At a glance
Like the idea of racing into combat in the Army's latest state-of-the-art armoured fighting vehicle? Join the Armoured Cavalry, and working on cutting-edge military fighting vehicles.
- £18,687The minimum amount you’ll earn during training
- £23,496Your pay after completing basic trade training
- AgeFrom 16 years & 0 months to 35 years & 6 months
- QualificationsNo formal qualifications needed
It's a challenging role and we are often in front of the other forces, but we are well trained and really good at what we do. The new vehicles are really exciting and getting it first is awesome.
You'll take your vehicle into combat and bring back vital information to your commander. It's all about stealth, speed, teamwork and keeping a cool head in battle. Driving fast armoured vehicles like the Ajax and Ares, you'll be part of a tight-knit team operating near the front line. You'll be trained to gather information about the enemy and carry out fast attack missions. When you're not on operations, you'll enjoy everything that life in your Regiment offers, such as playing sport and taking part in Adventurous Training.
Get specialist training on the fighting vehicles
Focus on combat
Become a reconnaissance/surveillance specialist
Get as good at fighting on foot as in you are in your vehicle
Enjoy a varied role and opportunities to travel
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Regular (full time)
From 16 years & 0 months to 35 years & 6 months
No formal qualifications needed
Basic physical fitness assessment:
Mid Thigh Pull 76kg
Medicine Ball Throw 3.1m
MSFT (beep test) level 8.06
Training for the role
Your initial military training teaches you how to be a soldier, covering everything from fieldcraft to how to handle a rifle.
If you join as a Junior Soldier (under 17 years and 6 months), you’ll do a 23-week basic military training course at Harrogate.
If you join as a Regular Soldier (over 17 years and 6 months), you’ll do the regular 14-week adult basic training.
Next, you’ll head to Bovington, Dorset, for 20 weeks of specialist training, where you’ll develop your technical skills. You’ll complete your driving licence (if you don't already have it) and then move on to your tracked vehicle licence (the H licence) before getting to grips with driving the high-tech Ajax. You will also learn how to maintain and fix these vehicles, as well as use the radios and the world-beating sighting systems.
Qualifications you could get after training
Car licence (Cat B+ E)
Track licence (Cat H)
Intermediate Level 2 Apprenticeship HM Forces Service Person (Public Services)
Functional Skills Levels 1 & 2 in Maths and English
As your career progresses, you may also earn:
Level 3 Advanced Apprenticeship: Learning Mentor
Pay & benefits
Earn £18,687 a year during training. When you have completed 26 weeks' service or finished basic trade training – whichever comes first – your pay will rise to £23,496.
How to Apply
Keep refreshing your skills and leadership through regular training, sport and courses to ensure you are ready for action. Work towards your next promotion to Sergeant where you will received £34,275 per year.