With a commitment of as little as 19 days per year you can fit more adventure into your life at the 'Army Reserve'.

It takes lots of different trades to run the Army, there are many jobs to choose from, all with opportunities to travel and train that fit around your day job  - you'll be paid for the time you spend and gain skills and qualifications that will help you in your every day life too.


"Being an Army Reserve has made me more confident and fitter, it has opened up so many opportunities and I have made some really good friends"


How much time will it take?

How much time you spend is really up to you - training is flexible and can fit around your life.

Most Reservists do their training in the evenings and at weekends, at a time to suit them and their lifestyle. To earn your annual bonus you'll need to do at least 19 days or 27 days of training, depending on the unit you join.

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What will I be doing?

Army Reserve soldiers get involved in everything the Regular Army does from combat, peacekeeping, humanitarian work and supporting your local community.

You'll do lots of different activities with other Reservists and Regulars, both locally and further afield. Everybody who joins us is first and foremost a soldier, but you’ll also be trained in other skills. Our roles cover things like engineering and communications, music and medicine - which you might also do as part of your day job. Training will help you to develop in areas like leadership and teamwork.

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Can I serve near my home?

Yes - there are Army Reserve Units right across the UK. If you want to join in a more specialist role, you might need to travel to a unit that’s not local to you.

Our regional units recruit for lots of different jobs, from drivers to chefs, mechanics to infantry soldiers, and you’ll work and train at a local Army Reserve unit. Our national Army Reserve units do more specialist work - think medical, engineering, intelligence and communications roles. If you need to travel, your expenses will be paid.

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What will I get for joining?

We offer all sorts of benefits and you’ll get paid for the time that you spend with your unit.

Your daily pay will go up with each promotion. We offer financial incentives, a tax-free annual bonus, a non-contributory pension and paid holiday – for every 10 days you spend in training, you’ll get one day of paid holiday. There are opportunities to train in places like California or Kenya, and you can earn new qualifications with us too. There’s even a joining incentive of up to £2,300.

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What will my employer think?

Most employers are very positive about Army Reserve service and have supportive HR policies.

Being in the Army Reserve won't put your job at risk but it's important that you tell your employer if you’ve joined. Many people find they develop leadership and management skills, which improve their job prospects.

Who can join?

People who join the Army Reserve come from all kinds of backgrounds – but we do have to look at things like your health, fitness and nationality.

You’ll need to meet our nationality requirements and can apply when you're 17 years and 9 months - ready to start when you turn 18. You can join until the day before your 50th birthday. There are higher age limits for some specialist roles. Being in the Army as a Reservist is an active role. We need to make sure that you’re fit and healthy, so you’ll need to pass medical and fitness tests before you join. We can offer support and help in getting you ready to join.

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How do I join?

If you’re ready to apply, fill out your application online. Want to find out if the Army Reserve is right for you? Get in touch with your local unit or Army Careers Centre - they'll be really happy to chat.

After you get in touch, you’ll be invited along to your local unit so you can meet serving soldiers and get a taste of what it's really like to be a Reservist. They'll also be able to help you with your application.

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How do I join the Army Reserve?

Can I leave if I don't like it?

We're really confident that you'll enjoy life as a Reservist, but you'll be free to leave at any point.

You can leave at any point - as long as you’re not on operations at the time. So if you decide that the Army isn't for you, or your life changes and you can no longer give the same amount of time, all you need to do is tell your unit. They'll check that you really do want to leave and explain what you need to do.

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Can I join full-time?

There’s always the option of making the Army a full-time career by joining as a regular soldier.

As a regular soldier, you'll work on military bases, either in the UK or overseas. Unless you're away on operations or training exercises you'll normally work 9 to 5, Monday to Friday. You'll get 38 paid days off a year. And if you are deployed on operations, you'll normally be away for around six months. When you get back, you'll get extra time off in addition to your normal days off.

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The Army is different from most jobs. The people you work alongside aren’t just your colleagues, they’re your best mates. And you don’t just get brilliant training and support, you get somewhere to call home.