British Army

Conditions of Service

Basic Salary

£17,514 a year for regular soldiers.

£24,615 for a regular officer

same rate as the regular army for territorial

Salory progressions

£32,756 a year if you reach the rank of a sergeant within five years.

Working Hours & Shift Patterns

When soldiers aren’t on exercises or operations, they work regular hours. A working day can start at around eight in the morning and finishes around five or half past. There’s normally an hour for lunch as well as the occasional tea break, but for the rest of the time soldiers can concentrate on using their skills. And when work is finished, there are plenty of sport and leisure facilities on most Army bases.

Holiday entitlement

he Regular Army offers 38 days of paid leave each year – this is much more than many civilian employers and reflects the fact that you might have to work on some Bank Holidays. When you’re on operations you’ll be flown back to the UK for two weeks’ leave mid-tour, and get more leave when your tour ends. None of this comes from your annual allowance. The Army also has very good maternity and paternity leave arrangements.

Sport is a big part of Army life and there’s a wide range of individual and team sports you can take part in. You’ll get the chance to try some adventure sports too. The Army has training bases in Kenya, Cyprus, Belize and Canada, where your adventurous training might include kayaking, sailing, climbing, scuba diving and trekking.


When you take part in exercises in places like Canada, Belize in South America or Brunei in South East Asia, you’ll get time off to try some adventure sports or just to explore. Working overseas, you won’t always have the same comforts that you get at home. But even if your job takes you right into the front line, the Army will do everything it can to make sure that you’ve got the training, support and supplies you need.

Basic training period

8 weeks of basic training (BCT), and 3 weeks to 2 years of advanced individual training (AIT, depending on the jod being trained for.

Additional training available

for a regular soldier:You do phase 1 and 2 then its a continual training program throughout the army career.

Fringe benefits

Greater Job Security
Chances to learn a Trade
Longer Paid Leave
Steady income and a Possibility of promotion and responsibility
A good range of varied and exciting roles and opportunities within the Army
Overseas travel, but be aware you may be away from home for long periods of time
Good training which will teach you leadership skills and responsibility
Good benefits such as health care, allowances etc...
Dealing with a wide range of people and cultures
A good environment for keeping fit


Turbulence and Separation
Subject to Military Discipline
Inability to resign at will
Liability for duty at all times without extra pay
Inability to negotiate for pay
Arduous training
Risk of being injured on duty

Retirement Age

The retirement age for a british army soldier is 55 years old

pension benefits

The armed forces pension scheme is available- the army has their own pension scheme