How to become an army officer
You could get into this job through:
- a university course
- a college course
- an apprenticeship
- applying directly
You can do a degree course before you apply for officer training although it's not essential.
Most subjects are acceptable.
You can also apply for an army officer internship before, during or after university. This gives you the chance to learn about the officer role and whether it's something you want to do.
You'll usually need:
- 2 to 3 A levels, or equivalent, for a degree
You could work towards becoming an officer by doing a college course, for example in public services or A levels. You would then apply to the army for officer training.
Entry requirements for these courses vary.
You could start your army career by doing an HM Forces Serviceperson Level 2 Intermediate Apprenticeship.
You would apply directly to the army to find the best apprenticeship route for you.
To do this apprenticeship, you'll need:
- some GCSEs, usually including English and maths, or equivalent, for an intermediate apprenticeship
You can join the Army Reserve as a part-time officer to get some experience of what life is like in the regular army. You'll also learn new skills at the same time.
You'll need to:
- be between 18 and 49
- commit to at least 27 days a year, though this can fall to 19, if you apply for a specialist unit
- attend a 2-week training camp each year
If you're between 12 and 18 years old, you can join the Army Cadet Force.
You can apply directly for officer training.
You'll need to:
- be between 17 years 9 months and 28 years and 11 months
- get a GP's medical report
You'll also usually need a minimum of:
- GCSEs at grades 9 to 4 (A* to C), or equivalent, including English, maths, science or a foreign language
- 2 A levels or equivalent qualifications
You'll be invited to talk to someone at your local army careers centre about the opportunities available. You'll then attend a 2-part assessment, which includes medical and fitness tests.
If you're accepted, you'll move onto formal officer training at the Royal Military Academy at Sandhurst in Surrey.
You'll find more information about becoming an army officer from Army Careers.