The Joining Process to Become a Soldier

The Joining Process to Become a SoldierIn order to become a soldier you first have to go through training for the job you’ll be doing. To access the training, you need to join through the army, by submitting your application.

While it’s a tough career choice to consider, there are advisors on hand to ensure you’re fully knowledgable about the process, what’s involved and offer their assistance in putting you on the right path, should you feel that you’d like other options, away from combat, would be more suited to you.

There’s an array of jobs in the army, all of which can be applied for through the same process you’ll be taking to join the British Armed Forces as a Soldier, should you find this a career you’re interested in pursuing.

Applying to the Army to become a soldier

1)     Decide the type of soldier you want to become

The very first thing you have to do is make the decision of what type of soldier you’d like to be. The Army website offers a role finder service to help you with this part.

The types of soldiers are:

  • Tradition Soldier
  • Army Officer
  • Professionally Qualified Jobs
  • Regular
  • Territorial
    • National
    • Regional

Within this part of the finding your best role in the army, the role finder will let you look at the options you have for the types of soldiers, and then you can go deeper by giving more information about yourself, the interests you have, listing your current skills, or the skills you’d like to train towards.

This will be the first part, so the army can review your application and decide if you’re suited the career, and have the potential to become a soldier.

Also note any medical conditions you have, as that could be a barrier to this career, and you may have to alter your career path.

2)     Open discussion

The best way to find out the best career choice for you to is to take advice from trained officers with details of every aspect of various army jobs.

If you’re weary of the situations you’ll encounter, trained staff will have the answers for you.

The army is open to discuss your options with you and give you a couple of ways to do that.

One is through their Facebook page, and the other option you have is to use one of their drop in centres at your local Army Careers Centre. (ACC for short)

Using the Facebook option, you have the opportunity to discuss things with people already either serving as a soldier, or currently in training. That will give you a true glimpse into the career, by finding out from the people already trained and working as a soldier, letting you know what it’s really like to serve, or the other day to day stuff you will be doing after your initial training.

The ACC also has a helpline you can call for advice on 0845 600 8080, where you can chat to an advisor about any questions or concerns you have about training for a soldier job. You can discuss the type of jobs you’d prefer, such as working only in the UK, or as reserve soldier, or any other questions you’d like answers to.

3)     Fill out the application form

The application form you’ll need to fill out in full, also noting any criminal convictions you have, your skills, interests and the position you’d like to apply for training.

You can do this online or at your local Army Careers Office.

There’s no time limitations on your application so take your time with it and get it filled out in its entirety, providing additional documentation where appropriate, such as references etc.

If you’re filling out your application online, you do have the option to save it, giving you flexibility to fill it out in stages, if you’re limited for time.

4)     The interview stage

After you’ve gone through the stages to define the type of soldier training you’d prefer, spoken to an advisor, for clarity if you’re unsure of anything, then applied to the army, the next stage is your interview.

A Careers Advisor, (CA), will conduct this at the nearest Army Careers Centre to you.

Advice for your interview

The thought of an interview with army personnel can be a daunting thought. The interview isn’t to decide if you’re getting a job or not though. It’s an opportunity for you to get clarification and a better understanding of army life. It’s also a chance for the careers advisor to chat with you about your career goals.

It will be an informal discussion as it’s just about getting to know you, what drives you, your inspirations for career expansion, and most importantly to ascertain your trainability.

There’s no minimum entry requirement in terms of educational standards, as the army provides further education to train you to the job requirements of a soldier.

Part of the interview will involve sitting a BARB test, which is only to test your literary and numeracy skills, as a measure of trainability for the job.