WHAT HAPPENS AS AN OFFICER? You can start your Army officer career at the age of 18 - you don't need to have a degree, just good A Levels (or equivalent). If you're keen to join the Army as an officer but you're still in education, you might be interested in applying for a or , which will give you extra financial support while you study, before graduating and heading to Sandhurst for officer training. Once you've started at Sandhurst you'll learn military skills, while building on your leadership skills as well as making friendships that will last a lifetime. After your training, Army life will vary depending on the capbadge that you choose. You'll find yourself in a management role, with a team of soldiers working for you from the start. You'll combine your leadership skills with your subject knowledge to make sure that your team works efficiently and as well as they can.You'll also enjoy fitness, travel and adventure as part of your Army life. Officers are people who have ambitious goals. Whatever your background when you arrive, you'll all go on to have one thing in common - you'll all receive the best leadership and management training in the world at the Royal Military Academy Sandhurst (RMAS). While you're in training at Sandhurst, you'll not only learn soldiering skills, but also how to lead and manage. Once you pass out, your development doesn't stop there.Throughout your career you will be encouraged to take part in a number of training courses and study for a wide range of civilian-recognised qualifications. Promotion is clearly defined in the Army and as your leadership skills and professional competence grow, you can typically expect to reach the rank of Captain within three years and Major within another 5-8 years. BENEFITS As an officer, you'll enjoy loads of benefits, including: Adventurous training Additional training Transferable skills Six weeks' paid leave Free dental and medical cover Subsidised food and accommodation Free gym and sports facility Pension Next Steps Not sure where to start, or what you could do? Explore our guide to the different ways to join. Learn about the recruitment process and how to prepare for the Army assessment.