The Army Reserve, formerley The Territorial Army (TA), is an integral part of the Armed Forces, and in times of war and national emergency the UK depends on Reserve soldiers to support the regular army. Reserve Force units are made up of trained soldiers who may be asked to join up with regular units to boost their manpower, or alternatively they can be deployed as a fully formed Army Reserve unit.
There are 2,970 in Yorkshire and The Humber alone, of which more than 200 are mobilised on operations.
To join the Army Reserve, you should be physically fit, aged between 17 and 31 (but older if you have had previous Army experience, depending on the circumstances), and able to spare one evening a week, one weekend each month and two weeks a year to train. As an army reservist you can:
- Learn a trade which provides a civilian NVQ as well as a military qualification
- Experience working as a key member of a team in challenging situations
- Improve your management, leadership and communication skills
- Experience some real adventure, enjoyment and comradeship
- Earn Army daily rates of pay and qualify for an annual tax-free bonus
As all trained members of the Reserve are liable to be deployed on service, you may serve as an integral part of a military force anywhere in the world – most recently Army Reserve personnel have served in Afghanistan and Iraq. Reservists train in their own time and remain civilians, but in a state of national emergency or war they could be called up to become a full-time soldier.
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