- physical fitness and endurance
- concentration skills and fast reactions
- active listening skills and the ability to follow instructions quickly
- the ability to work well with others in a team
- patience and the ability to remain calm in stressful situations
- the ability to accept criticism and work well under pressure
- thinking and reasoning skills and the confidence to act quickly
- to be thorough and pay attention to detail
- knowledge of public safety and security
- to be able to carry out basic tasks on a computer or hand-held device
Your day-to-day duties will depend on your job. Roles you might work in include:
- combat - as an infantry soldier or aviation crewman
- engineering - as an aircraft technician or vehicle mechanic
- HR, finance and support - as an HR specialist or military police soldier
- intelligence, communications and IT - as a military intelligence operator or communication systems engineer
- medical - as a healthcare professional or veterinary technician
- logistics and support - as a chef or logistics supply specialist
- music and ceremonial - as a musician or ceremonial gunner
You may need to wear protective clothing and a uniform.
You could work be based overseas, in a warzone or at a military base.
Your working environment may be physically and emotionally demanding and outdoors in all weathers.
When you join the army, you sign up for 4 years. You can leave at any time after this as long as you give 12 months' notice. If you want to stay you can extend your 4-year contract.
With training and experience you could move up through the ranks or into a specialist unit like the commandos. You could also gain a commission to become an officer which would give you a higher salary.
You'll find more information about careers in the army through Army Careers.