Choosing a role in the British Army

Whether you decide to join the Army as an Officer or a Soldier, there are many roles you can choose from.

This means you are guaranteed to find the right job that will deliver the rewarding career you are looking for.

It's important you research all the options the Army has to offer before seeing your local Army Careers Adviser.

Roles are normally broken down into the following categories:

  • Combat
  • Engineering
  • Logistics and support
  • Intelligence, IT and Communications
  • HR and Finance
  • Medical
  • Musical and Ceremonial

The British Army have a great role finder page on their website where you can either look at everything they have to offer if you're not sure what you want to do, or narrow them down if you have a particular area in mind that you are interested in.

Don't know what you want to do?

If you think an Army career is definitely for you, but don't know where to begin when deciding what role you might like, have a think about the following:

What do you enjoy?


If you're a fairly active person and like being outside a lot, you may enjoy a combat or logistics/support role.

If you prefer putting your technical skills to the test, you may find an Engineering, IT or Communications role may be better suited to you.

Like caring for people and enjoy science? The British Army also offers Medical positions, both in and out of the field.

What skills, knowledge and experience do you have?

You might find it easier to make your decision based on your background. If you are qualified in Mathematics or Accounting, then an Analyst or Financial role could be a great option.

However, if you did not enjoy previous jobs in what you originally qualified for, then it's probably best to choose another Army role that you think may  bring more job satisfaction.

Jot down some notes, and if you find a couple of areas that you are both good at and enjoy, then try researching those ones first.

This will help you fill in the 'About Me' and 'My Skills & Experience' sections at the top of the role finder page.

Talk to your local Army Careers Office

Got some ideas on what you might like to do in the Army?

If so, the next step is to have a chat with your local Army Careers office.

The Army have made it easy for you to get in touch with them - you can either talk to them directly online, message them through Facebook or via email, or make an appointment to speak with them face-to-face.

This gives you the opportunity to discuss your options further, and check that this is really the right path for you.

They can also answer any questions or concerns you have about joining up.

Find your local Army Careers office now.

Completing your application

If you're still certain at this stage that an Army career is the way forward for you, then you can think about starting your application.

The easiest way to do this is to register for an account on the British Army website - this gives you access to the online application form, as well as some other handy features.

Registering with the Army doesn't commit you to anything - it just allows them to process your application more efficiently once you've filled it in.

You don't have to fill in your application form all in one go - you will have the option to save what you have done so far and come back to it later.

What happens next?

After you have submitted your application, you will be invited for an initial interview.