Taking a gap year before going on to university has been a rite of passage for many teenagers for decades.
It’s not hard to see why: having a break from education is an opportunity to travel, explore different cultures and even learn something about yourself. For some, though, it simply isn’t feasible – one survey found that around a fifth of students could not afford to take a year out. However that doesn’t mean the option has to close.
The Army offers a Gap Year Commission, which includes eight weeks of training at the Royal Military Academy Sandhurst, followed by a year spent managing soldiers, gaining skills and getting the chance to take on adventurous training, like mountaineering, pictured here. Best of all, you’ll be paid around £18,000.
You can then go on to complete Officer training, take up a place as a Reserve, or just complete your regular university studies – and no one else at freshers’ week will have just had a year like yours.
For more information, visit army.mod.uk/GYC