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When we think of the Army we think of the soldier. For hundreds of years this job has embodied all that is British and all that defends our way of life. Soldiers still represent an essential part of the Army and form the largest division numerically.
Despite the equipment upgrading, the territories changing and the methods evolving, the principle remains the same: defend the country and those abroad in need of help.
Officers are at the top end of the military soldier discipline. They command other soldiers in battle and perform other tasks to ensure they get the best out of their soldiers and to meet all objectives.
Army officers will either be deployed to the combat arm where they will be a Platoon Commander leading 32 soldiers in the field. Combat Arm Officers are not just on foot – they pilot helicopters, for example. Other Officers will work in combat support; roles can include doctor, vet or chaplain. Much like the combat arm, Officers will have a greater responsibility and will be in charge of both men and women.
Officers are different from soldiers in that they are responsible for operational effectiveness and must report to those more senior about objective outcomes. Officers must also play a key role in training those beneath them and ensuring discipline is followed to the letter.
Officers by their very role will have responsibility that can sometimes far outweigh their experience. they must be able to lead and motivate their troops and ensure that they not only lead, but are part of the team working towards the same objective. They must give orders clearly and strongly to those subordinate and follow orders from those above them.