sincerely,

      The How2Become Team

    • Jordan Cooke says:

      Hi Ernst,

      There’s a chance that you could be accepted for an officer role, as this done on a case by case basis. However, the regular age limit for applicants to the Army is 36, so unfortunately you would be restricted as to what you can apply for.

      We wish you the very best of luck.

      Sincerely,

      The How2Become Team

  49. Lihle says:

    Hey I am Lihle from South Africa I am 16 years old I would like to join Britain Army my parents agreed. The problem is I do not know if they will take me or I am still young. What do I need to apply?

  50. Solomon Le-cocq Ampofo says:

    Hello I’m Solomon from Ghana I’m much interested in joining the UK Army I’m 29 year of age do I stand a chance.

    • Jordan Cooke says:

      Hi Solomon,

      Ghana is in the commonwealth, so yes you do stand a chance =]. Why not apply and let us know how you get on?

      Sincerely,

      The How2Become Team

  51. Selina mutoro says:

    Hi am Selina from Kenya, 26yrs of age holding a degree in B/sc, sports science , am really interested in joining UK Army ,have been trying to apply but couldn’t get the correct platform since am in my home country.

    • Jordan Cooke says:

      Hi Mayowa,

      It’s great to hear that you want to join the army. Why not apply and let us know how you get on?

      Sincerely,

      The How2Become Team

    • Jordan Cooke says:

      Hi Mayowa,

      We would be happy to assist. Please let us know any questions that you have regarding army recruitment, and we’ll do our best to answer for you.

      Sincerely,

      The How2Become Team

    • Jordan Cooke says:

      Hi Kudakwashe,

      We’d be happy to assist you. Let us know your questions, and we’ll do our best to help!

      Sincerely,

      The How2Become Team

    • Jordan Cooke says:

      Hi Enoch. You certainly can apply to join the army. We suggest using our fantastic commonwealth mastery course to help get you started!

      Sincerely,

      The How2Become Team

  52. Marissa St Ange says:

    Hi , I’m planning on studying medicine through graduate entry after I finish my BSc in Biomedical science and I was wondering if I could join the army before or during medical school in hopes of being a military doctor afterwards. Does anyone know how I could approach this? I am a commonwealth citizen from St Lucia.
    Cheersx

    • Jordan Cooke says:

      Hi Marissa,

      It’s great to hear that you are thinking of becoming a military doctor. We advise approaching the army as soon as possible – it’s always good to get your foot in the door and explore the opportunities that they could give you. They might even have some voluntary work available.

      Best of luck.

      Sincerely,

      The How2Become Team

  53. Rabi says:

    Hi!
    I’m Rabi . I’m from Nepal . Now I’m here in Uk. If I got British passport, can I eligible for join in army officer ? But i don’t have GCSCs,A level etc but I got education from Nepal. I have been pass in secondary level,and collage level in Nepal. I’m 23years old.Can I eligible for join in army officer? Due to help of Nepal education like; pass in secondary school level and collage level ? Can i eligible for join in army officer? Your help in this matter will be much more appreciated .
    Your Sincerely,
    Rabi

    • Jordan Cooke says:

      Hi Rabi,

      If you obtained British citizenship then yes you would be eligible to join the Army =]. Why not apply and let us know how you get on?

      Best of luck!

      Sincerely,

      The How2Become Team

      • Rabi says:

        Thankyou jordan, I asking for join in army officer by help of Nepal education like such as I have been pass in secondary school level and as well as college level in Nepal. Or once again I must study A level and uni here in Uk? Please clear this matter.Your help in this matter will be much more appreciated .
        Sincerely,

        Rabi

  54. Rabi says:

    Thankyou jordan, I asking for join in army officer by help of Nepal education like such as I have been passed in secondary school level and as well as college level in Nepal. Or once again I must study A level and uni here in Uk? For eligible to join in army officer?Please clear this matter.Your help in this matter will be much more appreciated .
    Sincerely,

    Rabi

  55. Angella Bonnick says:

    I have a Netherlands passport but i use to live in the UK. Have a conviction when I was there and think it’s overturned base on the years. I’m now 46 can I join the army still?

    • Jordan Cooke says:

      Hi there,

      It would really depend on the nature of your conviction – likewise your age in this case unfortunately would likely count against you. It’s still worth contacting the army though, as it might be the case that you are eligible. Why not give it a try and see how you get on?

      Sincerely,

      The How2Become Team

  56. king says:

    hi i am applying for the british army , am from Ghana , there is a field in the eligiblity part that says the date you entered uk but i havn’t lived there before, is there anyway to bypass that field since i cant submit the form without filling that portion

    • Jordan Cooke says:

      Hi there,

      For technical issues relating to the army application form, please get in touch with the army directly – as they should be able to provide you with comprehensive advice.

      Sincerely,

      The How2Become Team

  57. Sanju says:

    Hello sir I am 37 years old got a seventeen years of service experienced in indian army froce so do I egible to join british reserve froce ? please suggest me sir …thankyou

  58. Geena Whiting says:

    Is it possible to apply for officers training if you are part of the common wealth and have a tertiary education?

    • Jordan Cooke says:

      Hi Geena,

      It sounds like you would be eligible, yes =]. Please could you explain what you mean by tertiary education?

