IT Jobs in the Army
The British Army work with some of the most sophisticated and cutting-edge technology in the world to help combat, defend and secure the safety of the nation.
Communications and IT jobs in the Army play an important role in providing the intelligence and information required to carry out decisions, plan strategies and protect the front line and security back home too. From pinpointing enemy decisions and relaying secure messages to handling classified materials, a job role in IT could keep the Army connected, safe and secure.
“I wanted a trade that would give me qualifications for when I leave the Army. I’ve been challenged throughout my career, and no day is the same.” – Lance Corporal Lloyd Cromar, Signals Installation Technician.
Here is a selection of the possible IT job roles in the Army:
Geographic Support Technician
A Geographic Support Technician produces vital information that allows commanders to understand their area and surroundings to plan missions effectively. Geographic data is put together and managed from a variety of sources using advanced technology and geographic information systems.
Communications Systems Operator
The role of a Communications Systems Operator is to ensure that the communications network is working efficiently and correctly for soldiers and commanders on the battlefield. This would include carrying out vulnerability assessments and learning computer forensics to track any unauthorised access to the Army’s systems.
Signals Installation Technician
A Signals Installation Technician will install, maintain and repair telephone systems and fibre optic networks. They work closely with cable infrastructures and local area networks as well as closed-circuit television and video conferencing systems.
Intelligence Operatives are experts in operational and counterintelligence, which are two disciplines at the heart of the Intelligence Corps. Requirements include gathering information on the enemy whilst maintaining their own cover. Intelligence is sourced using a variety of methods, including the expected satellite pictures, spy plane photos, intercepted radio signals and tip-offs.
Like other organisations and companies, the Army will need financial, administrative and IT skills required to work with budgets, payroll, management and other admin duties. Someone in HR may provide human resources administration and financial support to all members of the unit.
Salary of IT Jobs in the Army
Regular soldiers’ salaries start from just over £18,000 with specialist IT and trade roles providing extra pay depending on roles and responsibilities. Salaries increase annually too.
Qualifications for IT jobs in the Army tend to require a GCSE grade C in English Language, Maths and sometimes three other academic subjects. Some specialist roles may require a relevant degree or diploma if you’re considering Officer entry.
You’ll also need to pass all the standard medical, fitness and eligibility tests.