Women in the Army

The Army offers a range of exciting career opportunities to everyone, regardless of gender. We champion gender equality and provide a uniquely supportive working environment.

Share an exciting and well-balanced life

Thousands of Army women love the work/life balance. Most Army jobs have regular hours, so you'll have plenty of opportunity to get away, relax, socialise and spend time with family.

You and your colleagues will have access to extensive sports, fitness and leisure facilities on base. Through your work you'll meet a wide range of people and share some amazing and unique experiences.

Benefit from career equality across the service

Today's Army is a modern and forward-thinking organisation. We recognise that all personnel have an equal right to training and opportunities for advancement; and that the desire to raise a family should not impede career development. We offer flexible employment arrangements including part-time work and extended leave to accommodate changes in circumstances.

Whatever you love doing, find the perfect career in the Army

Women of all backgrounds enjoy rewarding careers in the Army, across a broad range of trades and professions. We believe the opportunities you are offered should be based on attributes and potential, regardless of gender.

Keep fit Keep fit
Be paid to keep fit and healthy

It's important for Army personnel to be fit enough to carry out their duties effectively, so keeping fit will be an integral part of your job. You'll have free access to pools and well-equipped fitness facilities and be able to enjoy a wide range of team sports on base.

This guide will help you to get started on your fitness journey, including correct practising techniques for your Pre-entry Fitness Assessment (PFA).

Start your career in the Army

See how a career in the Army can work for you

Pathways for women

A range of flexible entry pathways have been developed to suit the needs of female candidates. Discover the best way for you to start an exciting career in the Army.

Build resilience through a preparation pathway

If you have the attributes and personal drive we’re looking for in the Army, but would benefit from additional physical and mental preparation, you may be eligible for the Army Pre-Conditioning Program (APCP).

Choose where to work Choose where to work
Choose where to work

If serving in a specific location is a high priority for reasons such as family commitments, Recruit to Area could be for you.

  • Available for first posting, after completion of recruit and initial employment training where desired location is near a military base.
  • Open to all General Entry (non-technical) roles.

Enjoy a shorter comitment Enjoy a shorter comitment
Enjoy a shorter commitment

If you want to experience life in the Army but are concerned about the number of years you have to commit to, a two-year role is for you.

Two-year roles available are: Human Resources Administrator, Ammunition Supplier, Armoured Vehicle Crew, Artillery Observer, Artillery Operator, Artillery Systems Operator, Chef, Combat Engineer and Infantry Soldier.

Join when it suits you Join when it suits you
Join when it suits you

If you demonstrate high potential when interviewed and are keen to join as soon as possible, Recruit When Ready could be for you.

  • Lets you join at a time that suits your personal circumstances.
  • Open to all General Entry roles.

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