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Armed forces training and education officer: Entry requirements

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In all three armed forces a degree is essential and entry is not possible with a HND only.

A Postgraduate Certificate in Education (PGCE) is not a pre-requisite, but teacher training can be advantageous.

Other pre-entry postgraduate qualifications are not generally needed, neither is pre-entry experience, but some training can be helpful with cadet and/or reserve forces as well as:

You will be expected to demonstrate a range of aptitudes.

Candidates will need to show evidence of the following:

  • communication skills;
  • self-motivation and flexibility;
  • ability to lead and motivate;
  • a good level of physical fitness.

The Army will consider overseas applications. For further details, please refer to Army Careers .

The Royal Navy and the RAF will consider applications form graduates with British, Irish, Commonwealth and British/dual citizenship. To apply to the RAF, graduates must have lived in the UK for at least three years before they apply to join.

For most branches of the armed forces, there are medical and eyesight requirements, and age limits. Physical fitness with good sight and colour perception is needed. University liaison officers (ULOs) can give you up-to-date information and also give advice on vacation training, cadetships and familiarisation visits.

Your careers service can give details of your nearest Army, Navy or Air Force ULO.

All three services run a system of sponsorship so that, if you apply for a commission prior to your final year, you may be eligible for a financial bursary per year. Your ULO can also give you details of sponsorship.

Potential officers in the Royal Navy attend a two-day Admiralty Interview Board (AIB) at HMS Sultan in Hampshire. This involves a formal interview and a discussion exercise. Applicants are also required to undertake a number of fitness and mental agility tasks, including verbal and non-verbal reasoning skills, concentration and spatial orientation. Applicants are also tested on their potential leadership skills.

The Army and the RAF follow a similar process.

For more information, see work experience and internships and search postgraduate courses.

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Written by AGCAS editors
April 2014

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