Working in the armed forces
The Royal Navy (including the Royal Marines), the British Army and the Royal Air Force (RAF) are all uniformed services.
They defend the UK both here and overseas. The Royal Navy is based in and around the sea and many RAF operations are in the air, while the British Army is mainly land-based. There are a range of jobs in each of the services. Some are similar to civilian jobs, such as chef, mechanic, driver or nurse. Others are specific to the uniformed services, such as weapons technician, infantry soldier or tank crew. You can join the armed forces for a short time (three to five years), do an apprenticeship and leave with qualifications that you can use anywhere.