advice for the army reserves/army

#1
Hi.

I’ve been wanting to join the army since I was sixteen, it’s something I’d love to do but unfortunately or logically(!) super nervous about, as I’ll certainly miss home.

but recently I moved and I’ve had the idea of joining the reserves then going to be a regular, it’s a great way to see if I enjoy it without taking the giant leap of being a full time soldier. if I enjoy it I’ll put all my effort into it, but I do want to get a taste before.

personally I’d love to be a dog handler - the idea of having a companion in this journey sounds great along with many other things! I have a lot of questions so I’ll list them below.

1 • can someone show me what order each major step is in the army? I.e what comes first and last, passing your army tests (?) selection, phase 1 training (?) phase 2 (?)

2 • can I join the reserves then go on to regular, will I have to pass the same tests? I think this is an obvious yes for the latter part.

3 • is being a dog handler an easy role to get, I heard somerwhere they have many applicants.

4 • how much maths is required in the army? what roles require it the least (lol),

5 • can I take a camera to my training to capture pictures? for the memory book.

6 • would I be based close to my family / home county?

Thanks.
 

chrisg46

LE
Book Reviewer
#2
1/ Pretty much it in that order
2/ Yes you can join as reservist and move to regs and a qualified yes with regard to tests(although am ready to be corrected). If mobilised as a reservist, its not unknown for people to stay on. However... it is much more likely to do training again as a new candidate.
3/ Pass
4/ How longs a piece of string?
5/ I wouldnt...
6/ No guarentees in regs.

I would go reserves first to see how you like it. You can go regular at a later date (if you are within age limits)
 
#3
Thank you! I’ve been hearing that you shouldn’t waste your time in the reserves and join regular but seeing it first and getting a bit of training will go a long way.!

I want to be in the reserves by age 19/20, but by 25/28 I would love to have been in the army for half to nearly a decade.
 

chrisg46

LE
Book Reviewer
#4
If you arent sure of what you want to do, or if you will like it, the Reserves are a good half way house. On the other hand, if you are sure thats what you want to do, why wait?
 
#5
How long are you planning on staying in the reserves?

If you don't mind me asking, how old are you now?
 
#7
Join the Reserves, use it as a way to get a taste for it, use it to build up your fitness and some experience then after a year or two, transfer to the Regulars. Easily done. Loads of the young lads in my Reserves unit have done it. For maths, it's C or above in GCSE or Level 2 numeracy. If you haven't got that, the Reserves will help you practice to pass level 2, or at least they should. Good luck
 

chrisg46

LE
Book Reviewer
#9
Depends what you want to do - i think that in order to progress, certain levels of qualifications are required - Certain level of reading/writing to promote to JNCO etc
 
#12
It's what I did; I used it as a taster and also to provide beer tokens when I was at college. I then went on to serve for 22 years as a Regular. So my advice is to go for it!
 
#14
Sounds fantastic! In that long career, how much maths were required? I know it depends but it’s been my biggest concern since I even considered joining.
Some but not an onerous amount, more arithmetic then maths though.
 
#15
Sounds fantastic! In that long career, how much maths were required? I know it depends but it’s been my biggest concern since I even considered joining.
That made me smile; I started basic training for the regulars 30 years ago this comimg April and it seems like yesterday!
 
#16
I would esteem to have such a lengthy and prosperous career! you have given me so much encouragement to try the reserves first and see it! how much training should I do before, should I train as hard as if it was the regulars? plus any hope in actually getting the dog handler role, as I heard it’s over applied for.
 
#18
what role did you have? if you mind me asking!
Royal Military Police but I specialised in what used to be known as Signals but is now known as Command Information Systems.

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