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The Army is of course the principle weapon with which Britain defends itself and aids those in need overseas. It is one of the oldest professions within the entire makeup of the United Kingdom and remains one of the most respected. Whilst it is physically demanding, stressful and potentially very dangerous, the rewards in terms of satisfaction, pay and life experience are irreplaceable.
In total the Army has approximately 150,000 troops: 115,000 are full time Officers, soldiers and units based either within the UK or abroad; the remaining 35,000 are made up of the T.A. (Territorial Army - spare time Officers, soldiers and units). The Army is split into 50 battalions, the regular Army making up 17 regiments. Those wishing for a career will either be a member of the HQ Land Forces, HQ General or HQ Northern Ireland.
There are four main areas of deployment once those who have applied and trained in the Army are put forward: air assault; armoured infantry; mechanised infantry or light role infantry. The structure of the Army is complex and works on a promotion through merit and achievement status. With higher promotion comes greater pay but with it greater responsibility.
The Army is always looking for new recruits. For the past ten years there has been a real drive to interest both young men and women in the Army as a career. As a result, candidates can expect to become employed providing they show the right aptitudes and abilities.
The Army is not just a temporary job. Some stay within employment for their entire lives, the minimum term alone being four years before being able to leave. Once fully trained, recruits can enjoy long careers in the Army. To join the Army is an honour which will gain respect amongst fellow friends, family and the general public. The kudos attached to the role attracts many candidates in the first place; this is no bad thing.
The Army website is fantastic for information. A recent marketing push which includes fairs, school visits and university open days has seen a resurgence in popularity.
Team-working, taking orders and reacting quickly under pressure are all key skills which will be tested to the upper echelons within the Army. Candidates should prepare for rigorous training and practice before and if they are deployed to represent and defend.