      Sincerely,

      The How2Become Team

      • Geena Whiting says:

        Good Afternoon Jordan,

        Specifically a BEng in Civil Engineering with Honours in South Africa at an internationally recognized university.

        Even though I have not lived in the UK, can I apply for officers training?

  59. Geena Whiting says:

    Hi Team,

    Having specifically studied a BEng in Civil Engineering with Honours in South Africa at an internationally recognized university,
    even though I have not lived in the UK, can I apply for officers training?

  60. Guggisberg Asamoah Tetteh says:

    hi am Guggisberg Asamoah Tetteh from Ghana and am 20 years of Age and i really want to join the army at all cost

    • Jordan Cooke says:

      Hi there,

      So good to hear that you want to join the UK Army. Why not apply and let us know how you get on? If you have any questions then we’re here to help!

      Sincerely,

      The How2Become Team

  61. Joseph Aka says:

    Hello there. I’m Joseph in 18 and im Italian. I’ve lived in the UK for almost 5 years and im doing public services so the course is of 1 year and then My college helps me to join the army. So my question is since Italy is not in the commonwealth countries should I quite my course or continues.?

    • Joseph Aka says:

      I mean I’m doing level 2 public services so in that case foe level to students is of 1 years and then they join whatever forces they want. But I’m not british im Italian

      • Jordan Cooke says:

        Hi Joseph,

        You would need to obtain British citizenship in order to join the UK Army, since Italy is not in the commonwealth. Once you achieve this though, you’ll be free to apply!

        Sincerely,

        The How2Become Team

  62. Isaac says:

    Hi, I am Isaac from Ghana. I am unable to complete the eligibility form because it asks for mandatory details like the date I did visited the UK and VISA details. I think i am filling the wrong from. Please guide me with what i can do to proceed as I have saved the form but cannot submit because of mandatory questions that does not apply to me.

    • Jordan Cooke says:

      Hi Issac,

      Unfortunately we are not able to help with visa specific issues – you would need to contact the army directly to resolve this problem.

      Sincerely,

      The How2Become Team

  63. bill says:

    hi
    Am 30years and a Ghanaian and holding a BSc Accounting
    Am i eligible to apply for the UK army and do i qualify
    If i am, which particular entry should i apply for (regular entry, officer, etc)

    • Jordan Cooke says:

      Hi there,

      You certainly would be eligible. It sounds like you’d be an ideal fit to apply for regular entry. So, why not give it a try and let us know how you get on?

      Best of luck!

      Sincerely,

      The How2Become Team

  64. John says:

    Hi there,

    My name is John and I am in my early 30’s. I was born and raised in Costa Rica, but I have dual nationality. My late father was born in England. Therefore I have been a British citizen since birth and I also have a British passport. Am I elegible to join the army? Can I apply even though Costa Rica is not part of the commonwealth?

    Any help will be appreciated, thank you.

    Regards

    • Jordan Cooke says:

      Hi John,

      If you yourself have British citizenship then you should be eligible to apply – but the length of time that you’ve stayed or lived in the UK for could factor into this too. If you’ve spent an extended amount of time in the UK, and have British citizenship, then there should be no problem at all!

      Sincerely,

      The How2Become Team

    • Jordan Cooke says:

      Hi there,

      You certainly can! Since Fiji is a member of the commonwealth, you would be eligible to join. Why not give it a go and let us know how you get on? If you need any tips or advice then please don’t hesitate to get in touch.

      Sincerely,

      The How2Become Team

  65. John says:

    Dear Mr. Cooke,

    Thank you for your getting back to me. The thing is that I have not spent an extended amount of time in the UK. Will that be an issue? Am I still elegible?

    Thank you very much.

    Regards,

    John

  66. Leanne Nel says:

    Good day,
    My son is 18 and in his final year of school. We are South African citizens living in South Africa. My son is eligible for an ancestral visa based on the birth of his maternal grandmother. He is very interested in joining the armed services. We are unsure on whether he needs to be residing in the UK before applying and if so for what period.
    Any advice would be greatly appreciated.
    Kind Regards
    Leanne

    • Jordan Cooke says:

      Hi Leanne,

      South Africa is part of the commonwealth, so you would be eligible to apply. In regards to residency periods, you would need to contact the army directly, as it depends very much on your personal situation.

      Sincerely,

      The How2Become Team

  67. Olebogeng says:

    Hello, my name is Olebogeng from Botswana,I’m 27 years old,…I did national craft certificate in Maintenance and machine fitting, basic Rigging, First aid level 3 and Fire management…um I elegible to join the British army?

    • Jordan Cooke says:

      Hi Olebogeng,

      Since Botswana is a member of the commonwealth, you would be eligible to apply – depending on you meeting the rest of the eligibility criteria. So, give it a try and let us know how it goes!

      Sincerely,

      The How2Become Team

  68. Sambulo says:

    Greetings Team. I am Sambulo, When is the closing date for applications for 2019 and when will be the Assessment Centres be available.

    Regards

    • Jordan Cooke says:

      Hi there. There is no set recruitment period – you are free to apply for the Army at any time, and if they have spaces available then they’ll be open to selection =].

      Sincerely,

      The How2Become Team

    • Jordan Cooke says:

      Hi there,

      You need to be between the ages of 18-26 in order to apply as a regular solider to the UK Army.

      Sincerely,

      The How2Become Team

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