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Use In Your Area to find out what local units may be available for you to join, as well as role finder to help you choose what roles may be suitable for you. You will need to check with your preferred unit what roles they have available. Create an online account so you can fill in and submit your application (it should only take a couple of minutes). If you have any questions at all, chat to our Advisers on Live Chat or pop in to an Army Careers Centre.
Once your application has been received and your basic eligibility assessed, you’ll be sent a link to complete an online form about your general health.
If you’re medically fit you will be assigned to a Candidate Support Manager (CSM) who will guide you through the recruitment process. At this stage you will also be invited to a Face to Face chat at your chosen and most suitable unit. This lets you ask questions and allows the unit’s recruiting team to see if you are suitable for the Army Reserve. This is important because it also allows you to ensure that the unit is right for you. If you have not yet chosen a job preference the unit will be able to tell you about what is available to you.
The recruiting team will identify what training and development you require to be ready for the next stage of the application process.
If you meet eligibility requirements and have completed your training and development set by your unit, you’ll be invited to spend 2 days at the Assessment Centre.
Here, you’ll do physical and mental tests to judge your fitness and soldier potential, plus have a medical examination. If you pass and have taken all the required documentation with you, you’ll be offered the chance to enlist into the Army Reserves.
You'll need to complete pre-employment checks, which involve filling out security forms and completing final medical checks which involve your Doctor sending us information about your medical background.
Once you have been enlisted and your medical checks have been completed you will be booked to start your initial training to learn the basic soldier skills.
You don’t have to do all the training at once. It can be completed in shorter modules or in one go. Further training also takes place in your spare time. It can take weeks or months depending on your role, course and how much time you can give.
Drill nights at your unit will allow them to give you advice and support.
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.
Lots of people worry about whether they’re fit enough to join up. Or about how they will do in the interviews and selection tests. You don’t need to be anxious, we'll help you to get ready for all the tests.
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