Joining Up

Joining Up

Joining the Army is the first step to a fulfilling career, one full of challenges and travel. The Army is keen to employ the best soldiers and LGBT men and women are encouraged to apply.

The Forum is keen to help anyone looking to join the Army. We will put you in touch with a serving LGBT soldier or officer who works in the trade or unit that you wish to join. Your contact can give you information about training and working in the Army, as well as providing a friend who you can call on for support. Alternatively, you can read about the careers of some our soldiers below.

To help you with your decision the Forum has asked several of its members to tell you about what they do on a daily basis. If you are keen to learn more about the roles on offer please get in touch using our contact page.

Army Air Corps
The Army Air Corps is the smallest of the three combat arms in the Army, but its fleet of helicopters makes it one of the most potent. Providing firepower from the skies, it has a unique role to play on the modern battlefield by delivering hard-hitting support to ground forces during the key stages of a battle.

Adjutant General Corps
The Adjutant General’s Corps is one of the largest Corps in the British Army and provides support in the form of Combat Human Resources Specialists, Military Police, Military Provost Staff, Military Provost Guard Service, Educational and Training Services and Army Legal Services.

Queen Alexandra’s Royal Army Nursing Corps
Queen Alexandra’s Royal Army Nursing Corps (QARANC) nurses have worked at the sharp end of military life throughout the last century of military nursing.

Nursing officers, registered nurses, healthcare assistants and student nurses of the QARANC deliver high quality, adaptable and dedicated nursing care wherever the Army needs it.

Royal Army Medical Corps
The RAMC is responsible for maintaining the health of servicemen and women. The Corps is represented wherever British Soldiers are deployed, providing medical support to operations, exercises and adventurous training expeditions all over the world.

Possible Jobs : Combat Medical Technician, Clinical Physiologist, Doctor, Environmental Health Tech, Medical Support Officer, Physiotherapist.

Royal Electrical and Mechanical Engineers
Members of the Royal Electrical and Mechanical Engineers (REME) are the technicians and mechanics that constantly repair and maintain the large array of equipment that the British Army has.

Royal Signals
The Royal Corps of Signals are leaders in Information Technology and Communications for the British Army.

We provide the Army with communications throughout the world and promise a varied and exciting career. Royal Signals provide military commanders with their information requirements and ability to command and control their forces.

The methods used are at the forefront of modern digital military communications and information systems technology and the Corps strives to live up to its motto ‘Certa Cito’, which freely translated means ‘Swift and Sure’.

The British Infantry is respected throughout the world and you have the choice of being part of this exceptional fighting force either full time or part time.

As a Regular Infanteer you will be a fulltime soldier, 24 hours a day, 365 days a year and paid as such. You will undergo intensive training before you join your Regiment but the training does not stop there. You will find throughout your career that you will always be training for something but all this activity keeps you fit and healthy and gives you experiences not available to most other people.

If you join the Army Reserve you can have a normal civilian job and live in the community but you will undergo the same intensive training in a condensed form. You will have the opportunity to go on exercises throughout the world and take part in adventure training just as your Regular counterparts do. You will also get the chance to serve alongside your Regular colleagues on operations such as in Iraq or Afghanistan. Currently around 10% of the Army Reserve are mobilised on operations.

Currently the Infantry provides well over 50% of those employed as Special Forces and Special Duties troops in the Army. If you think that Special Duties is something you would like to do then the Infantry will give you the skill and more importantly the time and support to achieve your goals.

Royal Logistics Corps
From tanks and ammunition to letters and food, we get the right amount of the right kit to the right people in the right place at the right time – enabling the Army to do its job, and boosting morale along the way.

We fight logistics through to keep the army working, moving and communicating.

The RLC works all over the world, in all conditions, on land, sea and in the air, night and day, in rain, shine and snow and on mountains, deserts, built up areas and jungle terrain. We’re also experts at helping, protecting and advising civilians who get caught up in conflicts, natural disasters or any other situation where we’re needed.