Why join us?
The Royal Armoured Corps is recruiting Regular (full-time) and Reserve (part-time) soldiers and officers.
Transferable skills and trades
The RAC offers soldiers new transferable skills and trades that will not only enhance an individual’s military career, but stand him in good stead on return to civilian life:
• A civilian national category B (Car) driving license for all RAC soldiers during Phase 2 training.
• A civilian national category C (HGV) driving license for all Light Cavalry soldiers during Phase 2 training and selected Armour and Armoured Cavalry soldiers once at their Regiments. Those with a HGV license can also be selected to obtain nationally recognised hazardous materials (HAZMAT) qualifications.
• A civilian national category H (Tracked) driving license for 90% of Armr and all Armd Cav soldiers during Phase 2 training.
Regular RAC soldiers have the opportunity to gain apprenticeships in one of:
• Information Communication Technology
• Retail, Distribution & Road Passenger vehicle Driving (logistics)
• Animal (Equine) Care
Regular RAC soldiers have the opportunity to gain a nationally recognised NVQ Diploma in Engineering Maintenance and Installation.
Regular and Reserve RAC soldiers have the opportunity to gain nationally recognised Level 2 Functional Skills (GCSE A-C equivalent) qualifications in maths, English and Information Communication Technology.
Funding for continued and further education
Funding for continued education on enrolment in the Standard Learning Credits Schemes:
• For each year of service, the ability to claim a proportion of the cost of approved course fees under Standard Learning Credits Scheme.
• Funding available whilst employed by the Army.
Funding for further education on enrolment in the Enhanced Learning Credits Scheme:
• Enhanced Learning Credits in pursuit of higher or further education level learning.
• Can be claimed whilst serving in the Army or for a period of up to 10 years after leaving the Service.
• Claims can currently be made in 3 consecutive financial years.
• The amount of financial support that can be claimed currently doubles after 8 years of service.
• Further information can be found on the Elcas website - www.enhancedlearningcredits.com/
The very nature of the role requires young officers to lead soldiers in adverse conditions, face to face and by radio in the heat of battle. Officers must be confident and intelligent enough to be capable of articulating their thoughts clearly and succinctly. We are looking for robust young men who are able to lead in all conditions and make decisions under the pressure and tight timescale that mounted close combat demands.
Officers in the RAC are expected to have wide interests, sporting and cultural, and to be willing to try their hand at any activity. The role as a commander and leader on the front line is suited to those who possess an extrovert, yet calm nature. Initiative, self-confidence and excellent team working are pre requisites. Your soldiers must follow you out of confidence in your ability and plan.
Serving within a RAC regiment provides a unique opportunity for young officers to lead a very tight knit team. Loyalty is borne out of a great sense of responsibility to ‘the team’, backed by the pride of wearing a capbadge that signals utter professionalism. This bond, created by shared experiences of all ranks, runs through all aspects of regimental life and is particularly strong in the Messes. Officers will make friendships in the Officers’ Mess that will last a lifetime.