The Army Reserve has two clearly defined roles. Firstly, it provides highly trained soldiers who can work alongside regular troops on missions in the UK and overseas. Secondly, it gives people who have specialist skills, like medics and engineers, a range of exciting opportunities to use them in new ways.
Opportunities for reserves
Over the next few years the role of the Army Reserve will be expanded and reserves will work even more closely with the rest of the Army. This means that there will be more opportunities for people who want to enjoy the challenges that come with being a reserve.
Army reserves come from all sorts of backgrounds, but they all choose to dedicate as a little as 19 days a year to serving in the military.
They train one evening a week, one weekend a month and go on annual training exercises. In return, they get:
- Travel – training in the UK and overseas
- Skills – achieving military and civilian qualifications
- Pay – earning for all the training and duties they do
- Benefits – receiving financial incentives to join and a tax-free bonus every year
- Fitness – getting training by the best to become ‘Army fit’.