NCOs and other ranks - armed forces
Average Annual Pay
Annual Survey of Hours and Earning 2013
Average Weekly Hours
Annual Survey of Hours and Earning
Labour Force Survey 2018
Future employment projections (Working Futures UK)
Those holding jobs in this unit group are full-time members of the armed forces of the UK, the Commonwealth and other foreign countries and perform military duties for which there is no civilian equivalent.
QualificationsFor most positions entry does not depend upon academic qualifications. Entrants generally have to pass a selection interview and physical and medical examinations. Entry to certain trades requires GCSEs/S grades or equivalent qualifications.
- receives and responds to commands from senior officers;
- monitors, operates, services and repairs military equipment;
- takes part in military operations in situations of conflict and provides aid if required in emergency situations such as civil disorder, natural disasters and major accidents;
- engages in peacekeeping operations and enforces ceasefire agreements;
- stands watch and guards military establishments and other buildings;
- trains and exercises using various military equipment and tactics;
- undertakes specialist activities such as operating communications equipment, driving military vehicles;
- patrols areas of possible military activity;
- leads and trains new recruits and lower ranks, looks after their discipline and welfare.
Common job titles
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