Regular Officer Careers
To meet the demands of the job, RLC officers have to be highly versatile and organised, resourceful and adaptable.
Your initial commission is for 12 years, you can typically expect to reach the rank of
Captain after three years’ commissioned service.
Promotion & Career Progression is Clearly Defined in The Army
Your first rank after commissioning. It’s held for 1-year, during which time you’ll complete your troop commander’s course. Afterwards you’ll be responsible for leading up to 30 soldiers in a troop, both in training and on operations.
Lieutenant is a rank typically held for up to 2 years. You’ll command a troop of around 30 soldiers, but with experience come increased responsibilities within your unit. You’ll also have the opportunity to attend one of the RLC’s professional training courses.
As a Captain, you’ll normally be second in command of a sub-unit. You’ll play an important role in the planning and decision-making process, with tactical responsibility for operations on the ground as well as equipment maintenance, logistic support and manpower.
After 8 and 10 years, you could promote to Major. You’ll be given command of a sub-unit of about 120 soldiers and officers. You’ll look after their training and welfare, leading them on operations. You will also complete a staff appointment.
At this rank, you’ll either command a unit of up to 650 soldiers or perform an intermediate staff role. As a CO, you’ll be responsible for the overall operational effectiveness of your unit; this includes military capability, welfare and discipline.
Most Colonels work as staff officers, but a few have command appointments, such as training establishments. They are key advisers to the very senior officers on the staff and in operational commands.
Also known as a 1 star General, Brigadiers in the Army will command a wide range of formations and also fill senior appointments on the Army Staff, such as Chief of Staff of a Division.
Also known as a 2 star General, Major Generals command divisions of the Army. They will hold very senior positions in the Ministry of Defence and other in other headquarters, both in the UK and abroad.
Also known as a 3 star general, Lieutenant Generals command Corps, and other equivalent commands in the UK and overseas. They work at the very highest levels of the Ministry of Defence and Army HQ, such as Assistant Chief of the General Staff.
Also known as a 4 star General, this is the most senior rank in the British Army and you will find that people at this rank include the Chief of Defence Staff and the Chief of the General Staff.
Professional Technical Courses
Did you know you can apply for a gap year commission?