£13,520 Average salary at age 20
£71,240 Average Salary


Officers in armed forces serve as commissioned officers in Her Majesty’s armed forces, foreign and Commonwealth armed forces; plan, direct, organise and administer military operations; and perform duties for which there is no civilian equivalent.

Main Tasks

  • Advises and provides information on military aspects of defence policy;
  • Plans, directs and co-ordinates military training and manoeuvres;
  • Supervises the operation of military units and monitors the activities of junior officers, NCOs and other ranks;
  • Plans, directs and administers aid to civilian authorities as requested or when faced with civil disorder, natural disaster or other emergency.


Entry to a commission in the UK armed forces is possible with GCSEs/S grades and A levels/H grades, or with higher academic qualifications, or by promotion from NCO or other rank. Each arm of the forces has different age restrictions. Candidates must pass a medical examination and interview.

What Officers in armed forces studied in higher education

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What Officers in armed forces studied in higher education
Occupation Percentage Value
(T6) Modern Middle Eastern studies1
(L7) Human & social geography1
(G1) Mathematics1
(L3) Sociology1
(F2) Materials science1
(C1) Biology1
(H3) Mechanical engineering6
(F1) Chemistry1
(C8) Psychology1
(V3) History by topic1
(H4) Aerospace engineering6
(F7) Science of aquatic & terrestrial environments1
(W3) Music1
(F6) Geology1
(F8) Physical geographical sciences1
(D4) Agriculture1
(Q3) English studies1
(A1) Pre-clinical medicine1
(L2) Politics30
(K2) Building1
(H1) General engineering1
(H2) Civil engineering3
(B7) Nursing1
(M1) Law by area1
(M2) Law by topic1
(J9) Others in technology1
(I2) Information systems1
(N8) Hospitality, leisure, sport, tourism & transport1
(V5) Philosophy1
(F3) Physics2
(L1) Economics1
(N1) Business studies1
(J6) Maritime technology6
(X1) Training teachers1
(K4) Planning (urban, rural & regional)1
(C6) Sport & exercise science3
(N2) Management studies1
(V1) History by period4
(Q8) Classical studies1
(H6) Electronic & electrical engineering4
(I1) Computer science2

UK Prospects

29900 Workforce Size
3.42% Predicted growth 2024 - 2027
3451 Predicted Replacement 2024 - 2027

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