Army Officer Profile
This Section of the site details information that you might find useful if you are looking to secure employment or require further details regarding working as an Army Officer. This page details the following Information:-
- Finding Suitable Work as an Army Officer
- Working Duties Expected
- Hours and Environment
- Working Skills Required
- Training Requirements
- Salary Expectations
- Trade Information
- Other useful Army Officer Work Information
Finding Suitable Work
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Working Duties Expected
• Army officers lead and manage a team of trained soldiers in combat situations and in peacekeeping and humanitarian missions wherever required in the world.
• Officers look after the operational effectiveness, training, discipline, welfare and career development of the soldiers under their command.
Working hours vary. They may work office hours or shifts, but they are on call at all times. During exercises and operations, hours may be long and irregular. Army officers are trained to work in a wide range of conditions and situations. The work environment may include deskwork, outdoor work, and specialist areas such as workshops or kitchens.
Army officers need to:
• inspire and motivate others
• work well in a team
• communicate well
• take responsibility
• be physically fit with good stamina
• be well organised.
There are about 12,500 officers in the army. Around 700 are recruited each year.
Candidates need at least two A levels/three H grades and five GCSEs/S grades (A-C/1-3), or equivalent qualifications, with English language, maths, and either science or a foreign language. However, around 80 per cent of officers are graduates.
They must be between 17 years 9 months and 29, pass a medical entrance test and meet the army's nationality requirements. Most officers complete three 14-week terms of the Commissioning Course (CC) at the Royal Military Academy Sandhurst, followed by a Young Officers course of specialist training.
What does the role encounter?
The army defends Britain and its allies both in this country and overseas, and plays an important part in NATO and UN operations wherever required in the world. Many overseas operations nowadays are for peacekeeping and humanitarian purposes.
Army officers lead and manage a team of trained soldiers. It is their job to look after the operational effectiveness, training, discipline, welfare and career development of the soldiers under their command.
Officers may carry out their own professions, including nursing, medical and dental officers, barristers and solicitors, veterinary surgeons and chaplains.
The army is formed of regiments and corps, divided into:
• The Combat Arms - troops directly involved in fighting. They include the cavalry, armoured corps, air corps, infantry, and the Special Air Service regiment.
• The Combat Support Arms provide artillery, field engineering, signals and intelligence support, whilst fighting in close support of the Combat Arms.
• The Services provide a range of essential support services to the other Arms, for example administration, transport and logistics, catering, technical engineering and medical care.
What type of hours will I have to work?
Working hours depend on the situation - officers may work office hours or shifts. During exercises and operations, hours may be long and irregular, and officers may be separated from their family for long periods. Officers are on call at all times if needed.
Army officers are stationed in the UK and overseas, and they are trained to work in a wide range of conditions and situations. Their immediate work environment may include deskwork, outdoor work, field conditions and specialist areas such as workshops, kitchens, etc. Officers wear a uniform most of the time, suitable for the job they are doing.
Officers can leave the army at any time once they have served the length of time they are committed to. They have to give 12 months' notice (six weeks for GYC officers).
What level of salary and benefits are there?
These figures are purely for guidance only. Salaries may vary for the area the job is situated in, age, experience along with a host of other factors:
• Second lieutenants start on £19,495 a year.
• Lieutenants earn £23,433 to £25,897.
• Captains earn £30,025 to £35,708.
What type of skills will I need?
You will need to have some or all of the following type of skills to carry out this job:
• be able to lead and motivate others
• be self-disciplined and confident
• be able to plan, think and act under pressure
• use their initiative
• fit into a highly organised structure
• work well in a team and encourage others to do so
• communicate well with people at all levels
• take responsibility and make decisions
• be physically fit with good stamina
• be well organised
• be prepared to go into combat
• accept discipline
• adapt to rapidly changing situations
• accept that social engagements are part of the job.
What type of training will I receive?
Whichever Arm officers serve in, their main role is military, and all except chaplains go through military training. All officers are trained in the handling of weapons.
Almost all officers follow the Commissioning Course (CC) at the Royal Military Academy Sandhurst (RMAS), which consists of three 14-week terms. The course includes training in leadership and management, tactics, weapons and fitness.
However there are some exceptions:
• Professionally-qualified officers do a four-week course at RMAS. These include medical and dental officers, barristers and solicitors, veterinary surgeons and chaplains.
• Gap Year Commission officers take a three-week course of basic training at RMAS before joining their regiment or corps.
After leaving RMAS, new officers complete the Young Officers course appropriate to their Arm or Service. Throughout their career they continue to attend courses to develop skills and prepare for promotion.
Army officers can be promoted from second lieutenant through lieutenant, captain and major to lieutenant colonel and beyond.
Are there similar types of job or related industries?
Yes, this list is not exhaustive but see the following categories:
Royal Air Force (RAF) Officer
Royal Navy/Marines Officer
Where can I find further information?
Regular Army, Directorate of Army Recruiting, Ministry of Defence, Lansdowne House, Barkeley Square, London W1X 6AA.
Welbeck College, Welbeck Abbey, Worksop, Nottinghamshire S80 3LR. 0190 947 6326.
Army Careers, Ministry of Defence, Palace Barracks, Holywood, Co Down BT18 9RA. 028 9042 7040.
Free leaflets and advice from the army's career advisers, from an Armed Forces Careers Office, by phoning 08457 300111, or by visiting the army website: www.army.mod.uk.
Other Useful Army Officer Work Information
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