How to Join the Territorial Army as an Officer

The Territorial Army is the British version of the Army Reserves. In contrast to the American Army, you can join without a university degree, but you still have to pass stringent guidelines with regards to your leadership ability and general aptitude for military service. The Territorial Army is a good military decision for people who want military service without giving up their civilian lives.


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      Earn at least 35 points in your seven best GCSE subjects. This is in high school, so you need to plan ahead.

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      Earn at least 180 points in your AS and A levels. Again, this is in high school.

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      Contact the Territorial Army through their website or by telephone.

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      Choose a local or national unit. The former is based on your geographical location while the latter is based on your specialty.

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      Attend an interview with a veteran officer, who will determine your readiness for service and whether you can join your chosen unit.

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      Take some basic tests to determine whether you can join the Army at all. These are basic aptitude and medical tests.

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      Take higher-level officer tests, which are substantially more difficult. These test your leadership and initiative to make sure you are prepared to serve as an officer.

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      Attend a 3-week training program at the Royal Military Academy Sandhurst, and begin your territorial service.

Tips & Warnings

  • Remember that the Territorial Army does get deployed into combat from time to time. If you are not prepared for this, then you should not join.
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