Think joining the British Armed Forces means you’ll be serving on the front line? Think again! The British Armed Forces relies on a wide set of skills from a diverse range of people to function – and there’s a job for virtually every kind of person within the Armed Forces.
So, no matter what you’re great at, there’ll be an opportunity for you to help protect your country. Here’s a list of 7 jobs you might not have thought about:
As an RAF firefighter, you’ll be deployed around the UK and abroad to fight fires that may involve aircrafts, buildings, vehicles and even harmful substances. Firefighters in the Armed Forces don’t just fight fires, they prevent them. They perform inspections to reduce the risk of fire, provide first aid to accident victims and respond to hazardous spillages.
You’ll travel the world offering life-saving support to your fellow servicemen, as well as saving lives on a daily basis.
Photographers in the Armed Forces have an incredibly important job. Their responsibilities include capturing video and stills of homecoming parades, ceremonial events, overseas operations and intelligence-gathering missions.
One of the army’s 39 professionally trained photographers, Sergeant Steve Hughes, said “Within a month of being here, I’ve photographed most of the Royal Family, a lot of MPs and celebrities, and I hadn’t done any of that in the previous six years of being a photographer.”
If you’ve got a creative eye and want to serve your country, then the Armed Forces may well need you as a photographer.
If you’re a talented musician and also committed to the defence of your country, being a musician in the Armed Forces may be the career path for you. Musicians in the Armed Forces are paid to perform at high-profile events both in the UK and all over the world. You would be required to play anything from marching music to jazz and blues.
Lance Corporal Lawrence has been a musician in the Armed Forces for 12 years. Hear what he had to say.
Being a diver in Royal Navy is one of the most adventurous and physically demanding jobs in the Armed Forces. Divers travel the world on Royal Navy vessels as bomb disposal experts. When unmanned machines can’t dispose of an underwater bomb or a mine, that’s when the divers step in. If you’re fit, adventurous and enjoy solving problems under pressure, then you might have what it takes to be an underwater bomb disposal expert.
Carpentry is a huge part of the Army’s work. Army carpenters receive first-class training in everything from using workshop machinery, working from drawings and preparing timber. In this job, your skills will be in high-demand and you’ll be tasked on exciting building jobs all around the world.
If you are handy with a toolbelt and you have no problem with heights, then a career as a carpenter or joiner in the British Armed Forces may be the one for you.
Making sure the army is fed properly is one of the most important jobs in the military. As a chef in the Armed Forces, you’ll be expected to cook for everyone from the newest recruits to the highest military commanders. You’ll be providing healthy food wherever you are, whatever the conditions – forget the heat of the kitchen, we’re talking about cooking in a desert or even a jungle!
If you’ve got a passion for food and a desire to travel the world, then you should consider being an Armed Forces chef.
The RAF relies heavily on defence intelligence. Linguists in the RAF perform the crucial role of translating foreign languages from intercepted radio waves. Linguists translate transmissions from all over the world which helps the RAF to monitor an enemy’s strengths and weaknesses.
This exciting and cutting-edge job is ideal for you if you’re an adventurous linguist who wants to use your language skills to promote peace and justice around the globe.
Have we piqued your interest? You can find out more about a career in the Armed Forces by visiting: www.army.mod.uk/careers/.