FAQ

Never a dull moment

Some of the most commonly asked question are shown below, if you cannot find the information you are after call/e-mail one of the TA centres or the Battalion recruiting officer, they would be happy to help.

1.      What Is The Commitment For Training?
2.      Can I Leave At Any Time?
3.      Do I Have A Choice In The Job That I Do?
4.      How Much Will I Get Paid?
5.      How Fit Do I Have To Be?
6.      What Are The Age Limits?
7.      Will I Be Able To Learn To Drive?
8.      Will I Be Called Up?
9.      If I Am Called Up Will My Civilian Job Be Protected?
10.   Do I Have To Inform My Employer That I Am Joining The TA?
11.   What Would I Be Expected To Do If I Joined The TA?
12.   What If I Have A Civil Conviction?
13.  Do I Need a British Passport?
14.   What Are The Opportunities For Foreign Travel?
15.   Are There Opportunities To Serve With Regular Soldiers Abroad?

A1. What Is The Commitment For Training?

 That depends on how much time you can afford to give to it, but to become a trained Volunteer in the Infantry and to gain your annual financial bonus you will need to do a minimum of 27 days in a year. This would normally comprise of a two week camp , about 6-8 weekends a year and a number of training nights which take place on one night a week.

A2. Can I Leave At Any Time?

 You will sign on for an initial period of 3 years. However, non-attendance for a period of time will signal that you are no longer interested in being a member and you could be discharged as a result. You can apply to leave at any time but there is no point in joining if you lack determination and commitment.

 Click here to go to top of page

A3. Do I Have A Choice In The Job That I Do?

That depends on where you live and how far you are willing to travel. There are a wide range of jobs available in 4 MERCIAN spread across the heart of England. The following jobs are available at all of our locations:
Infantryman, Driver, Clerk, Chef, Medic, Signaller, Storeman. The following specialist jobs are location specific: Mortarman – B Company Stockport Anti-Tank Platoon – F Company Wolverhampton Medium Machine Gunner – F Company Burton-On-Trent Assault Pioneer – F Company Kidderminster and C Company Mansfield. Signaller, Medic, Chef, Clerk - HQ Coy Wolverhampton. Driver, Mechanic - HQ Coy Wolverhampton .

A4. How Much Will I Get Paid?

You are paid the same basic rate of pay as a regular soldier for every day you take part in military training. On successfully completing your annual training requirements you will also be eligible for a tax-free financial bonus, to find out how much see the pay and bounty page. Your pay will also increase with service and promotion and you will be eligible for some travel expenses. Click here to see current rates of pay.

A5. How Fit Do I Have To Be?

There are standards to be met but provided you are reasonably fit and prepared to make the effort there will be no problem. The Battalion will help you develop your fitness throughout your training but the onus is on you to get fit and then maintain the standard. Click here to download the TA Basic Physical Fitness Assessment (BPFA) guide.

 Click here to go to top of page

A6. What Are The Age Limits?

 17 is the lower age limit for joining; the upper limit is determined very much by what you have to offer, for soldiers this is now 43 and 35 for officers. There are exceptions to the upper age limit for those with certain specialist skills or previous military experience. Click here to find out more.

A7. Will I Be Able To Learn To Drive?

 There will probably be an opportunity to learn to drive at some point. If you already have a basic licence there may be opportunities to add to it with HGV for example.

A8. Will I Be Called Up?

The mere fact that you join the TA signifies that you are prepared to serve your Country. We can compulsorily mobilise you although this is not something we take lightly. There are also opportunities to volunteer to be mobilised as an individual and it may surprise you to know that about one-tenth of our Forces during the Bosnia/Kosovo period have been Territorial Army or Individual Reservists.

A9. If I Am Called Up Will My Civilian Job Be Protected?

 If you are compulsorily mobilised there are procedures for you to follow to protect your job (see the Employer Support page for more information). You would not expect to be able to disappear from your workplace without mention of what you were doing and expect your job to be held for you. If you volunteer for an attachment to the regular army then this is generally in agreement with your civilian employer.

A10. Do I Have To Inform My Employer That I Am Joining The TA?

 From April 1st 2004, all new members joining the TA, on completion of their Phase 1 Basic Training, will be expected to inform their employer accordingly either personally or through their unit. This process, which is called Employer Notification, has been adopted because it is important for all concerned - you, your employer and the MOD - that your employer is supportive and aware of the associated benefits, rights and obligations of employing a member of the TA. Many employers support the Reserve Forces and will give additional annual holiday for you to attend your annual TA camp. More details can be found on the Employer Support page.

 Click here to go to top of page

A11. What Would I Be Expected To Do If I Joined The TA?

You will be expected to train in military and specialist skills, some of which can be of use in your civilian life. It is not all military training and you will have the opportunity to take part in other activities such as adventure training, sports, parades and social activities.  Look on the Commitments page to find out more.

A12. What If I Have A Civil Conviction?

This really depends on what the conviction is for; how long ago etc. Go and ask at your local TA Centre.

A13. Do I Need a British Passport?

 To join the Territorial Army you must hold either a British Passport or be a Commonwealth Citizen with a UK residence permit and are expected to be resident in the UK  for the 3 year term of engagement. A citizen of the Republic of Ireland by birth may also join subject to additional security enquiries.

A14. What Are The Opportunities For Foreign Travel?

There are excellent opportunities, members of the Battalion have been every where you see the regular Army, during the last few years we have had soldiers in Jamaica, Cyprus, Iraq, Germany, America, France, Afghanistan and the list go

A15. Are There Opportunities To Serve With Regular Soldiers Abroad?

 Yes, there will be opportunities to serve on operations and on training exercises. Much depends on the skill(s) that you have to offer and time.  4 MERCIAN have soldier away with the Regular Army almost all the time, look at the Operations page to find out more.
  Click here to go to top of page   Click here to go to Homepage

01 Image media player 8536