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Process for Reserve Soldier

There are 4 steps that you have to complete before you can become an Army Reserve soldier.

Step 1 - Getting started

Have a look at roles that interest you, create an online account and then fill in an application.

Finding a role
You can use our role finder to find out more about opportunities available in the Regular and Reserves and what kind of role would be suited to you.

If you want to know more or you have a question that you can’t find the answer to on our site, then chat to one of our online Advisers on Live Chat or come in to an Army Careers Centre. If you need any help with completing your application, you can drop into your local Reserve Unit for advice.

Medical Questionnaires
Once your application has been received and your basic eligibility assessed, you will be sent a link to complete a medical questionnaire online.

Step 2 - Interview

If you are medically fit, you will be appointed a Candidate Support Manager (CSM) in the National Recruiting Centre (NRC).

Initial Interviews
Once you’ve found a role within the unit you want to join, it’s time for an interview with your Careers Adviser. They’ll check that you’re ready to start the selection process and explain the next stage to you.

Initial assessments
To make sure you're given the best advice, you'll need to do some basic numeracy, literacy and reasoning tests. Try some sample questions.

Step 3 - Assessment

You will attend an Assessment Centre and complete a 2 day assessment that includes a full medical assessment.

Providing you meet all the standards required and your medical report is fine, you will be invited to attend one of the Assessment Centres (ACs). Here you will be assessed over a 2 day period to show your potential to be a soldier. You will also undertake an Army medical to make sure you are healthy and able to start Phase 1 training.

Pre-Employment Checks
Before your offer of employment can be confirmed, you will need to complete some security forms and your doctor will be required to provide information to the Army. It is important that you action all requests promptly and pass requests to your doctor as necessary.

Step 4 - Training

Once your offer of employment is confirmed, you will be able to take your place at initial training where you learn basic soldier skills followed by trade training that will depend on your role. There are options to complete your training in modules or in a consolidated package depending on your individual circumstances.

Subsequent training also takes place in your spare time. It can take weeks or months depending on your choice of role, the course you choose and how much time you can devote to it.

Your Local Army Reserve Unit

Throughout the process your local Army Reserve unit will provide mentoring, advice and support through attendance at regular drill nights.

Professionally Qualified Soldiers

To join the Army Reserve as a Professionally Qualified Soldier you will need to be either a qualified healthcare professional, in the final year of qualification or undergoing training in the NHS.

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