1. Serve your country
Protect our nation’s interests across a range of operations, from counter-terrorism and anti-piracy work, to preventing conflict and providing humanitarian assistance, at home and overseas.
Seeking a challenge that’ll take you beyond your everyday? In the Reserves you’ll be pushed to your limits and experience things that stretch you, and take you out of your comfort zone. It’s a world away from the ordinary 9 to 5.
3. Personal development
Joining the Reserves isn’t a pastime. You’ll complete military training and gain career-related qualifications through courses accredited up to Masters level. You’ll also develop invaluable transferable skills, such as leadership and teamwork to advance not only your military career but your civilian one too!
As a Reservist your fitness will become part of a larger cause. A new kind of motivation to be at the top of your game and in peak physical condition, not only for personal development but in the name of protecting our nation’s interests.
5. Take up a new hobby!
The forces have access to a vast range of sporting and competitive teams, including martial arts, rugby, skiing, sailing and many more! There are opportunities for you to take part at every level. You’ll be supported every step of the way to meeting your potential – whether that’s playing for your regiment or representing your country at an elite level.
6. Travel the world and experience something different!
Reservists have the opportunity to travel around the world on operations and mobilisations with their Regular counterparts. Places such as Kenya, Cyprus, America and many more!
7. Social life
Joining the Reserves is a great way to form solid friendships. You’ll meet like-minded people from a diverse range of ages and backgrounds, bonding over a sense of camaraderie you can only get from training together, and working together.
8. Get paid to have an Adventure!
As a Reservist you get paid for the time you spend training, and a bonus payment for completing a certain amount of training days each year.
Depending on the unit you join, your minimum training commitment could be 19 or 27 days a year – rewarded with a tax-free lump sum called a bounty. This increases after each year of service. As well as the bounty, there are also subsidies that will pay for food while you’re on duty and travel to the unit.
9. Transferable skills
The training and skills gained in the Reserves can be used to improve performance in the workplace and can enhance skills in area such as leadership, team work, communication and decision making often in challenging situations and environments.
10. No regrets!
Don’t miss out on opportunities of a lifetime from the Reserves! Find out more about a career in the Reserves – be it Army, Royal Navy, Royal Marines or the Royal Air Force!