How to become an Army Services
What does a Army Services do?
Service men and women in the army are commonly known as
soldiers. A soldier carries out a wide range of military duties, taking
part in exercises and operations, and having a skill or trade essential
to the army. The army plays an important part in NATO and UN
operations wherever required in the world. Many overseas operations
nowadays involve peacekeeping and humanitarian roles.
The army is formed of regiments and corps, divided into:
- Combat Arms - troops directly involved in fighting in battle. They
include the cavalry, armoured corps, air corps and infantry
- Combat Support Arms - provide artillery, field engineering, signals
and intelligence support, whilst fighting in close support of the Combat
- Services - provide a range of essential support services
to the other Arms, for example administration, transport and logistics,
catering, technical engineering and medical care.
What's the working environment like working as a Army Services?
Hours vary depending on the situation. Soldiers may work daytime
hours or shifts. During exercises and operations, hours may be long
and irregular, and they may be separated from their family for long
Soldiers are stationed in the UK and overseas and
they are trained to work in a wide range of conditions and situations.
The immediate work environment varies with the job and may include
deskwork, outdoor work, field conditions and specialist areas such as
workshops or kitchens.
What does it take to become a Army Services?
To be an army service man/woman you should:
- have self-
discipline, confidence and initiative
- have good team working
- be able to think and react quickly in rapidly changing
- have good communication skills
- be prepared to work in combat
- be able
to accept orders from others
- have practical and technical
skills appropriate to the regiment or corps you wish to join.
Army Services Career Opportunities
There is a constant need for new recruits so suitable candidates are in
Promotion is from private to lance corporal,
corporal, sergeant, staff sergeant or colour sergeant, warrant officer
class II and warrant officer class I.
It may also be possible to
work for promotion to non-commissioned officer (NCO) and from this
enter officer training.
If you would like to know anything about Army Services that does not appear on Hotcourses, further information can be found below.
Information and advice are available from a local Armed Forces Careers Office (AFCO), contact details can be found in telephone directories or on the British Army website.The British Army
Tel: 08457 300111
www.army.mod.uk Army Training and Recruiting Agency
Tel: 01980 615041
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