Join as a Soldier

Most people join as soldiers between the ages of 16 and 36 as Senior Entry Soldiers.


People who want to do something different. Full time Soldiers - work, live and socialise with their work mates. They are more than soldiers, they are also skilled tradespeople.

If you’re 16 or 17 you'll train first at AFC Harrogate as a Junior Soldier. You'll learn all the skills you need, from map reading to how to handle a weapon. Once you've finished the course at Harrogate, you'll be old enough, trained and ready to join your unit, as a soldier in the Regular Army.

All soldiers can gain qualifications and apprenticeships during their time in the Army.

The chance to get qualifications was one of the main things that attracted me to Army life. If you're thinking about joining, I'd say just go for it - the Army is a fantastic career.


Learn a trade

The Army will even teach you to drive.


Get Qualifications

Earn apprenticeships and qualifications that will count in the civilian world too.


Get stuck in

Take advantage of the many different opportunities and adventures on offer.

You’ll start your Army career with initial training – where you’ll spend time with other new recruits, as you learn the basics of soldiering. The training centre you go to will depend on the Corps that you’re joining.

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Learn more about what happens when you go to the Army Assessment Centre.

Assessment Centre
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Find out more about what to expect when you start your training.