Household Cavalry Officer

Royal Armoured Corps

At a glance

  • Officer
  • combat
  • engineering
  • logistics
  • music

Could you lead a troop of armoured cavalry vehicles and soldiers in combat, as well as play your part in ceremonial duties on horseback?

  • £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
Household Cavalry Officer

It's a unique role and a great privilege to not only to be able to take part in state ceremonial events but also deliver battle-winning effects. The skills we learn in both roles help us excel at both.

As a Household Cavalry Officer you may well get to wear a gleaming uniform and ride a horse on state occasions, but you'll also learn how to lead a troop pf Ajax fighting vehicles. They scout ahead of the front line, gathering information and carrying out fast attacks. They also spend time stationed with the Household Cavalry Mounted Regiment in central London, carrying out public duties and performing at high-profile events. Wherever you are, you'll be leading a team of highly trained soldiers and helping them maintain the highest standards in everything they do.

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 Ajax armoured vehicle

  • Become a reconnaissance/surveillance specialist

  • Perform mounted ceremonial duties

  • Enjoy a varied role

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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 the 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. Following first command as a Troop Leader of a Ajax Troop, you will be offered the opportunity to complete your ceremonial riding course to prepare you for mounted ceremonial duties in the heart of London.

Qualifications you could get after training

Training is accredited by the Defence Awarding Organisation, Institute of Leadership and Management and Chartered Management Institute, ranging from Levels 4 to 7.

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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