There are a few basic requirements needed to be able to join the army.
There is no real difference in requirements for either the Regular or Territorial Army, but they do vary if you join as a soldier or an officer.
Before you even get to that stage though, you need to check you satisfy these 3 things:
1. Nationality and Residence
- You need to have lived in the UK for 5 years
- You can't have been outside of the UK for more than 180 (6 months) during that 5 year period
- You need a passport with at least 2 years left on it
- Commonwealth rules have changed recently. Read more here...
2. Criminal Convictions
- Having a criminal conviction doesn't mean you can't join the army, but you do need to be honest upfront
- Hiding a conviction can lead to prosecution
- Jury service and being a witness in a court case may delay your application
- If you have a criminal conviction, go into your local careers office now and ask them
3. Medical Conditions
- The list of medical conditions stopping you from joining the British Army is long
- For the full list visit here...
I've checked and I'm Good To Go
Excellent, you've passed the first hurdle. The next stage is to see if you're fit and healthy enough...
What is your BMI and is it going to ruin your chances?