Career outlook for army officer
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Currently employed in Scotland
What's it like?
You would lead a team of British Army soldiers to compete a task or mission. You’d make quick decisions about what action to take in dangerous and stressful situations.
You’d be responsible for the training, welfare, physical fitness and discipline of the men and women under your command. You’d motivate them to work together as a disciplined and effective team.
If you are an officer in a unit in the Combat Arms you would lead troops involved in fighting, such as the infantry, armoured corps, air corps and cavalry.
If you join a regiment in Combat Arms Support you would lead a unit working in artillery, engineering, information technology and communications, intelligence, logistics and healthcare.
You’d make sure your soldiers have the equipment, skills and support they need. As an officer you’d manage the soldiers in your unit and supervise the training and the integration of new recruits. There will also be administration to do.
Your exact duties would depend on which Arm you join and what type of job you do.
Examples of roles in the Combat Arms are:
- Infantry platoon officer - leading a team of 30 trained soldiers on operations
- Helicopter pilot officer - with responsibility for your crew and supporting ground troops
- Tank troop officer - in charge of 12 soldiers and their vehicles
- Artillery troop officer – in charge of a team of 30 soldiers and their weaponry
In the Support Arms, the roles include:
- Adult heath nurse – caring for injured soldiers in demanding situations
- Medical support officer or dental officer – looking after the health of army personnel and their families
- Veterinary officer – working with military animals
- Chaplain – offering spiritual support to soldiers and their families
Your unit could help with peacekeeping and humanitarian missions as well as undertaking missions in a combat zone.
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- Taking responsibility
- Motivating others
- Making decisions
- Developing a plan
- Verbal communication
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