Officers in 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)
Officers in armed forces serve as commissioned officers in Her Majesty’s armed forces, foreign and Commonwealth armed forces; plan, direct, organise and administer military operations; and perform duties for which there is no civilian equivalent.
QualificationsEntry to a commission in the UK armed forces is possible with GCSEs/S grades and A levels/H grades, or with higher academic qualifications, or by promotion from NCO or other rank. Each arm of the forces has different age restrictions. Candidates must pass a medical examination and interview.
- advises and provides information on military aspects of defence policy;
- plans, directs and co-ordinates military training and manoeuvres;
- supervises the operation of military units and monitors the activities of junior officers, NCOs and other ranks;
- plans, directs and administers aid to civilian authorities as requested or when faced with civil disorder, natural disaster or other emergency.
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