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Signallers

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If, or how long would it take for a regular soldier to climb up the ranks over the years of service to become an officer? Starting from the very bottom, does anyone know of this, excluding officer recommendations, just going straight up the ranks?
 
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Nothing like ambition, is there? If you mean a full career then commissioned as LE, and I assume you are going to join the R SIGNALS, then (unless you are picked as a rising star and soar above your contemporaries) then it is usually from WO1. It may have changed but you had to have completed at least 16 years to get that rank and then 3 years in the post which means a minimum of 19 years. Most who do rise to the giddy heights get it in the last 1 to 3 years of their 22 year career.
 

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Depends on cap badge, ie RLC must be WO1 (or WO2 selected for WO1) whereas some cap badges can apply for commission from Sgt/SSgt rank. Unfortunately for you there is no definitive answer.
 
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Some Corps also offer specialisations which can boost you up from LCpl/Cpl straight to Sgt/SSgt within a couple of years. And then normal jogging from there usually. They are not normally easy courses mind you.
 

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Are you already serving or are you planning for the future? If you are in then you RAO will be able to provide you specific cap badge requirements
 
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