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    Is anyone here in the reserves? What process do you have to go through to join and what is it like being in it thanks
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    (Original post by karl pilkington)
    Is anyone here in the reserves? What process do you have to go through to join and what is it like being in it thanks
    Which Reserves? Joining as what? Officer or NCO? What trade?
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    (Original post by Drewski)
    Which Reserves? Joining as what? Officer or NCO? What trade?
    dunno can you be an officer with A levels I don't really no what trade maybe dog handler or something I don't really care. I was hoping to join my local reserves in the Bristol area
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    (Original post by karl pilkington)
    dunno can you be an officer with A levels I don't really no what trade maybe dog handler or something I don't really care. I was hoping to join my local reserves in the Bristol area
    Nobody here will help you when you don't have the first clue about what it is you want.

    You haven't even told us if you want Army, RAF, RN or RM. How are we supposed to have an idea about what advice to give you if you don't know what you want?


    Go and spend a few hours looking at the careers websites for each service. Then come back with any questions you haven't been able to answer.
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    (Original post by Drewski)
    Nobody here will help you when you don't have the first clue about what it is you want.

    You haven't even told us if you want Army, RAF, RN or RM. How are we supposed to have an idea about what advice to give you if you don't know what you want?


    Go and spend a few hours looking at the careers websites for each service. Then come back with any questions you haven't been able to answer.
    no I said I want to join the reserves also I meant in the army I was just asking other peoples experiences
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    (Original post by karl pilkington)
    no I said I want to join the reserves also I meant in the army I was just asking other peoples experiences
    How are we meant to know that? Where did you say Army in any of your previous posts?

    And you still haven't mentioned what you want to join as - that has a massive impact on the joining process.

    You're not going to get any advice if you don't give any details on what it is you want advice on.
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    Look at the units in the Bristol area. They have specialist roles and recruit to match those roles. See if any of those roles appeal to you.
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    (Original post by ProStacker)
    Look at the units in the Bristol area. They have specialist roles and recruit to match those roles. See if any of those roles appeal to you.
    don't you just go through basic training and then choose the role later.
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    (Original post by karl pilkington)
    don't you just go through basic training and then choose the role later.
    No.

    Which you'd know if you bothered to do any of your own research.
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    (Original post by Drewski)
    No.

    Which you'd know if you bothered to do any of your own research.
    oh stressy
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    Here you go, sunshine. Just in case you really really couldn't find it:

    http://www.army.mod.uk/join/The-Army-Reserve.aspx

    and here's the units within 20 miles of Bristol:

    http://www.army.mod.uk/join/local-ar...=ta&showall=ta
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    (Original post by ProStacker)
    Here you go, sunshine. Just in case you really really couldn't find it:

    http://www.army.mod.uk/join/The-Army-Reserve.aspx

    and here's the units within 20 miles of Bristol:

    http://www.army.mod.uk/join/local-ar...=ta&showall=ta
    yes obv I have already seen that I was more interested in people already in it and what their experiences were
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    (Original post by karl pilkington)
    Is anyone here in the reserves? What process do you have to go through to join and what is it like being in it thanks
    Look at your local reserve units and pick the one you think suits you.

    When I joined, I picked infantry for various reasons. Training is different for different units, but essentially phase alpha is done in 4 weekends, or a 7 day course, and phase bravo is done in a 15 day consolidated course. Here you learn basic soldiering skills.

    Phase 2, which is your trade training, differs in length depending on what you are joining. For reserve infantry, it is another 15 day course at catterick.

    After that, it is weekly drill nights, 1 or 2 weekends a month and a two week consolidated training package each year.
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    You should know what you want before asking mate.

    Which service? Officer or NCO?

    Those two alone have a massive impact

    Do your research then come back!
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    (Original post by AlwaysWatching)
    Look at your local reserve units and pick the one you think suits you.

    When I joined, I picked infantry for various reasons. Training is different for different units, but essentially phase alpha is done in 4 weekends, or a 7 day course, and phase bravo is done in a 15 day consolidated course. Here you learn basic soldiering skills.

    Phase 2, which is your trade training, differs in length depending on what you are joining. For reserve infantry, it is another 15 day course at catterick.

    After that, it is weekly drill nights, 1 or 2 weekends a month and a two week consolidated training package each year.
    ok thanks can I ask what you do on drill nights and how much you get paid? Also how do you go about booking time off work do they tell you in advance when you have to be on a training type week. Do you enjoy doing it
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    You should know what you want before asking mate.

    Which service? Officer or NCO?

    Those two alone have a massive impact

    Do your research then come back!
    well I don't know that's what I have to decide I have A levels but would probably go for NCO I dunno what trade that is something I have to decide aswell
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    (Original post by karl pilkington)
    ok thanks can I ask what you do on drill nights and how much you get paid? Also how do you go about booking time off work do they tell you in advance when you have to be on a training type week. Do you enjoy doing it
    Drill nights you could be doing anything - whether it is basic soldiering skills or trade skills. For me, as I am only qualified to speak from an infantry perspective, we do some sort of lesson (first aid, map reading, small unit tactics, weapons handling - the scope is huge) followed by circuit training usually for an hour. We might not do the fitness if we are doing a two hour physical activity. It depends on what you join and your job.

    For each training weekend, you get paid 2.5 days. For each drill night, you get paid a quarter days pay. Pay depends on rank, so you will have to look it up.

    Booking off work depends on your employer. My unit has all it dates a year in advance posted for us all to see, including the two week camp, so we can inform our employers and get time off.

    And yes I enjoy it, otherwise I wouldn't be doing it But it is not for everyone.
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    infantry for you, big lad
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    (Original post by karl pilkington)
    well I don't know that's what I have to decide I have A levels but would probably go for NCO I dunno what trade that is something I have to decide aswell
    I'd suggest going in as other rank rather than officer in the reserves. If you have leadership experience and feel comfortable at doing your job, you can commission later on in life.
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    (Original post by AlwaysWatching)
    I'd suggest going in as other rank rather than officer in the reserves. If you have leadership experience and feel comfortable at doing your job, you can commission later on in life.
    yeah that's what I meant go in as a regular soldier sorry I got confused about the non commissioned officer
 
 
 
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