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How do I join?

Joining the Army Reserve could be the best decision you ever make. It's also a big one, so you're bound to have lots of questions.

If you're interested in joining us, follow these steps:

JOIN 6 SCOTS

6 SCOTS is one of Scotland’s Army Reserve Infantry units within The Royal Regiment of Scotland and have 7 Army reserve centres across Scotland, located in Glasgow, Motherwell, Ayr, Dumfries, Edinburgh, Galashiels and Bathgate.

If you are interested in more information about joining us contact us on 0141 224 5453 (09:00hrs – 17:00hrs) or mobile 07795 060737 (out of office hours) and ask to speak to a member of the 6 SCOTS recruiting team, alternatively walk into your local Army Reserve Centre for information. 6 SCOTS weekly training night is a Tuesday from 19:30hrs – 21:30hrs this would be the best time for you to come and visit as you will get to meet the soldiers and see them training, alternatively the centres are manned by staff Monday – Friday each weekday.

We will welcome you in for a visit to our Army Reserve Centre for an informal chat and give you more information about joining and answer any questions you may have. If you are still interested at this point we will take some of your details and direct you to your next step.

Step 1

Start an online application (click here to apply online) and when asked to choose a Unit, select '6 SCOTS'. We would then be your sponsor unit and continue to assist you throughout the process. We will be available to assist you in the online application. You will then be contacted by the National Recruiting Centre NRC and you will be sent a medical questionnaire which you will have to arrange to be delivered to your GP. The NRC will then inform you of what to do next, this will be to arrange your next step.
Step 2

Interview

The interview will take place at your choice of Army Reserve Centre. This will help us to assess your suitability for the Army Reserve and give you the chance to ask any further questions you may have. You will also be asked about your running and upper body fitness, this is to prepare candidates for upcoming selection in order to improve chances of succeeding. If your fitness is something you are worried about then don’t as we can at this stage arrange for you to be sent on a Physical Development Assessment day and provide advice before you attend the selection centre.

Selection

This is a 2 day event in Glencorse Barracks, Edinburgh and payment for travel to / from will be provided. During the selection process you will be required to carry out the following:
  • Icebreaker (A chat about yourself for 5 minutes)
  • 1½ mile (2.4km) run within 12 minutes 45 seconds (males) 14 minutes (females)
  • Carry 2x 20 kilogram Water jerry cans for 120 metres (males) 60 metres (females)
  • Lift up to a 40 kilogram (male) / 20 kilograms (females) power bag up to 1.4 metres
  • Conduct a Medical examination.
You will also be required to complete a British Army Recruiting Battery (BARB); this is an aptitude assessment before you have a final brief and interview. When you are successful on your selection you will then be put forward for Attestation.

Attestation

When you are successful on your selection you will swear an oath of allegiance to the Queen. This is the final stage of the recruiting procedure, after which you then become a member of the Army Reserve and sign your contract. You will then be given £300 on attestation.

 Step 3 (Training)

From the point after attestation you are now a member of Walcheren Platoon (which is 6 SCOTS recruit training platoon) and will be classed as a Recruit under Training (RUT). You will be issued with your clothing and equipment and also conduct pre-training to prepare you to be booked onto and begin your Army Reserve recruit training which is conducted in the following phases:

Phase 1 Alpha

This is either 4 weekends or a 7-day consolidated course at Redford Barracks in Edinburgh or another Army Training Unit in the United Kingdom. The course is designed to teach the basics of being a soldier and subjects include physical fitness, weapons handling and field craft being the main focus, but you will also be taught drill, first aid and basic map reading.

Phase 1 Bravo

A two week consolidated course at Redford Barracks in Edinburgh or another Army Training Unit in the United Kingdom continuing and enhancing the training carried out in Phase 1 Alpha. On completion of this phase you are now classed as a trained soldier. At this stage you are entitled to a cash incentive of £1000.

Combat Infantryman Course

If the trade you have chosen is the Infantry then you will attend a two week residential course which, for the Infantry, is conducted at the Infantry Training Centre, Catterick Garrison, North Yorkshire by Regular Infantry instructors. This is a continuation of the training undertaken so far with additional military topics introduced by instructors. You will not be tested on anything you have not been taught but be prepared to work hard. On successful completion, you will return to your unit as a trained Combat Infantryman within the Army Reserve. At this stage you are entitled to an additional cash incentive of £1000.

Chef

If the trade you chose within the unit is to train as a chef there is a 2 week residential course that is run at Princes Royal Barracks, Deepcut, Camberley by regular Royal Logistic Corps Instructors. On successful completion, you will return to your unit as a trained Army Reserve chef. At this stage you are entitled to an additional cash incentive of £1000.

Combat Medical Technician (CMT)

If the trade you chose within the unit is to train as a combat medical technician then there is a 2 week residential course that is run at Whittington barracks, Litchfield by Defence Medical Services Instructors. On successful completion, you will return to your unit as a trained Combat Medical Technician (CMT) class 3 with in the Army Reserve. At this stage you are entitled to an additional cash incentive of £1000.

Continuation Training and Opportunities

Once you are a trained specialist within the unit the training does not stop there, the Army Reserve offer plenty opportunities for you to master your trade and progress with qualifications such as driver training, signals and also promotion courses as well as prospects of attachments to the Regular Army on EXERCISES and/or OPERATIONS. 6 SCOTS will also offer you the chance of participating in sporting activities including football, golf and road cycling; with the additional offer of Adventure Training (AT) such as climbing, kayaking and mountain biking.

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