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Army – Officer

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Army officers lead and manage teams of soldiers. They are responsible for the training, welfare and discipline of the men and women under their command.

The Work

Officers serve in combat units, for example as platoon commanders, in engineering units, in information technology or in intelligence services.

There are also opportunities in specialist roles such as chaplains, doctors, pharmacists, dentists, nurses, lawyers and veterinary surgeons.

All army officers must be ready to serve anywhere in the UK and overseas and must be prepared to go into combat zones at any time.

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Pay

The figures below are only a guide. Actual pay rates may vary, depending on:

While you train as an Officer Cadet, you earn a salary of £25,984 a year. After training, most officers start as a Second Lieutenant on £31,232, before being promoted to Lieutenant on £32,328.

You could expect to be promoted to rank of captain from the end of your fifth year, or third year if you have a degree, earning from £40,025 to £94,237 (salaries from April 2017). You get extra allowances in some jobs and for being overseas.

The army provides subsidised food and accommodation, uniforms and protective clothing, free health care and a pension. If you have already qualified in a trade or profession and are considering bringing those skills to the Army, you may get a 'Golden Hello' payment, worth anything up to £50,000 for medical officers. This can change from year to year.

Conditions

You should be aware that in the army, you will at times be operating in difficult and dangerous conditions and there may be the risk of injury or death.

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Getting In

If you are accepted you begin a Short Service Commission (SSC), which lasts from 3 to 8 years. You can then apply for an Intermediate Regular Commission (IRC), which can be done up to the age of 36 and finally you may move to a Regular Commission (Reg C), which can be done up to the age of around 55.

If you are aged between 18 and 25, and have a place at a UK university with at least two years of study left, you can apply to join the University Officers Training Corps (UOTC). If aged between 25 and 32, you are first referred to the Commanding Officer for approval. The UOTC can give you an insight into army life whilst getting paid with no call-up commitment or obligation to join the military service. Visit the Army website for further details.

There is a National 4 Skills for Work course in Uniformed and Emergency Services, which introduces school pupils to careers in the armed forces, emergency services and Merchant Navy. Contact the Scottish Qualifications Authority for details.

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What Does it Take?

You should be:

Training

Getting On

More Information

For detailed information about the army, phone 0845 700 1700 or visit the Army website. The Ministry of Defence website is also useful.

Contacts

The following organisations may be able to provide further information.

Army Careers Centres
Website: http://www.army.mod.uk/join/20088.aspx

Army Reserve
Website: http://www.army.mod.uk/reservist/

Formally known as the Territorial Army

British Army
Tel: 0345 600 8080
Website: https://www.army.mod.uk/
Twitter: @armyjobs
Facebook: https://www.facebook.com/armyjobs

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