HOW TO JOIN THE ARMY

Soldiers of the British Army carry out an amazing job. If you want to join the Army then you need to make sure you can demonstrate the values of this important service during the Careers Office interview, and also during the Army Development Selection Centre. The following information will give you an insight into how to pass the Army selection process.

 

At the end of the article you will also see details of how you can get access to the Army BARB testing suite. This facility will enable you to practise test questions that are similar to the actual assessment.

ADVICE ON HOW TO JOIN THE ARMY

A career with the British Army is both rewarding and satisfying. Nowadays jobs for younger people are becoming increasingly harder to obtain, simply because employers are starting to look for people with more experience.

The great thing about a career in the Army is that it will give you plenty of experience and make you very attractive to the majority of employers when you do eventually decide to leave after serving your contract.

You will have the opportunity to gain many skills and qualifications during your time in the Armed Forces and you will also meet a large number of people who will become close friends and colleagues. Many young men and women apply to join the Army each year and a large number of them fail to pass the application process. In the majority of cases the people who failed could have avoided this by doing one thing – preparing effectively.

Learn the Army values
This first step when preparing for any job is to learn and understand what the organisation you are applying to join expects of its employees. The same rule applies to the British Army.

As you can imagine the Army has a set of ‘values’ which everyone who works for it must follow and abide by. During the selection process, and in particular the interview, there is a strong chance that you will be asked to explain what the values are and what you understand about them. If I was to ask you the question ‘Tell me what the British Army values are?’ would you be able to answer it? If not then it is important that you learn them, but more importantly understand them.

As a soldier you will often be required to do things that other people wouldn’t want to do, or would be incapable of doing. As a soldier you will be highly trained and you will be able to carry out your tasks both professionally and competently.
However, if the Army did not have these values and it did not have control of its people then things could soon go wrong. As a soldier it can be a difficult task balancing the aggression of combat with the self-discipline that is required to perform under immense pressure.


The values of the British Army are as follows:
Selfless commitment – putting other people before yourself.

Courage – facing up to danger and doing what is right at all times.

Discipline – being able to maintain constant high standards, so that others can rely on you.

Integrity – earning the respect and trust of your work colleagues.

Loyalty – being faithful to your work colleagues and to your duty.

Respect for others – treating others with decency and respect at all times.

Understanding the standards of conduct
In addition to the values of the British Army it is also important to be aware of the standards of conduct that you will be expected to abide by. Whilst it is not essential to learn these verbatim, it is a good idea to read them and be aware that they do exist. Throughout your career in the Army you will be required to follow strict discipline regulations. Anyone who breaks the rules or who acts in a manner which is damaging to the reputation of the Army may be subject to an investigation and possibly discipline procedures.

As a soldier serving in the British Army you must:
- Abide by the civil law, wherever you are serving.

- Abide by military law, which includes some additional  offences such as insubordination and absence without leave, which are needed to maintain discipline.

- Abide by the laws of armed conflict whenever you are on operations.

- Avoid any activity that undermines your professional ability or puts others at risk, in particular, the misuse of drugs and abuse of alcohol.

- Avoid any behaviour that damages trust and respect between you and others in your team and unit, such as deceit or social misconduct. In particular, you must not commit any form of harassment, bullying or discrimination whether on grounds of race, gender, religion or sexual orientation – or any other behaviour that could undermine good order and military discipline.

Army Interview Questions And Answers

During this article we will take a look at a number of Army interview questions and also tips that will help you to pass the Army selection process.

To begin with let us take a look at a sample Army interview question:

Q. How do you think you will fit into a team environment?

When responding to this question, it would be a positive thing if you can demonstrate you have experience of working in a team. Maybe you have experience of working in a sporting team or need to work as a team in your current job? Try to think of examples where you have already been working in a team environment and if you can provide an example where the team achieved something then even better. Structure your answer around your own experiences and also around your knowledge of the fact that the Army needs to work as an effective team unit in order for it to complete its tasks both safely and on time.

Here is a sample response to the same interview question to help you prepare:

'I have experience of working in a team and I really enjoyed it, so I know I would fit in well. I play for my local rugby team and it is important that everybody gels together in order to win our games. The real test for the team is when we are being beaten and I always try to rally the team together and get us motivated to win back the points we have lost. I understand that the Army needs to work together effectively as a team to get the right result. If the team doesn't perform then people's lives can be put at risk. Being an effective part of the team also means that I would have to train hard and keep up my competency levels, which I believe I would do well. With my experience of team sports and having the ability to pull a team together when the chips are down, I think I would be a great asset to the Army team.'

You will see that the above questions is very well constructed.

Now let's take a look at some important tips for preparing for the Army interview.

- When you walk into the interview room stand up straight with your shoulders back. Project an image of confidence;

- Don't sit down in the interview chair until invited to do so;

- Sit with your hands resting on your knees, palms downwards. It is OK to use your hands expressively but don't overdo it;

- Don't slouch in the chair;

- Speak up and be positive;

- Smile, be happy and have a sense of humour;

- Dress as smart as you can and take a pride in your appearance. If you don't have a suit make sure you wear a shirt and tie at the very least.

- Improve your personal administration. By this I mean your personal hygiene and cleanliness. Make sure you have washed and your hands and nails are clean.

- Make sure you have researched both the Army life and your chosen career/careers. This is very important.

- During the interview do not be negative or disrespectful towards your teachers, parents or people in positions of authority. Remember that you are applying to join a disciplined service.

- Go the extra mile and learn a little bit about the Army's history if you get time. When the panel ask you 'What can you tell us about the Army?' you will be able to demonstrate that you have made an effort to look into their history as well as their modern day activities;

- Be respectful and courteous towards the interview panel. At the end of your response to each question finish off with either 'Sir' or 'Ma'am' or as otherwise instructed.

- Ask positive questions at the end of the interview. Try not to ask questions such as "How much leave will I get?" or "How often do I get paid?"

- If you are unsure about a question don't waffle. If you do not know the answer then it is OK to say so. Move on to the next question and put it behind you.

- Finally, believe in yourself and be confident. A positive attitude will bring positive results!

 

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