Officers in armed forces

£71,240

Average Annual Pay

Annual Survey of Hours and Earning 2013

Insufficient data

Average Weekly Hours

Annual Survey of Hours and Earning

3.98%

Unemployment Rate

Labour Force Survey 2018

Future employment projections (Working Futures UK)

Description

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.

Qualifications

Entry 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.

Typical tasks

  • 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.

Common job titles

Colonel-Commandant
Squadron-Leader
Lieutenant
Commander (armed forces)
Major (armed forces)
Officer (WRNS)
Chaplain (armed forces)
Marshal of the RAF
Lieutenant-Colonel
Marshal of the Royal Air Force
Sub-Lieutenant
Commandant (armed forces)
Admiral of the Fleet
Cadet, officer
Marshal, field
Commodore (armed forces)
Officer, staff, general
Brigadier
Officer, commissioned
Officer, disposal, bomb
Lieutenant-Commander
Major-General
Officer, naval, Royal
Quartermaster-General
Aide-de-Camp
Adjutant-General
General
Captain (armed forces)
Admiral
Adjutant
Captain, ship's (armed forces)
Lieutenant-General
Colonel
Marshal, air
Field-Marshal
Air-Marshal
Officer, medical (armed forces)
Officer, army
Officer, commando, Marines, Royal
Officer, Marines, Royal
Officer, Navy, Royal
Officer, commanding
Officer, flying
Officer, RAF
Officer, flag
Flight-Lieutenant
Midshipman (armed forces)
Director (WRNS)
Officer, pilot (armed forces)
Officer (armed forces)
Leader, Squadron
Superintendent (WRNS)
Officer, Force, Air, Royal

Education background

Destination of Leavers survey, supplied by the Higher Education Statistics.