How to Pass the Selection Process to Join the British Army

Updated July 20, 2017

Joining the British Army as a soldier is a big commitment, but it can offer varied career opportunities. The Army identifies a person's natural talents and matches them to specific job roles, such as Engineer, IT Technician and Musician. There are several things you can do to ensure that you will pass the initial selection process to enter the Army. You will generally need to be between 16 and 33 years of age and a British citizen to be considered for the British Army.

Consider any medical conditions you may have. Some conditions, including chest disorders, eye disorders and neurological disorders may not be compatible with an Army career. The British Army website has a list of conditions that could make you unsuitable.

Be honest about any criminal convictions in your application. They may not necessarily prevent you from joining the Army, but will ensure you take a suitable career path.

Study Math and English language revision books. Both selection stages at an Army Development and Selection Centre (ADSC) involve tests which are to a British General Certificate of Secondary Education (GCSE) level. This is roughly equivalent to a U.S. high school diploma.

Practice the tests. There are sample questions on the Army's website. Maintain concentration throughout. The tests are not difficult, but you must be quick and accurate.

Run regularly to improve your fitness and perform exercises such as push-ups to improve your upper-body strength. The Army selection process includes various physical activities including a 1.5 mile run which has a pass or fail time limit.

Learn about exercise techniques and use the interactive fitness plan application on the British Army's website. Consult your doctor before starting any form of vigorous training regime.

Demonstrate a positive attitude at selection. The Army expects this, along with determination and the ability to work well in a team.

Find out everything you can about the British army, starting with the Corps and Regiments section at the British Army website. You will need to be prepared and confident in your interview, and having a good base knowledge will allow you to relax, listen and be polite.

Things You'll Need

  • High school math revision book
  • High school English language revision book
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Based near London, England, Bill Randall has been writing professionally since 2002. His articles have been published by eHow, and he specializes in the fields of information technology, adult education, winter sports and music. Randall studied English, business and information studies at The Grange School.