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Why join us?

The Royal Armoured Corps is recruiting Regular (full-time) and Reserve (part-time) soldiers and officers.

There are 14 unique Regiments (10 Regular, 4 Reserve) within the RAC. Each is employed in one of 4 roles:

  • Armour: Equipped with the CHALLENGER 2 Main Battle Tank
  • Armoured Cavalry: Equipped with the SCIMITAR Tracked Reconnaissance Vehicle and SCOUT Tracked Reconnaissance Vehicle from 2017
  • Light Cavalry: Equipped with JACKAL/R-WMIK Wheeled Reconnaissance vehicles
  • The Household Cavalry Mounted Regiment, conducting mounted ceremonial and Public Duties in London

We recruit the best, highly capable soldiers

A Career in the RAC will offer excitement, challenge and unique camaraderie borne out of a bond forged within a tight knit team of soldiers, working as a crew, at the very forefront of combat. RAC soldiers provide the armoured muscle of the British Army and lead it into battle.

The RAC prides itself on its professionalism, embodied in highly capable soldiers who have the self-confidence, motivation, training and team spirit to enable them to overcome any obstacle or enemy, in their vehicles or on foot.

Trained as a Combat soldier you will learn invaluable skills in leadership, management and communication.

The Yeomanry (RAC Reserve units) work side by side and on the same equipment as their paired regular regiments. They train and deploy on operations hand in hand. Members of the Yeomanry are paid for their time and can qualify for a tax free annual bounty.

As one of the two Combat Arms, the RAC are required and expect to travel worldwide on operations, exercise and adventurous training.

Join as a Soldier

The RAC is a Combat Arm who are looking for intelligent, fit and highly motivated men capable of driving, operating and ultimately commanding the most important weapons systems on the modern battlefield.

 

So what can we offer you?

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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:

• Engineering
• 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/

Join as an Officer

A RAC officer can expect significant responsibility from the start of his career; your Troop could inform the decisions upon which the British Army is committed to battle or lead the assault directly onto the enemy positions. You will be expected to operate independently of your chain of command for significant periods of time and your men will depend upon you.

In addition to the attributes required of an officer within the British Army, a career in the RAC demands:

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Charisma

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.

Character

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.

Loyalty

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.

In return, the RAC will provide you with:

  • Good pay, allowances and pension
  • 38 days paid leave per year (Regular Service)
  • World renowned training for Officers at the Royal Military Academy Sandhurst
  • Responsibility, excitement and adventure during operations, training exercises, sporting opportunities and adventure training
  • Unique comradeship
  • A structured promotion plan based upon your potential
  • The opportunity to study for a Modular Masters in Leadership and Management
  • 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 the 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 currently 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/

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