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British Army
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Active Duty Troops : 99,400

Reserve Troops:

Branches of the Military: Army, Royal Navy (including Royal Marines), Royal Air Force

Military Budget: $42,836.5 million (2003)

The first permanent standing British army was established in the 17th century. Today the army consists of infantry, or foot soldiers; cavalry, initially soldiers on horses, now soldiers in tanks and armored vehicles; and the Army Air Corps, which operates helicopters and other aircraft. The army also includes a force of some 4,000 Gurkhas, mercenaries or professional soldiers from the country of Nepal in Asia. The Gurkha regiment dates from the early 19th century. The Territorial Army, also known as the militia or volunteer force, is a general reserve force. The army is controlled by the Defense Council through the Army Board, composed of both civilian and military members. Official Site of the British Army

The British Army's mission is:

  • To provide protection for the United Kingdom by securing its airspace, land, sea interest and jurisdictions.

  • To act as an international peacekeeper.

  • To provide humanitarian aid to governments and people in need.

  • To provide support to civil authorities in order to provide the protection and support needed to sustain the United Kingdom's national interest and stability.

  • To provide support during national emergencies by assisting civil authorities in maintaining a reasonable level of emergency preparedness throughout the nation.

  • To be a positive force, whose mission is to carry out essential work both in the UK and overseas.

The requirements to enlist in the British Army are:

  • Be eligible if they are a resident of the United Kingdom or the Irish Republic or are one of the following: A British citizen; a citizen of the British dependent territories; a British overseas citizen; a British subject under the British Nationality Act 1981; a citizen of an independent Commonwealth country; British Protected Person; Citizen of the Irish Republic.

  • Be at least 16 years old. Candidates under 18 must have parental consent.

  • Except for those who wish to train in certain technical employment, an applicant's eligibility for service and/or to qualify for a particular form of training will be determined by the results achieved on the Army Entrance Test (known as BARB). The test assesses an applicant's ability for training by using computer touch screen question and answer techniques.

  • Be physically and medically fit.

  • Enlist on an Open Engagement. As a general rule, all recruits enlist on an Open Engagement. This allows a recruit to serve for 22 years from their 18th birthday or date of attestation, whichever is the later, and so qualify for a pension.

  • Click here, Online Office Chat with a recruiter.


The British Army contributes to international security by:

  • The Army is currently deployed in over 80 countries around the world. Deployments vary in strength from single military advisors to full operational deployments.

  • The British Army is the key land component in NATO’s rapid reaction forces.

  • Britain also contributes to United Nations operations and has deployed troops to Iraq, Bosnia, Cyprus, Kuwait, and Angola. British military instructors are active in many countries, and thousands of military students from around the world attend military training courses in Britain.







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