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When we think of the Army we think of the soldier. For hundreds of years this occupation 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.
Soldiers themselves are not strictly confined to fighting on front lines, despite the common conception that this is the case. Most of them will fight in combat zones when deployed, but soldiers also perform peacekeeping duties on a national and international scale as well as humanitarian relief after events like hurricanes and earthquakes.
Once fully trained, soldiers are split into two main occupations: combat arms – a member of the fighting forces; or combat support arms – providing support to the combat arms soldiers and their objectives. Support can range from artillery, engineering, logistics and medical support. It is worth noting here that the Army provides a vast range of career options even within the remit of being a soldier.
Areas of speciality can include explosives, surveillance, tactical espionage, heavy weapons use and The Special Forces.
Hours can be long and irregular. Some soldiers, especially those in combat, can be stationed abroad for long periods at a time. During their time either away or in the UK they must remain fit which involves a lot of training.