Armoured Corps Officer

Royal Armoured Corps

At a glance

  • Officer
  • combat
  • engineering
  • logistics

Use your first-class training to lead an armoured fighting vehicle troop – highly skilled soldiers who can drive anything from tanks to Jackals.

  • £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
Armoured Corps

I love the challenge and the variety. It's great to have so much responsibility so early in your career. In camp, on exercises and on operations, I am trusted to run my team and deliver real impact on the battlefield.

You'll need to think fast, communicate clearly and consider your soldiers' training and welfare. You'll lead a team of highly-trained soldiers and their vehicles – from the Challenger 2 tank to the Jackal reconnaissance vehicle. The Commissioning Course at the Royal Military Academy Sandhurst will develop your leadership and military skills, and the Troop Leaders' Course will teach you everything you need to know about your role. But in the British Army, the learning never stops. We’ll make sure that you’re always well prepared for the next challenge.

The Royal Armoured Corps (RAC) provides the armour capability of the British Army. It combines speed, momentum, firepower and reconnaissance capabilities with armoured fighting vehicles, such as the Challenger 2 Main Battle Tank and Jackal Fighting Vehicle.

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Key Responsibilities

  • Focus on combat

  • Train on the Challenger 2 Tank or Jackal 2

  • Become a mounted manoeuvre and combat specialist

  • Enjoy a varied role with opportunities to travel

  • Take on responsibility and have autonomy of command

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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, (including a minimum grade C/4 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 for 44 weeks. You learn what’s expected of a British Army Officer and how to lead soldiers on and off the battlefield.

Step 2
You head to Bovington, Dorset, to complete your technical and tactical training on your Troop Leaders' Course. Over six months you'll cover all aspects of vehicle driving, maintenance, gunnery, communications and tactical movement as well as developing your communication, leadership and management skills.

Qualifications you could get after training

The opportunity to work towards an undergraduate diploma in Leadership and Management or, for graduates, the opportunity to work towards a post-graduate diploma in Leadership and Management.

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.

More about the joining process

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