The joining process of a regular Soldier
Remember: explore your options; get in touch with us and, if you do decide you would prefer to come and have a chat to one of our Army Careers Advisers; don’t worry about dressing up too much for the occasion. That comes later for your initial interview where you will be advised on what to wear and how it works beforehand.
Once you’ve decided to take your application to the next level, you will be invited for an interview with an Army Careers Adviser. The interview allows you to get answers to any further questions you may have about the Army, the joining process and how to prepare, as well as giving the Army Careers Adviser the chance to confirm your suitability for the Army.
To make sure you’re given the best advice, you’ll need to do same basic numeracy, literacy and reasoning tests. This will help find out which Army jobs are really best for you.
Providing you meet all the standards required and your medical report is favorable, you will be invited to attend two-days at an Army Development and Selection Centres (ADSCs). Here you will be tested to see if you have the potential to be a soldier. You will also be given a further Army medical to make sure you are fit and well enough to start your initial Phase 1 training. Watch the films below to find out more.
In order to prepare yourself for the ADSC medical you should be refreshed, get a good night’s sleep beforehand, drink plenty of water and avoid fizzy drinks as these can raise your heart rate.
Having completed the Army Development and Selection Centre you’ll be given a grade. This will directly affect how long it will be before you are invited to start your initial training, know as Phase 1. Another factor that will affect this process is the number of places the Army has to offer for each specific trade. Therefore it is important you discuss your result with your Army Careers Adviser.
Where you conduct your Phase 1 training will depend on how old you are and which job you’ll be doing. If you are under the age of 17 years and 5 months you will be classified as a Junior Soldier and do either a six-month or 12-month course. If you are older than 17 years and 5 months you will conduct a 14-week package. Recruits joining the Infantry must complete a combined Phase 1 and Phase 2 course that lasts 28 weeks.
After completing Phase 1 training you will be considered a trained soldier and will be posted to a specialist training centre. There you will be taught the key skills required to perform your initial job. Phase 2 training can take from a few months to more than a year to complete depending on your job.
And the most important part… ENJOY IT!