British Armed Forces Recruitment 2019/2020-Application Form, Requirements, Dates

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British Armed Forces Recruitment 2019/2020-Application Form pdf, Requirements, Dates, Exams, Application losing Date-How to Apply from Any Country

British Armed Forces Recruitment 2019/2020 Form | Check The Official British Armed Forces Recruitment 2019 Entry Requirements below.

The British Armed Forces, also known as Her Majesty’s Armed Forces, are the military services responsible for the defence of the United Kingdom, its overseas territories and the Crown dependencies. They also promote Britain’s wider interests, support international peacekeeping efforts and provide humanitarian aid

We all know that choosing to join the Army is one of the biggest decisions that one can make in life, but once you’ve decided, it’s going to be a matter of  ” Once a SoldierAlways a Soldier”. On this article, we are going to do a highlight on how citizens of all commonwealth countries especially Kenya can join the British Army.

If you are applying to join the British Army from commonwealth countries ( Kenya included), for most roles, you must have lived in the UK for at least 5 years. You must also not have been away from the UK for 180 days in a row during this 5-year residency. You must have a valid passport that is valid for at least 2 years from your start date in the Army. To join as a Reservist, you must have Indefinite Leave to Remain or Indefinite Leave to Enter stamped on your passport.

Until the day you join the British Army, you’re responsible for making sure that your visa is valid and you’re in Britain legally. If your visa expires, you might need to pay for yourself to come back to Kenya to apply for a new visa, before carrying on with your application.

1. Age 

To join as a soldier you must be at least 15 years and 7 months before you apply. If you’re under 18, you’ll also need parental consent to join.

To join as an officer you must be between 18 and 29

2.  Fitness

To join the British Army, you must be super fit.  You will undergo a fitness test which must be passed in order to be admitted.  If you’re looking to join as a soldier, you’ll go through a range of strength and stamina tests, as well as a run. These include  carrying a Jerry can, a static lift and a 1.5 mile run. The weight, distance and speed you need to meet changes from role to role.

Tests you must pass if you are applying to join the British Army as an Officer.

There are four  tests you’ll need to take during officer selection and the pre-entry tests.

1.  Beep test:

Here, you will run between two lines, 20m apart in time with a beep. The beeps get steadily faster. Your score is based on the point where you can no longer keep up.

2. Sit-ups

You must be able to perform 50 in two minutes.

3. Press-ups

  • Males 44 in two minutes
  • Females: 21 in two minutes
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4. 1.5-mile run

  • Males 10 min 30 sec
  • Females 12 min 45 sec

It’s good to note that after assessment you need to keep fit so that you will be in great shape when training starts. Being in the Army is physically demanding, and you need to get your body ready for this by staying fit while you wait for your start date.

Medical Test 

Being in the army can be tough both physically and mentallyin regards to thisyou will do a medical test  during the  assessment to make sure that you’ve not got any underlying  health problems.  Below  is a  quick guide to the main conditions that  can stop you from joining the British Army.

Abdominal problems:

  • Chronic abdominal diseases like Crohn’s disease or ulcerative colitis.
  • Kidney disorders such as polycystic kidney disease or kidney stones.
  • Donation of a kidney within the last two years.
  • Kidney disease within the last two years.

Back problems:

  • Spinal surgery (including internal fixation or fusion).
  • Recurrent lower back pain.
  • Spina bifida.

Blood diseases:

  • Sickle Cell Disease.
  • Congenital spherocytosis.
  • Thalassaemia.
  • HIV seropositivity / AIDS.
  • Being a carrier of hepatitis B or hepatitis C.
  • Past history of leukaemia or malignant lymphoma.  Must be disease, treatment and review free for five years.

Bone or joint problems:

  • Meniscectomy (knee cartilage operation) within the last year.
  • Lower limb fractures with internal fixation (metalwork) within the last year.
  • Loss of a limb.
  • Complete loss of a thumb or big toe.
  • Clubfoot (including past surgery).
  • Chronic joint diseases such as ankylosing spondylitis, psoriatic arthritis, rheumatoid arthritis or gout.
  • Reiter’s disease within the last five years.
  • Osteochondritis dissecans.

Chest disorders:

  • Asthma, strong asthma-like symptoms or treatment for related illnesses within the last four years.
  • Chronic lung diseases such as emphysema, bronchiectasis or cystic fibrosis.
  • Active tuberculosis.

Ear disorders:

  • Current perforation of eardrum.
  • Chronic ear diseases like cholesteatoma.
  • Presence of eardrum ‘grommets’.

Eye disorders:

  • Chronic eye diseases like glaucoma, keratoconus and retinitis pigmentosa.
  • Surgery for a squint within the last six months
  • Corneal problems like a corneal graft or recurrent corneal ulcers.
  • Loss or dislocation of an eye lens.
  • Cataract or cataract surgery.
  • Detached retina.

Neurological disorders:

  • Epilepsy or more than one seizure or fit after the age of five. Any seizure or fit within the last ten years.
  • Multiple sclerosis.

Pregnancy:

  • Currently pregnant or had a child in the last 3 months

Psychiatric problems:

  • Schizophrenia.
  • Obsessive-compulsive disorder.
  • Alcohol or drug dependence.
  • Post-traumatic stress disorder (PTSD).
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Skin problems:

  • An active skin disease like eczema or widespread psoriasis.

Other conditions:

  • Loss of spleen (splenectomy).
  • Having received transplanted organs.
  • Severe allergic reactions or anaphylaxis requiring adrenaline injection.
  • Severe nut allergy
  • Circulation problems such as Raynaud’s phenomenon
  • Diabetes.
  • Diseases requiring long-term medication or replacement therapy.

Drugs 

If used drugs in the past, it won’t stop you from joining the British Army, but after you join, you must not misuse drugs. The British Army usually carries out random, compulsory drugs testing, and you can expect to be tested while you’re in training. If you fail any of the tests, you’ll probably be discharged from the army.

Education 

To join as a soldier in the British Army,  you do not need any qualifications. However, there are some roles, which may be more technical, where some qualifications are needed. These details can be found in the role descriptions in the role finder.

You also don’t need a degree to become an officer in the British Army unless you want to serve as a Professionally Qualified Officer. They usually look for qualities rather than qualifications during the recruitment. You can start training to become an officer when you leave school at 18. You will have the chance to earn a degree while you’re serving – with the added benefit of earning a great salary at the same time. You will start with an annual salary of £18,305 (equivalent to Ksh 2,611,746.38)  after training, plus pension.

 Criminal Records 

Everyone makes mistakes and your criminal records don’t have to stop you from joining the British Army. Just be honest about your past history during the recruitment and you are good to go.  During the application, make sure you tell them about any changes to your circumstances when it comes to offences. This includes waiting for a court appearance for a criminal offence.

Tattoos 

If your tattoo is offensive, obscene or racist it will definitely stop you from joining the British Army. However, small tattoos that aren’t offensive in any way are not normally a problem, depending where they are on your body and how visible they are.

Body Piercings

Somebody piercings will stop you from joining the British Army i.e Piercings that change the way you look, like a 4mm flesh tunnel or larger ones.

Also it good to note that for health and safety reasons, you will need to take off all jewellery before any physical activity in the application process. Once you have joined the Army, you will be told the rules for wearing body jewellery when on and off duty.

Application 

Once you’ve registered your interest to join the British Army, you will be asked for details including your nationality and age. This will tell you the type of role you can apply for (or if you can’t join). You’ll then need to apply online here, which will get you started on your Army journey either as a Regular full-time Soldier or as a Part-time Reservist (:

Nationalities from all the Commonwealth countries can apply to join the British Army.

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