How to Join the Army in 2021

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THINKING OF JOINING THE BRITISH ARMY?

Within this awesome resource, we have provided you with everything you need to successfully pass the Army selection process. The content has been created in conjunction with Army careers office recruitment staff to bring you the very best insider information.

Before you begin the Army selection process it is essential you understand the core values required in order to become a British Army soldier.

As a soldier, you will be highly trained and you will be able to carry out your tasks both professionally and competently. However, if the Army did not have a set of core values and it did not have control of its people, then things could soon go wrong. As a soldier, it can be a difficult task balancing the aggression of combat with the self-discipline that is required to perform under immense pressure.

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The British Army Selection Process

The selection process for joining the British Army will normally consist of the following elements:

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Stage 1 – ONLINE REGISTRATION & APPLICATION

The first step on your journey is to register your interest online, or by contacting your local Armed Forces Careers Office. There you will be required to fill out some basic information, learn about life in the army and if you wish to proceed you can then submit an online application.

Joining the Army is a very big decision and one that shouldn’t be taken lightly. You will need to consider your choice of career carefully and will be required to complete a short questionnaire that will determine your suitability for joining.

Stage 2 – The Armed forces careers office Briefing & interview

The next stage in the application process is the briefing and interview. During this you may be asked a number of questions regarding yourself and your motivations for applying for the army. During this stage you also get the opportunity to ask any questions about life in the army and your chosen role. Your candidate support manager will also provide you with a plan to help you prepare the the army aptitude tests and the assessment centre.

Usually held at the armed forces careers office, but due to current COVID-19 restrictions this stage is currently undertaken online.

Stage 3 – THE Army assessment centre

The next stage in the process is to attend the Army assessment centre at one of the centres based around the UK. This 2-day event will include a number of assessments which you will need to pass to progress in the selection process.

  1. Army aptitude tests
  2. Physical tests
  3. Literacy and numeracy tests (depending on qualifications)
  4. Medical assessment

Stage 4 – Background and reference checks

The last stage of the selection process will be for the Army to run some background checks and contact your references.

If all is in order you will be made an offer of employment. If this is accepted, you will be given a starting date for your training and you will be formally enlisted and will commence your Army career.

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The values of the British Army are as follows:

  • Selfless Commitment – putting other people before you.
  • Courage – facing up to danger and doing what is right at all times.
  • Discipline – being able to maintain constant high standards, so that others can rely on you.
  • Integrity – earning the respect and trust of your work colleagues.
  • Loyalty – being faithful to your work colleagues and to your duty.
  • Respect for others – treating others with decency and respect at all times.

Tip Number 1 – Be fully prepared and focused. Learn how to use ‘action plans’ to ensure continuous improvement when applying to the Army

In order to become a British Army Soldier, you will need to be fully prepared and focused. As with any selection process for any British Army jobs or career you need to prepare yourself fully. We believe that you should carry out as much research as possible about the Army and your chosen career or trade.

When you decide to apply you will need to understand what the job is about and how it will affect your life, both professionally and socially. The British Army is looking for people who are professional, flexible, committed, and motivated along with being an effective team player.

You will be required to sit a number of tests and exercises throughout the selection process, including tests that assess your physical fitness. Again, you must prepare for every eventuality. The Army will require you to run a set distance (1.5 miles) within a set time and the only way to prepare for this is to practise, practise and practise some more!

Tip Number 2 – Understand the word ‘teamwork’ and have experience of working in a team when you apply to the Army

The British Army prides itself on its great ability to operate as a team unit.

Try to think of the best football teams in the country. Those that are the most successful are not the ones that have one or two great players, but the ones that have the best overall team. The ability to work as part of a team is essential, and you will be assessed on this throughout the Army selection process.

Within the Army you will be required to work in a team environment every day in order to carry out tasks both small and large. Whether you are working as an Aviation Support Specialist or a Chef, you will need to have very good teamwork skills. Although team skills will be taught during your training, you will still need to demonstrate that you have the potential to become a competent team member throughout the selection process. It is far better if you have experience of working as part of a team prior to joining the Army. If you play a form of team sports then this is even better. There are many definitions of the word ‘teamwork’ but the one that we believe sums it up most effectively is:

The process of working effectively with a group of people in order to achieve a goal.

Assessment Centre Tips

Our online resources are both packed with essential tips on how to complete a successful application, how to pass the Army tests, how to answer the Army interview questions, and also how to approach the assessment centre.

One of the most important things to consider when applying to the Army is that you need to gain as high a score as possible on the assessment centre tests. The higher you score; the more Army job opportunities you will have at your disposal.

The main purpose of the tests is to assess which jobs you are most suited to. Therefore it is important that you obtain high scores. The higher your scores the more career options you will have.

Joining the British Army: Commonly Asked Questions

What are the requirements to become a soldier in the British Army?

