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"I CHOSE TO BE A GUARDSMAN BECAUSE I WANTED TO GO ON OPERATIONS. I DEPLOY TO AFGHANISTAN NEXT YEAR."

They might be famous for standing guard outside Buckingham Palace in their red tunics, but British Army guardsmen are also fully trained combat soldiers who deploy on operations abroad. Join them and you'll take part in everything from peacekeeping and disaster relief to armed conflict. You'll also take part in some of Britain's most high-profile public events, like Trooping the Colour.
 

Entry Requirements

Ages: 16 years - 32 years 11 months. 

Gender: Male

Qualifications: No formal qualifications needed

Fitness: Lift 40kg, Carry 120m, 1.5 mile run in 12 min 45 sec (14 min 30 sec for junior entry)

More information about the fitness test

Qualifications you could get after training.

  • Infantry Soldier Combat Skills
  • Level 2 Safe Use of Weapons qualification
  • Category B driving licence (car) and Category C (medium sized vehicle)
  • HM Forces Apprenticeship (Public Services)
  • Institute of Leadership and Management Team Leading
  • Adventurous Training Qualifications

Learn about rank progression here.

National Government Policy states that all students should have achieved at least a Grade 4 or C Grade in English & Maths at GCSE.  Achieving this minimum grade in these subjects will increase the opportunities open to you, support your future career development and prospects.

Students who do not meet this standard will be supported to continue to study English and Maths through full-time education or an Apprenticeship.

Required Skills

  • confident 
  • sociable 
  • responsible  
  • a good team player
  • patient 
  • enjoy travelling 

Starting Salary

£14,931 to £18,488

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