At a glance

  • Officer
  • combat

Infantry Officers are dynamic, charismatic, and enthusiastic leaders who have the privilege to command the soldiers that make up the Army's most critical capability, often in the toughest and most demanding settings.

  • £31,305The minimum amount you’ll earn during training
  • £37,425Your pay after completing basic trade training
  • AgeFrom 17 years & 9 months to 28 years & 11 months
  • QualificationsGCSE and UCAS points


Imagine... You have a rifle platoon at your command. These highly skilled soldiers are trained to operate in all environments and all types of conflict. Your troops rely on you for leadership, guidance and support, on operations and exercises, wherever you are in the world. You are responsible for your troops’ morale, welfare and career development. On the front line, their lives are in your hands. If it sounds daunting, don’t worry: 15 months of intensive training will teach you everything you need to know.

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Key Responsibilities

  • Command highly trained frontline soldiers as an Infantry Platoon Commander

  • Deploy around the world on everything from frontline operations to disaster relief missions

  • Serve in one of 19 Infantry Regiments. Each has its own unique history and identity

  • Get trained in Armoured, Airborne, Mechanised, Light Mechanised or Light Role tactics

  • Specialise as a Company Second-in-Command, Anti-Tank, Mortar, Reconnaissance, Intelligence or Communications Officer further down the line

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Regular (full time)

Entry requirements

  • Age:

    From 17 years & 9 months to 28 years & 11 months

  • Qualifications:

    72 UCAS points and 35 ALIS points at GCSE or equivalent qualifications (including a minimum grade C/4, Scottish National 5 Grade C, in English, Maths and a science or foreign language).

  • Basic physical fitness assessment:

    • Mid Thigh Pull 76kg

    • Medicine Ball Throw 3.1m

    • MSFT (beep test) level 8.07

    More information about the fitness test

Training for the role

Step 1
You begin with Officer training at the Royal Military Academy, Sandhurst, which lasts 44 weeks. You learn what’s expected of a British Army Officer and how to lead Soldiers on and off the battlefield.

Step 2
When you join an Infantry Regiment you go on to do the 16-week Platoon Commanders' Battle Course in Brecon, Wales. After this, you'll be a capable tactician, as well as incredibly physically and mentally robust.

Qualifications you could get after training

  • Chartered Institute of Personnel Development

  • City and Guilds certificate in Human Resource Management

  • Postgraduate certificate in Human Resource Management

  • Core Combat Skills

  • Chartered Management Institute

  • Edexel/BTEC certificate in Management Studies

Pay & benefits

You'll earn £31,305 during your year of training at the Royal Military Academy, Sandhurst, before commissioning and becoming a Second Lieutenant, on £37,425 a year.

How to Apply

Once your online application has been approved, you'll have an interview with a senior recruiter, who will talk to you about the corps that you would like to join. You'll have the chance to learn more about your chosen corps, although you won't make your final decision until you're in training at Sandhurst.

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