How to become a professional soldier

Becoming a soldier is a challenging task but if you passed muster you’ll end up with a very rewarding career. Pay and benefits are also pretty good for this line of work. If you feel that you’re physically and mentally prepared to take on the unique challenges associated with this career, read on and we’ll tell you how to become a professional soldier.
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What’s life like in the Army?

Before you get carried away with dreams of joining the Army, take stock and understand what life will be like when your career with the British armed forces begins. This is obviously no nine-to-five lifestyle so compromises will have to be made. No two days in the Army are ever alike you’ll face challenges that you never imagined possible. You’ll overcome them too and realise a lot about yourself in the process.

How to join the Army

You’ll need to log onto Army.mod.uk and click on the “role finder” part of the site in order to drill down into the 200 jobs that are available within the British Army. If you know what you’re interested in, you can select a specific job role from this part of the site. If not, you can use the skills matching system that asks you to name five talents or interests and then produces a list of applicable jobs.

Infantry soldier

An infantry soldier is always in the middle of the action. This is the Army’s front line team that get involved with peacekeeping, disaster relief and all-out war. Comradery and support are guaranteed with this job and you’ll make lifelong friends. If you take on this job, you’ll earn qualifications, gain invaluable experience and serve Queen and country. You’ll need to be aged between 16 and 33 to be accepted but no formal qualifications are required. To apply, visit Army.mod.uk and apply online.

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