British Army Late Entry Officer Process to be Centralised

The process for applying for a late entry (LE) commission as a Regular has been changed.

Would-be officers will now attend a centralised senior soldier assessment board (SSAB) instead of cap badges running separate events.

The first SSAB will be held in August at the Royal Military Academy Sandhurst and a virtual briefing will take place in the spring to inform candidates of the format and to aid their preparation.

However, the ultimate decision on whom to offer a commission will still rest with individual cap badges.

The overhaul comes after programme Castle identified that a standardised approach would provide more consistency and better transparency.

The route for Reserve commissions is still under review.


Soldier. (2021) Late Entry Officer Process Centralised. Soldier: Magazine of the British Army. January 2021, pp.18.


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