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Army Soldier Profile

Army Soldier Profile

Introduction

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 Soldier. This page details the following Information:-

  • Finding Suitable Work as an Army Soldier
  • Working Duties Expected
  • Hours and Environment
  • Working Skills Required
  • Training Requirements
  • Salary Expectations
  • Trade Information
  • Other useful Army Soldier Work Information


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Working Duties Expected

Soldiers in the army carry out a wide range of military duties, take part in exercises and operations, and have a skill or trade essential to the army.

Soldiers may work office hours or shifts, and are on call at all times. During exercises and operations, hours may be long and irregular.

They are trained to work in a wide range of conditions and situations. Their work environment may include deskwork, outdoor work, and specialist areas such as workshops or kitchens. Soldiers need to:

• use their initiative and be self-disciplined
• work in a close-knit team
• think and react quickly
• be physically fit with good stamina
• be prepared to work in combat
• accept discipline.

There is a constant need for new recruits, so suitable candidates are in demand. On average, soldiers serve for nine years. No formal qualifications are needed for most jobs, but candidates need GCSEs/S grades for an army apprenticeship. All entrants must pass the Army Entrance Test and an interview, and attend a Recruit Selection Centre for a physical assessment test, a medical, and a further interview.

The minimum age is normally 17, but apprentices and Army Foundation College students can join at 16. All entrants must meet army nationality requirements.

All recruits receive basic military training and then go on to specialist training in their chosen field. Promotion is from private to lance corporal, corporal, sergeant, staff sergeant or colour sergeant, warrant officer class II and warrant officer class I.

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.

Soldiers in the army carry out a wide range of military duties, take part in exercises and operations, and have a skill or trade essential to the army.

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 - soldiers may work office hours or shifts. During exercises and operations hours may be long and irregular, and soldiers may be separated from their family for long periods. A soldier is on call at all times if needed.

Soldiers are stationed in the UK and overseas and 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.

Soldiers wear a uniform most of the time, suitable for the job they are doing.

All recruits join on an open engagement for 22 years from the date they are 18, or the date they join, whichever is later. They may leave after four years' service from this date, giving one year's notice. Pregnant women can choose to resign or take maternity leave.

Recruits may leave after 28 days’ service. They may exercise this right up to the six-month point if they are under 18, or three-month point if they are over 18.

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:

• Recruits under 17 receive £8,997, while a private aged 17 or over can earn £10,778 to £17,243.
• Non-commissioned officers are paid £17,505 to £26,280.
• Senior non-commissioned officers earn £23,772 to £30,940.

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 self-disciplined and confident
• accept discipline
• be able to use their initiative
• work as a member of a close-knit team
• think and react quickly
• communicate well
• be physically fit with good stamina
• be prepared to work in combat
• be prepared to work anywhere in the world
• accept responsibility
• live in close contact with other people
• be able to plan, think and act under pressure
• have practical and technical skills.

What type of training will I receive?

Whichever Arm soldiers serve in, their main role is military, and they all go through military training. All soldiers are trained in the handling of weapons.

Recruits join one of five Army Training Regiments (ATRs) and, depending on their aptitude and fitness, spend between one and eleven weeks on the Army Foundation Scheme. This involves developing stamina and fitness and adapting to army life.

This is followed by 11 weeks’ training under the Common Military Syllabus, with classroom and practical instruction in military skills, first aid, welfare and financial advice and physical fitness. It is designed to develop self-discipline, teamwork and fitness.

Successful recruits receive NVQ/SVQ Level 1 Public Services. Soldiers then join their Arm or Service for training in their chosen job.

Apprentices join the Army Apprentices College at Arborfield. For the first eight months they follow the Apprentice Foundation Course, which includes the Common Military Syllabus together with maths, science, engineering, leadership training and personal and social education.

Apprentices then move to one of five national training centres for training in their specific trade up to Class 2 standard. This is followed by on-the-job experience in an operational unit, before returning to further training at the national training centre up to Class 1 standard. Students complete their apprenticeship with at least an NVQ Level 3 in their chosen specialism.

The Army Foundation College in Harrogate offers a 42-week course designed to develop basic military skills, physical fitness, teamwork, self-discipline and leadership through challenging activities.

Career Progression:

Promotion is from private to lance corporal, corporal, sergeant, staff sergeant or colour sergeant, warrant officer class II and warrant officer class I.

In some trades, soldiers may be promoted to NCO status as soon as they qualify.

Senior NCOs (sergeant and above) may be considered for a commission. About five per cent of those entering Sandhurst for officer training are former senior NCOs.

Are there similar types of job or related industries?

Yes, this list is not exhaustive but see the following categories:

Army Officer
Electronics Engineer
Mechanical Engineer
Police Officer
Royal Air Force (RAF) Airman/woman
Royal Navy/Marines Rating.

Where can I find further information?

Regular Army, Directorate of Army Recruiting, Ministry of Defence, Lansdowne House, Barkeley Square, London W1X 6AA.

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, or by phoning 0345 300111, or by visiting the army website: www.army.mod.uk.


Other Useful Army Soldier Work Information

We have a section available at this site on Army Soldier job interview tips that you may find of interest should you wish to brush up your skills in this area and we also have number of career articles that may also be of use to you from within our guides and documents section.

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Aberdeen, Berkshire, Aberdeen, Bath, Bedfordshire, Berkshire, Birmingham, Bradford, Bristol, Cambridgeshire, Cardiff, Central London, Cheltenham, Cornwall, Coventry, Derby, Devon, Docklands, Dorset, Dundee, Durham, East Midlands, East Sussex, Edinburgh, Essex, Glasgow, Gloucester, Hampshire, Hertfordshire, Kent, Lancashire, Leeds, Leicester, Leicestershire, Lincolnshire, Liverpool, London, Manchester, Middlesbrough, Midlands and in various parts of the West Midlands

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Milton Keynes, Newcastle, Newcastle Upon Tyne, Norfolk, North London, North Midlands, Northampton, Northamptonshire, Northern Ireland, Northumberland, Norwich, Nottingham, Nottinghamshire, Oxford, Oxfordshire, Plymouth, Salisbury, Scotland, Sheffield, Shropshire, Somerset, South East, South London, South Midlands, Southampton, Staffordshire Surrey, Swansea, Swindon, Telford, Wales, Warwickshire, West End, West London, West Midlands, Worcestershire, York and throughout Yorkshire.

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