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Welcome to howtojointhearmy.co.uk find out how to join the British Army.

This is a new website, aimed at providing information and procedures for joining any of the British armed forces. By the end of 2012 we aim to have compiled thorough guides about entry requirements, selection processes and training preparation.

Selection, Training, Entry Requirements, Preparation

Recruitment Basics

Present day

The Army mainly recruits within the United Kingdom, and normally has a recruitment target of around 25,000 soldiers per year. Low unemployment in Britain has resulted in the Army having difficulty in meeting its target, and in the early years of the 21st century there has been a marked increase in the number of recruits from mostly Commonwealth countries.

The minimum recruitment age is 16 years, after the end of GCSEs, although soldiers may not serve on operations below 18 years; the maximum recruitment age was raised in January 2007 from 26 to 33 years. The normal term of engagement is 22 years, and once enlisted soldiers are not normally permitted to leave until they have served at least 4 years.

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 Selection of Official Specialisms of the British Army

  • Ranger
  • Paratrooper
  • Musician
  • Survey Technician
  • Farrier
  • Biomedical Scientist
  • Driver Tank Transporter
  • Registered General Nurse
  • Radar Operator
  • Telecom Op (Special)
  • Meteorologist
  • Aircraft Technician
  • Military Engineer Bomb Disposal
  • Special Air Service Soldier
  • Telecom Op (Linguist)
  • Ammunition Technician
  • Operator Special Intelligence
  • Construction Materials Technician
  • Driver Specialist
  • Armoured Engineer
  • Royal Armoured Corps Crewman
  • Army Diver
  • Sapper