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Army Officer

Job Description

An organized military force equipped for fighting on land, water or in air.

Qualifications And Educational Purposes

Types of Defence Qualifications


Each Defence RTO can award qualifications of attainment under the Australian Qualification Network. These qualifications/statements of attainment include:

- National Training Package Qualifications (NTPQ) are sets of skills and qualifications developed (and regularly updated) by industry to provide appropriate training for the tertiary sector.
- Accredited Course Qualifications (ACQ) where an appropriate NTPQ cannot be found for Defence training, the course is often accredited separately and a new qualification is created.
- Statements of Attainment (SOA) are awarded for the partial completion of a qualification. They can give credit or advanced standing towards a full qualification.

Skills Required For The Job

Civilian qualifications

Many of the skills you learn in the Army are recognised with the award of civilian qualifications like NVQs or HNCs. You might be awarded these as part of your training or you can choose to study them later on. In either case, all the training you receive from the Army is free, so it makes a great and cost-effective way to add some valuable qualifications to your CV. And the real advantage is that you’ll have all your Army experience to back it up.

Life skills

Things like time management, leadership and reliability are important skills for everyone. In the Army, they're vital. And that's why you'll learn them when you join as a Territorial. By doing your training and spending time with your unit, you'll soon find that you start getting into some really good habits. The Army won't change your personality, but we can show you how to be methodical, organised and in charge of your life.


Military skills

Every soldier in the British Army has the same core skills. You learn how to handle and fire a weapon. You learn how to live and look after yourself when you're outdoors for extended periods of time. And you learn some basic military tactics. It might not always seem relevant to the Army job you choose, but it gets you working as a soldier and thinking as part of a team, all of which are useful skills for anyone in the Army.

Transferable skills

The skills you learn in the Army will transfer back to civilian life. They can be obvious things like repairing a Challenger 2 tank, which can be useful to you if you work as a mechanic. But they can also more subtle things like learning how to give people instructions, keep them motivated and help solve their problems, which are just as useful if you work as a manager. Army life is so varied and can be so demanding that learning useful skills quickly becomes part of the job.



Type Of Employment

Full-time employment is employment in which the employee works the full number of hours defined as such by his/her employer.

Approximate Income

On completion of employment training, as an officer in the Army you could expect to earn a minimum of $65,287 per year. As a degree qualified officer you will earn more depending on the nature of your qualification and its relevance to your chosen role in the Army. Just like in the civilian world, your pay will increase as you gain more experience and move up the ranks.

What Interests You About This Occupation?

I'm interested in becoming an army officer because I want to make the country a better place to live and better the lives of others.