There are a number of basic standards which you will have to meet in order to be eligible to become a British Army Soldier. You must be either a British or Irish citizen. In some circumstances you also be may able to join as a member of the commonwealth. It is important that you are not carrying any injuries or serious illness when you apply. The age limit for applying is between 16 to 35 years old. Your application may be rejected if you have any criminal convictions or any tattoos which are above the collar or the content is deemed to be offensive. To join as an army regular soldier, you do not require any formal qualifications, although if you are applying for a specialist role, some specific qualifications may be required.

How much are soldiers paid in the British Army?

Although the initial recruit basic salary does seem to be quite low for soldiers, once you finish your initial training your salary will increase. It is also worth noting that the army will contribute towards your pension and you will receive free medical healthcare. The holiday entitlement in the army is also very good. You will receive 30 days annual leave plus bank holidays. Your food and accommodation are heavily subsidised and you will free access to gym and other sports facilities. In the British Army you will have the opportunity to learn and develop a number of key skills, trades and qualifications, which you can use in your civilian career, once you decide to leave the army. The British Army Soldier current pay scale is displayed below:

  • Initial recruits currently in basic training: £15,985 pa
  • Private: £20,400 pa
  • Lance Corporal: £27,326 pa
  • Corporal: £31, 869 pa
  • Sergeant: £35,853 pa
How can I apply to become a British Army Soldier?

You can apply to the British Army in a number of ways. The most common is to apply via the army website. On the website you can discover what types of roles are available and stacks of information available to you, so you can make an informed decision if any of the British Army jobs are right for you. Another way that you can apply of find out more is to visit your local armed forces careers officer. The recruitment officer, will be more than happy to advise you further regarding your options and help to get your application started if you decide to apply.

How long does it take to join the British Army?

The joining process can differ depending on the individual circumstances. However, the average joining time is around six months from the initial application. It is not uncommon though for candidates to join quicker than six months on occasion.

At what age can you apply to become a soldier in the British Army?

To be eligible to join you will need to be between 16 to 35 years old. The earliest you can apply is when you are 15 years and 7 months old. If you are under 18 you will need your parents’ consent to join. For reservist soldier roles, the joining age is higher (43). For some specialist roles you can join as a reservist up to the age of 49.

Can I join the British Army as a foreigner?

Yes, the British Army does offer a number of limited spaces to applicants from the Commonwealth. To be eligible to apply you must have permission to be in the UK for the duration of your application up until you are selected for enlistment. Applicants must have a valid passport with at least 2 years from your start date. This only applies to full time regular applicants and is not available for reservists. To find out more about joining the army as a commonwealth citizen please visit our Join the British Army as a Commonwealth citizen page.

 

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British Army Assessment Centre

If you passed the previous stages of the selection process and reached this stage, you will be invited to attend the assessment centre which takes place at one of four locations; Glencorse, Pirbright, Belfast or Lichfield. You will be assessed on different elements which will assess your mental and physical abilities. The assessment is residential and you will be assessed over two days of physical and mental activities, which we have broken down for you below:

Fitness Assessments

You will be required to undertake a number of physical assessments which include the following:

  • A multi-stage fitness test, more commonly known as the bleep test. This is not a pass or fail test, but you need to put in maximum effort and your performance will be graded. We strongly advise that you are capable of reaching the level required for the role being applied for. Please note, this bleep test is a temporary replacement for the 2km run due to COVID-19 restrictions.
  • The MId-Thigh Pull test. This is a test of your lower body strength, and you will have 2 attempts to reach the desired score.
  • Medicine Ball throw. This is a test of your upper body strength and you will be assessed on how far you throw the ball. Depending on the role you are applying for will determine the distance required to throw.

Psychometric Assessments

You will have to undertake a number of psychometric assessments tests.

  • An error analysis test
  • A number reasoning test
  • A spatial reasoning test
  • A logical reasoning test
  • Categorical awareness test
  • Rule analysis test
  • Depending on your qualifications and you may have to sit a further literacy and numeracy test.
  • Team Exercises, to assess your team working aptitude and ability.

Interviews

During the assessment centre you will have to sit an interview. These will be with Deputy President, the Vice President of the board and the education advisor

  • You will be asked a number of questions about your self your background your education and motivations for joining the army. This will also focus on your career choice in the army and is your opportunity to ask any questions you may have.

Medical Assessment

During the assessment you will be required to undergo a full medical assessment with one of the army’s doctors. This is to ascertain that you are physically and mentally fit for a career in the army. The doctor will run through with you your medical history and you will be assessed on the following elements;

  • Eyesight
  • Colour perception
  • Hearing
  • Lung capacity
  • Body mass index

The Group Exercises

The assessment centre will also assess you on a number of team working exercises. This is vital that you focus on this exercise as every soldier must have the ability to function comprehensively within a team.

  • Be very supportive of the team.
  • Be calm and in control.
  • Acknowledge other’s suggestions.
  • Don’t panic. It is OK to ask for suggestions.
  • Think outside of the box. If an object provided is of no use to you, don’t use it!

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