Career outlook for army soldier
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Currently employed in Scotland
What's it like?
You would be sent to fight, protect and rescue people in dangerous situations and disaster zones at home and abroad.
You would join a regiment in one of two sections of the British Army.
In Combat Arms you’d become part of the fighting forces, such as the infantry, armoured corps, air corps or cavalry.
In Combat Support Arms you’d be trained for essential services such as mechanics, engineering, IT and communications, catering or healthcare.
Whichever section you joined you’d be trained to fight so you could take part in operations. You’d do fitness training regularly and take part in exercises so you’d be ready for work in conflict zones.
Your exact duties would depend on which Arm you are in and what type of job you do.
In Combat Arms you might be:
- An armoured vehicle driver
- A musician
- A gunner on board a battlefield helicopter
In Combat Support Arms you might work as a:
- Mechanical or electrical engineer, maintaining vehicles and equipment
- Logistics controller, making sure that regiments have operational supplies
- Communications operator, using radio and satellite systems to keep commanders in touch with officers and troops
Your unit could help with peacekeeping and humanitarian missions as well as undertaking missions in a combat zone.
As an experienced soldier you could take on specific duties, such as target surveillance or explosives work. You could apply to join a specialist unit like the commandos.
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- Time management
- Developing a plan
- Attention to detail
- Verbal communication
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