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The British Army Needs You!

Many people don’t realise the diverse range of careers you can have in the British Army - there are over 140 trade groups and many different job types to choose from. From clerks to nurses, mechanics to IT experts, the Army offers recruits a career with continuous training and development, where you can learn vocational skills and earn a competitive salary. As well as this, there are also unrivalled travel and sporting opportunities plus a great sense of teamwork and camaraderie. 

For example, did you know that as an Army engineer you can gain valuable qualifications that are recognised on civvy street such as NVQs in mechanical engineering or vehicle fitting. Or as a Human Resources Specialist in the Army you can gain professional qualifications in computing and information management, and you could even do an apprenticeship while you train.  

The Army need to recruit approximately 15,000 Soldiers and Officers each year. However, there is currently a selection of trades that the Army are particularly recruiting for, and are as follows:

  • Administration and HR
  • Communications and Technology
  • Logistics and resourcing
  • Engineering
  • Healthcare 

Army Case studies
Ever wondered what a career in the British Army is really like? These soldiers from the Royal Logistics and Royal Signals Corps have first hand experience.

Captain Dale Taft, 27, is an Officer in the Royal Signals and has been in the Army for five years. “In the Royal Signals I’ve experienced a range of jobs from the frontline to strategic operations in a variety of theatres, including Iraq and Afghanistan,” says Dale. “Currently I’m in charge of a team used for operational planning and decision making, so I need to be able to process information quickly and remain calm under pressure. The Army has not only set me up with great leadership skills but has also enabled me to take part in a range of adventurous training expeditions including sailing and SCUBA diving courses. The diversity the Royal Signals offers has ensured I’m constantly being challenged and learning how to work with others effectively – it’s helped me get the most out of myself and my team.”   

Lance Corporal Chris Puffett, 22, joined the Army after he left school and chose the Royal Logistic Corps because of the wide variety of trades on offer plus the chance to gain valuable skills that could be used both in and outside the Army. “Working as a Logistic Specialist (Supply) I’ve had amazing opportunities to travel having been posted to both Germany and Iraq,” Chris says. I’ve also visited Canada, Cyprus and Poland and I’ve just returned from two weeks skiing in Bavaria – something I’d never tried before. There’s lots of responsibility attached to my role as well. In my previous posting, I worked in a distribution centre where I would be the main point of contact for kit being delivered in and sent out to the troops on the ground – so there are a lot of people depending on you. I love my job because of the travel, opportunities to learn and the pay is good too – I feel like I’ve achieved so much more than your average 22 year old!” 

To find out more about careers in the Army visit www.armyjobs.mod.uk



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