Phase 1 Basic training:- Qualifications you can get and pay.
Every part of training has been mapped to high-quality civilian qualifications and will put you way ahead of your civilian friends.
The start is a full Level 2 Public Services NVQ, followed by an Apprenticeship in Engineering, Communications, Security, Transport or storage and Warehousing, depending on your chosen employment on your battalion.
As you climb the promotion ladder, every step has a civilian management qualification with it, leading up to a degree in applied management or a post graduate diploma in mamegment studies for warrant officers. These qualifications are free up to the rank of sergeant (12 years of full military service). Thereafter, the Army pays 80% of your fees for all qualifications, plus a generous grant for study towards the end of your service.
The advice that has personally been given to me by infantry soldiers that I know is to learn a trade. The reasons being that if you decide to leave the army it will be a doddle to find a job in civilian life. Whereas if you are just an infantry soldier you do not have a trade to fall back on. Therefore if you leave the Army it will be challenging to find a job because you havent learnt a trade. But at the end of the day it is your choice, and I have decided to just go into infantry as I personally feel that it is the correct role for myself.
The main reward package is called the X Factor. It’s nothing to do with music, and you definitely don’t need to audition for it. It’s an adjustment to your pay that makes sure you’re getting a fair deal.
It compares your Army job to a similar civilian job and weighs up the extra challenges you face as a soldier, such as time away from your family and working under pressure. It also considers the perks of Army life, such as job security and 38 days’ paid leave every year. The X Factor normally means soldiers take home an extra 14% compared to the closest civilian job.
In addition, when away from your base for longer than 7 days, then you’ll be entitled to a daily allowance of up to £28.24 with a further £18.16 if you have to work in unpleasant conditions. If you are deployed on operations, you’ll receive a further daily allowance of £29.02.
Regular soldiers receive over £272 a week in Phase 1 training, which rises to at least £17,514 a year depending on which Army job you do. Some roles get specialist pay, which can be worth at least an extra £19 per day. Your salary will increase annually as your career continues, regardless of promotion and extra responsibilities. Within five years you could reach the rank of Sergeant and earn up to £32,756.
You can become an Army officer whether you’ve been to university or not. If you don’t have a degree you’ll earn a salary of £16,073 while you train which rises to £24,615 when you are commissioned as a Second Lieutenant. As a graduate you start training on £24,615 and will earn at least £29,586 afterwards. Either way, if you’re still serving in the Army after five years you could be earning at least £37,915 as a Captain.