Do you want to earn a bit of extra cash? Or are you bored stiff during lockdown? Well, the Army Reserves could be your salvation! They desperately need reserve recruits and will consider any application. Before you apply, you will need some more information. So, this article outlines a reservist’s role, benefits, training and opportunities.
1) What does a reservist do?
An army reserve has the same duties as a soldier. For example, they contribute to humanitarian aid, community service and peacekeeping. A reservist’s central purpose is to contribute to the armed forces, if their resources become stretched. This occurs infrequently. However, they train the reserves across many disciplines, so that they can support the breadth of the army. The government need a full reserve force so that, in case of disaster, they have a bank of capable reinforcements.
2) What commitment is required, and do I get paid?
Reservists fulfil their duties on part-time basis, unlike the full-time army. The average battalion will meet for one evening a week, and will attend an occasional weekend camp. Their work amounts to 27 days a year. If this is too much, the reserves offer more flexible arrangements. The Army financially compensates recruits for their time. They pay their reserve battalions a fixed, part-time, rate, and a yearly bonus that is scaled to commitment level.
3) What is the training process?
The Army requires recruits to complete two, week-long, training camps before they join. This is called basic training. It may save many from lockdown boredom, because it still occurs in person. These camps take place across the country. Training content encompasses fitness, survival and leadership skills. Therefore, a new recruit can escape lockdown and master the fundamentals of soldiering.
4) What opportunities will this role provide?
The skills, qualifications and experiences gained by a reservist will set them up for future careers. It provides job opportunities within the armed forces, and transferable skill training, which help in careers such as engineering. These openings manifest through networking opportunities and a diverse education program.
A friend inspired this article. He is currently completing his first week of basic training. I asked for his opinion on the army reserves and he replied with: ‘In a combat situation, pray that a reserve medic treats you. They, most likely, work for the NHS and have experience that army medics do not’. My friend’s quote demonstrates of a reservist’s broader experience. Aside from the benefits, the army reserves offers a chance to make a quality contribution to the armed forces.
So, what are you waiting for? Sign up now, soldier! YOUR COUNTRY NEEDS YOU! (On a part-time basis)
Find more information and apply here.