• ARRSE have partnered with Armadillo Merino to bring you an ARRSE exclusive, generous discount offer on their full price range.
    To keep you warm with the best of Merino gear, visit www.armadillomerino.co.uk and use the code: NEWARRSE40 at the checkout to get 40% off!
    This superb deal has been generously offered to us by Armadillo Merino and is valid until midnight on the the 28th of February.

Moving up the ranks...

#1
Guys maybe this is a stupid question but here goes... (if it is sorry beforehand)

Can you build your way up all the ranks from joining as a regular soldier i.e. Colonel etc, or do you have to join as an officer to reach those higher ranks?

Just been wondering this for a while, i've seen Warrant Officer Classes 1 and 2 etc...

Thanks
 
#3
If you join as a Private and aren't selected as Potential Officer Material, then to be commissioned you would have to work your way up the NCO ranks first (L/cpl, cpl, sgt, S/sgt, WO2, WO1) and then you MAY be selected as a Late Entry officer. You will be into your forties when this happens, and due to your age it is unlikely that you would get much past Major.

This relies on you being really awesome. The skills that make you a good RSM are not the same skills that make you a good senior officer, and the role is totally different, so you'd have to be an all-rounder. Besides, LE officers go from a position of great respect as a holder of the Queen's warrant to just another one-pip wonder (albeit one with plenty of experience).
 
#4
Bravo_Zulu said:
If you join as a Private and aren't selected as Potential Officer Material, then to be commissioned you would have to work your way up the NCO ranks first (L/cpl, cpl, sgt, S/sgt, WO2, WO1) and then you MAY be selected as a Late Entry officer. You will be into your forties when this happens, and due to your age it is unlikely that you would get much past Major.

This relies on you being really awesome. The skills that make you a good RSM are not the same skills that make you a good senior officer, and the role is totally different, so you'd have to be an all-rounder. Besides, LE officers go from a position of great respect as a holder of the Queen's warrant to just another one-pip wonder (albeit one with plenty of experience).
But they don't do they?

They go straight to Captain.
 
B

Biscuits_AB

Guest
#5
TOONarmySOLDIER said:
Guys maybe this is a stupid question but here goes... (if it is sorry beforehand)

Can you build your way up all the ranks from joining as a regular soldier i.e. Colonel etc, or do you have to join as an officer to reach those higher ranks?

Just been wondering this for a while, i've seen Warrant Officer Classes 1 and 2 etc...

Thanks
Are you on the square?
 
#8
Cheers guys :) ...now I know what LE means :lol:

Well I don't agree that people should join straight away as officers because they have a few A-Levels or whatever, I am a firm believer in you work your way up the ranks honestly and on soldiering(?) merit, but this is how the structure is and it works for the Army so that's that I suppose and it won't change.
 

Latest Threads