The Gap Year Commissioning Offer Watch
You're not ready to start university just yet, but you're ready for responsibility, training, adventure. You want to travel the world, challenge yourself and get paid £18,000. You want to achieve more than you thought possible.You're ready to spend your gap year as a Commissioned Officer in the British Army.
After 8 weeks of successful training at the Royal Military Academy Sandhurst, you'll achieve the rank of Second Lieutenant. You'll have earned the unique responsibility of commanding some of the finest Soldiers in the world for the remainder of your gap year and live with fellow Junior Officers in the Officer's Mess.
During your time with us, you'll have the opportunity to take part in overseas training exercises, adventurous training across the world and team, winter and individual sports. You'll find out what you're really capable of. We'll give you the tools you need to overcome physical and mental challenges. Your confidence will grow. Your leadership qualities will shine. Your management skills will broaden.
Such invaluable work experience gives you a year out without comparison. The experiences and skills you'll gain will make you stand head and shoulders above your peers. It gives you a brilliant grounding before you start university and will help to catapult your career when you graduate.
Once you have completed your Gap Year Commission, there is no obligation for you to continue your service. But, if want to, you can become a Commissioned Officer in the Army Reserve whilst you're at university. Then a Regular Officer when you graduate, by attending the Regular Commissioning Course at Sandhurst.Wherever your future career path leads, this year like no other will give you a head start.
You should be in or about to enter your final year of Secondary Education (AY 13/UVI) and planning to go to University to complete your chosen degree following a Gap Year. You must be over 18 years old on 1st August of the year that you're planning to enter GYC training.
Army Scholarship holders are not permitted to apply for a GYC.
You will need to have achieved or be predicted to achieve a minimum of 180 UCAS points at A2 (or equivalent) plus 35 ALIS points (including a GCSE (or equivalent) C Grade or better in English Language, Mathematics and a Science/Foreign Language).
Final entry onto the scheme and into RMAS for training will be conditional on:
- Achieving the minimum academic requirement.
- Holding a confirmed offer of a university place.
- Remaining physically fit.
Following success at Selection and confirmation that all eligibility requirements have been met, candidates will enter RMAS to complete an 8 week course, training alongside Army Reserve Officers and candidates on a similar Army Reserve GYC called Lead First.During the RMAS course, you'll be introduced to Regiments and Corps with a view to confirming a placement for the Gap Year.
On commissioning, you'll move to respective Arms Centres to conduct a short familiarisation course (1 to 2 weeks) before joining your chosen Regiment or Corps. GYC Officers will be posted to these units in pairs. The GYC lasts until August of the year candidates are due to enter university.
On completion of your GYC, Officers will go through a central debriefing process at RMAS, which will allow for course evaluation and discussion of options for further service. You will then be entitled to apply for a place on a Regular Commissioning Course (44 weeks), over and above any GYC training, for 5 years from their attendance at Selection.
Please apply in writing to the National Recruiting Centre (NRC) at
[email protected] or alternatively to find out more about the scheme, please call 030 6770 4820.
Your letter will need to contain:
- Your reason for wanting to join the GYC.
- Your contact details including your email address.
We will then contact you by email and ask you to complete an application form. You'll then be sent an online Medical Declaration form to complete and return to the National Recruiting Centre.
If you're eligible, the process is as follows:
- Face to Face interview with a Senior Careers Adviser (SCA)
- Face to Face Medical Examination
- Attendance at the Army Officers Selection Board (AOSB) Briefing (held over 2 days)
- Attendance at the AOSB Main (Selection) Board (held over 4 days (3 nights))
- Confirmation of a GYC award- Final Checks by the NRC (including Security Clearance)
- Enter RMAS for training:
Army life can be physically tough and some medical conditions can prevent you from joining, so as part of your application you will fill in an online medical questionnaire. Before you go to the Army Officer Selection Board at Westbury you’ll have a medical examination, and at Westbury you’ll do some physical tests. Find out more about the Army’s medical requirements at http://www.army.mod.uk/join/How-to-join.aspx.
If you have any questions, please don't hesitate to ask!
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Hello! I'm extremely interested in applying for the GYC, and was wondering where you get to travel around the world during your year? Thanks.
If you're not quite so lucky you might get a Kenya.
If you're particularly unlucky you may get the Falklands.
If you're absolutely cursed you'll get a Winter in Otterburn.
Much of where you go will depend on the unit you go to. You may spend all of your time at Regimental Duty with a smattering of exercises of varying nature, live, blank or simulated.