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Recruitment Process

Most of the Army’s recruitment process is now carried out online. The best way to navigate the online forms to register your interest or complete an application is to talk to someone in our Recruiting Teams (Ayr, Belfast, Cupar and Edinburgh – details on the Get in Touch tab to the left). You can also come in and complete this process using our computers and we will help you with filling the various forms out as well as give you advice and guidance on the application process.

New Entrant 

If you have never been in the Regular or Reserve Forces before you are a ‘New Entrant’. The overall process is set out in the Information Library, but if you want to join the Scottish & North Irish Yeomanry you can put this as your preference on your application form. To complete the application you will need your - Contact details, Passport information, Education details, Doctor's name and surgery address. On the Application Form please click on the tab at the top which says ‘Your Army Job’. In the role preference click on ‘Combat’ and in the Reserve Unit Preference type ‘SNIY’. This transfers your application to our account so we can start looking after your application straight away.

Regular Rejoiner

This is split in to 3 categories. Rejoiner who has been out less than 1 year / Rejoiner who has been out between 1 and 6 years / Rejoiner who has been out more than 6 years.

  • If you have been out less than 1 year and your medical documentation is in order you can be fast-tracked. You should start the application process as per the New Entrant above, but will be loaded to a med only day at an Assessment Centre. On successful completion of this, and depending on whether your Prior Service Checks have been completed, you will then be re-enlisted at the Assessment Centre or back in the unit. You will then join the Unit as a trained soldier and start training with the Squadron.
  • If you have been out of the Army between 1 and 6 years you will have to complete the application process as above. In addition to the Prior Service Checks you will also have to get a Recruiting Group Medical Declaration (RGMD) completed by your GP. You will be loaded to a med only day at the Assessment Centre, and depending on whether your RGMD has been completed, you will then be re-enlisted at the Assessment Centre or back in the unit. You will then join the Unit as a trained soldier and start training with the Squadron.
  • If you have been out of the Army more than 6 years you will go through the process as per a ‘New Entrant’ above. This may include redoing Phase 1 & Phase 2 training, although authority to waiver this can be sought by this unit.

Regular to Reserve Transfers

Note: it is a lot easier to transfer directly to the Reserve (and we can give you time off as appropriate to settle into a civilian career) than rejoin at a later date.

There are now mandatory Regular Service Leaver visits to Reserve Units, where you will be invited to come to our unit to visit the Army Reserve Centre (ARC), receive a number of briefs, talk to the key personalities and take part in some training. To start this process speak to your CMO and tell them that you would like to visit the Scottish & North Irish Yeomanry. A list of Reserve Familiarisation Visit dates are detailed on the 51X MOSS page accessed via DII. Get in touch with the SNIY RCMO direct on 0131 3105306, SNIY-RHQ-RCMO@mod.uk or your CMO can advise you how to book a visit to one of our sub-units, by following the link on the right of this page and downloading the JIs. Your CMO will complete the transfer paperwork with you. This is a simple transfer process and you will join the Unit as a trained soldier and start training with the Squadron after you finish Regular service. We will provide WMIK, Gunnery and Signals training as appropriate for your role.

Reserve to Reserve Transfers

If you are interested in transferring to the SNIY speak to your RCMO in the first instance. They can complete the transfer paperwork with you. This is a simple transfer process and you will then join the Unit as a trained soldier and start training with the Squadron. We will provide WMIK, Gunnery and Signals training as appropriate to up-skill you to this role.

Find out, step by step, the process of joining as a reserve soldier.

Find out, step by step, the process of joining as a reserve officer.

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