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Pay and allowances

Join the Army as a Reservist and you'll put more money in your pocket. You'll be paid for every training session that you attend, travel to your unit is subsidised and all your kit is free. Whether you're looking for a second income or are saving for something extra, it's a great way to give your finances a boost.

Learn about the rewards of life in the Army Reserve

Life as a Reservist is challenging - but there are plenty of rewards as well. You get a real sense of friendship in your unit, you’re paid well and will have the chance to take part in adventurous sports.

Financial incentives

There are new financial incentives available to you, when you join the Army Reserve of up to £10,000 for ex-Regulars, and £2,300 for new entrants.



Reservist pay

As an Army Reserve soldier, you get paid for each quarter day of training. The pay scale that you’ll be on is based on what a Regular soldier with the same job and rank would get. So as a new soldier recruit, you get £36.38 for a full day, but this rises to £45.06 when you finish basic training. As a newly commissioned officer you will get £63.32 a day. All pay increases as you get promoted and gain experience. This increases as you get promoted and gain experience.
TA soldier doing her day job


Depending on the unit you join, your minimum training commitment could be 19 or 27 days a year. If you meet this commitment, you get a tax-free lump sum called a bounty. This increases each year that you serve as a Reservist. In your first year, it's £424, but after five years you'll receive an extra £1674. As well as the bounty, there are also subsidies that will pay for food while you're on duty and travel to the unit.
soldier in canteen

HM Forces Railcard

All volunteer reserves, their partners and their children are now eligible for the HM Forces Railcard. This costs £15 and offers a 34 per cent discount on rail travel throughout Great Britain for a whole year, helping to make off-duty travel more affordable.
Reservist soldiers

Like adventurous sports, travel and improving your fitness? We're waiting to hear from you.

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