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REME Army Reserve

The Royal Electrical and Mechanical Engineers (REME) are supported by the Army Reserve (formerly known as the Territorial Army (TA)). REME Army Reserve Officers and Soldiers partake in similar training and train to join similar trade groups and when they deploy overseas on Operations are fully integrated with Regular REME soldiers.

There are some obvious differences; REME Army Reserve is a part-time commitment. Dependant on your day-to-day job you can decide to commit to either 27 days (Called Regional Army Reserve  or 19 days (Called National Army Reserve).

When you attend training camps, weekends and evenings you receive the same pay as your Regular counter part.

Contact us

There are a range of opportunities on offer in REME Army Reserve. If you need further advice or any questions then help is at hand.

Tel: 0845 600 8080
Find out more about the joining process

Army Reserve recruiting information

Nationally recruited Army Reserve

Nationally Recruited Army Reserve soldiers have a lower commitment of 19 days per year and are as the title suggests recruited from across the entire Country.

Those from the lower half of the Country are posted to 103 Battalion REME, the upper half are posted to 102 Battalion REME. Anyone from the midlands can go to either Battalion or to a small number of units within the Grantham area.

To be able to join as a Nationally Recruited Army Reserve soldier you need to be vocationally qualified or experienced tradesman or woman in the role you wish to apply for. The reason for this is the 19 days training is when we teach you the basic military skills you require to function as a tradesman in a military environment.

The 19 days training is broken down into two training weekends and 15 day deployment exercise. You will get paid for the days you do and if you pass all your mandatory annual training tests you will qualify for a Tax Free Training Bounty of up to £1560.

Regionally recruited Army Reserve

Regionally Recruited Army Reserve soldiers have a minimum commitment of 28 days and generally live locally to the Army Reserve unit. The greater commitment gives Regionally Recruited Army Reserve more opportunity to train and therefore previous experience and vocational skills are not a pre-requisite to joining.

The 28 days training commitment is spread over Training Nights, Training Weekends and a 15 day Deployment Exercise. The training will be both Military and Trade to ensure that you can perform as a competant tradesman or woman in a military environment.

You will get paid for the days you do and if you pass all your mandatory annual training tests you will qualify for a Tax Free Training Bounty of up to £1560.

What's in it for me?

Being a member of the REME Army Reserve is not hard work all the time and has many benefits.


You get paid a daily rate or fraction of, for each training session you attend. Daily rates of pay are the same as those of regular soldiers except for a reduced amount of X factor.

Travelling Expenses - You will receive travelling expenses for each journey that you make to a training session.

Training Bounty - After you complete your training commitment and passed your annual training tests you will be paid a tax free bounty.


It goes without saying that the training you will receive to become a soldier will be full of adventure. Throughout your time with the Army Reserve you will continue to receive training that will test you and get the opportunity to take part in adventurous training such as climbing, sailing, canoeing and skiing.


You will be given the opportunity to travel, in the last year we have deployed soldiers as far a field as Brunei and Belize.

Life Skills

As a REME Reservist you will be constantly training. Through that training you will gain new skills, broaden your horizons and grow in confidence. Some of the skills you will learn are directly transferable to civilian life such as first aid training but others will be less obvious. These little improvements in your confidence and abilities will enable you to take life's challenges in your stride.

Driving Licence

If the job you do in the Reserve requires you have a driving licence we will pay you to gain that licence. You could find yourself with a full C+E licence and be able to drive the biggest trucks on the road.


You will meet many new people from many different walks of life, you will share experiences with them and in time they will become firm friends who you know you can rely on and trust.

What's in it for my employer?

Benefits to the employer

Training and serving in the Reserve Forces enables people to develop skills and qualities that can be transferred directly to the workplace. Teamwork, self-confidence, leadership qualities and experience of other cultures are skills and qualities that many Reservists develop - skills and qualities that are highly prized by employers.

Training in first aid and health and safety makes Reservists quick to respond when an accident happens at work. Weapons drill and parade drill develop precision, co-ordination and accuracy - useful skills for anyone using expensive machinery or technology in their civilian career.

Learning the skills that the military uses in the field develops resourcefulness, perseverance and the ability to improvise in unfamiliar or difficult circumstances. Attributes such as organisational loyalty, reliability, integrity and confidence are less easy to measure but, thanks to their training and practical experience, Reservists have them in abundance.

All Reservists are given the chance to train in adventurous activities. The Armed Forces place a high value on such activities because they are character-building and help develop fitness, self-confidence, determination and perseverance. They also teach individuals how to lead or work within a team, solve problems, communicate, present ideas and organise a complex event or process.


Mobilisation is the process of calling Reservists into full-time service to support military operations. All members of the Reserve Forces are committed to the possibility of mobilisation if required, under the provisions of the Reserve Forces Act 1996.

For more detaied informaton on how this affects you as an employee follow the link on the right to SaBRE's website.

Army Reserve units

REME Army Reserve battalions

Like the regular REME battalions, a Army Reserve battalion is made up of predominantly REME officers and soldiers; they also contain all the various trades that REME Army Reserve has to offer.

The Army Reserve battalion is divided up into sections called companies but unlike the regular REME battalions, a Army Reserve company is not in the same place as their other companies. This makes it easier to travel to.

101 Battalion

101 Force Support Battalion REME is one of the largest battalions in the Corps of REME.

102 Battalion

102 Battalion REME is the Army Reserve's professional engineers in the North of England and Scotland.

103 Battalion

103 Battalion has Regional Companies all cross the south of England.

104 Battalion

104 Battalion Royal Electrical and Mechanical Engineers (REME) is one of Army’s Reserve Maintenance and Recovery Battalions.

105 Battalion

105 Battalion is the Army’s only Reserve maintenance battalion operating in Southwest England and South Wales.

106 Battalion

106 Battalion Royal Electrical and Mechanical Engineers are the Army Reserves professional engineers in Scotland and Northern Ireland.

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