£16,120 Average salary at age 20
£33,280 Average Salary


Those holding jobs in this unit group are full-time members of the armed forces of the UK, the Commonwealth and other foreign countries and perform military duties for which there is no civilian equivalent.

Main Tasks

  • Receives and responds to commands from senior officers;
  • Monitors, operates, services and repairs military equipment;
  • Takes part in military operations in situations of conflict and provides aid if required in emergency situations such as civil disorder, natural disasters and major accidents;
  • Engages in peacekeeping operations and enforces ceasefire agreements;
  • Stands watch and guards military establishments and other buildings;
  • Trains and exercises using various military equipment and tactics;
  • Undertakes specialist activities such as operating communications equipment, driving military vehicles;
  • Patrols areas of possible military activity;
  • Leads and trains new recruits and lower ranks, looks after their discipline and welfare.


For most positions entry does not depend upon academic qualifications. Entrants generally have to pass a selection interview and physical and medical examinations. Entry to certain trades requires GCSEs/S grades or equivalent qualifications.

What NCOs and other ranks studied in higher education

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What NCOs and other ranks studied in higher education
Occupation Percentage Value
(L4) Social policy2
(L7) Human & social geography1
(B2) Pharmacology, toxicology & pharmacy1
(G1) Mathematics1
(W2) Design studies1
(C1) Biology1
(Q9) Others in linguistics, classics & related subjects1
(H3) Mechanical engineering2
(F1) Chemistry1
(C8) Psychology3
(V3) History by topic1
(H4) Aerospace engineering8
(F7) Science of aquatic & terrestrial environments3
(W3) Music1
(F6) Geology1
(F8) Physical geographical sciences1
(W6) Cinematics & photography1
(C7) Molecular biology, biophysics & biochemistry1
(Q3) English studies1
(H8) Chemical, process & energy engineering1
(L2) Politics8
(K2) Building1
(K1) Architecture1
(J5) Materials technology not otherwise specified1
(H1) General engineering1
(H2) Civil engineering3
(I9) Others in computer sciences1
(R4) Spanish studies1
(N5) Marketing1
(M1) Law by area1
(M2) Law by topic2
(I2) Information systems1
(N8) Hospitality, leisure, sport, tourism & transport3
(B1) Anatomy, physiology & pathology1
(F3) Physics1
(L1) Economics2
(I6) Games1
(N1) Business studies2
(J6) Maritime technology4
(V6) Theology & religious studies1
(X1) Training teachers2
(N4) Accounting1
(C6) Sport & exercise science5
(N2) Management studies2
(V1) History by period6
(N3) Finance2
(Q8) Classical studies1
(H6) Electronic & electrical engineering14
(I1) Computer science1

UK Prospects

65000 Workforce Size
0.22% Predicted decline 2024 - 2027
3894 Predicted Replacement 2024 - 2027

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