Background into Army Reserves
What does joining the Army Reserve entail?
After inquiring at the army careers centre you will be required to attend an assessment weekend. Here you must complete a medical, basic fitness test and a psychometric test to assess your train-ability.
On completion of the assessment weekend you will begin training as an army reserve. This is conducted in a modular basics over 9 alternate weekends. The next phase is a two week camp where you will be tested on the skills you have learnt. On completion of this you will be a fully trained Army Reservist.
You receive Reserve Recruitment bonuses at each of these phases.
What is your time responsibilities as a fully trained Army Reservist?
There is a training evening every week. In Bournemouth this is in a Tuesday night from 1930 to 2130 at the Army Reserve Centre on the Wallisdown Road. Additionally there are training weekends approximately once a month. This may include live firing on a range or field skills.
You can attend as often or as little as suits you but only get paid for days your there. Also you will sign up to a contract committing you to a certain number of days and are only entitled to receive your commitment bonus if you meet the set number of days.
This will depend on your contract at the start but can be 27 days.
Do you work with the regular army?
Increasingly the army reserves is playing a large role in defence. You will be integrated into the regular army either as an individual or part of your unit. You will deploy on overseas exercises and operational tours such as Operation Herrick in Afghanistan. You could expect to be deployed operationally once in a 5 year period.