Any news on Commonwealth recruits joining the British Army ?

" We don't currently have any vacancies for commonwealth applicants. If you have applied, and not heard from us, we will keep your details, and will get back to you if there are any suitable opportunities in the future. "

This is the only news I have been able to find out about this topic for a few months now. Does anybody have any additional information on when they might start looking for recruits again? Any help will be much appreciated. Thanks.
 
ViolatorOfVirgins the Commonwealth route is a much easier and more sensible route for my situation, hence why I am asking for information on the Commonwealth route.
 
Cheers thanks for the info mate, that sounds like an eternity away. I am beginning to think that as a foreigner the best option for me to join a respectable army is to join The French Foreign Legion. I certainly do not want to rely entirely on the hope of joining the British Army, I have messaged and phoned the British Army numerous times and they have been unable to provide the simple information that TheAssessor has just provided. Personally from my experiences thus far in trying to join the British Army I have felt unwanted and much of the time people have made it out as if Commonwealth Citizens ( foreigners ) joining the British Army is such a burden for the Army and the government. This can be seen from the first comment in this thread from that person with the very mature name. The ignorance I have experienced is astonishing. I myself have direct family members from over the generations who have fought and died for the British Army and family members who have fought for the South African Army ( ironically helping the British Army ). Yet still the British Army and certain people look down on people such as myself who are perfectly willing and able to swear an oath of elegance and serve the crown because " they do not meet the residential requirements to join the army ". The system is utterly disrespectful to people in the same situation as me.
 
It looks like you're taking it just a bit too personally, though i get your frustration. The Army is getting smaller, and despite falling numbers, does still have many others applying throughout the year.

Good luck to you in whichever you end up joining.
 

TheAssessor

Old-Salt
Just for your own personal information; there were 220 foreign and commonwealth places this year. That quota is set by a lot of different factors, some of which are external to the army.

There were over 7000 suitable applicants. That is 7000 after the sift. Now my maths isn't great, but that is a target rich environment.

The army/capita have not handled the situation well by any means, but they are not mugging you off personally.
 
Thanks for the info gents. I understand completely that the Army is just following whatever protocol they have in place. The protocol is just so unfair to not only me but many other people as well. I also understand that me whining is not going to change anything. I come from South Africa, I am 19 and I am white which means that joining the South African Army is not an option for me. The South African Army is a sad skeleton of what it used to be.and is now in disarray. I am white which means that it will be nearly impossible for me to progress up the ranks of the South African Army because people of color are given preference to me. Which leaves me the options to carry on trying to pursue a career in the British Army even though I only have a 3% chance of only being selected or I try join the FFL. Not sure what I should consider at the moment to be honest.
 
The government set the new quota and waived the residency rules that they introduced in 2013 in May 2016:

The current Commonwealth recruitment rules which require five years UK residency have therefore been reviewed, and the residency requirements will be waived to allow for 200 Commonwealth citizens per annum to be recruited to fill a limited number of roles in the Regular Armed Forces which require specialist skills. The numbers of individuals that can be recruited and the list of roles that can be filled under these arrangements have been agreed in consultation with the Home Office. These will be subject to regular review.

The army/capita are enforcing government policy
 

ExREME..TECH

On ROPS
On ROPs
Where are you applying from?
 
maybe i just don't like the mercenaries?
but more seriously- at least after nationalization you can remain in the UK (if you wish) with no problems. or you can use British passport for easy(-ish) travel wherever you wish.
meanwhile you could increase your qualification, that would make you a better candidate for a role you wish to apply.
remember- they have plenty of mediocre candidates from the UK, why should they bother to get another mediocre (no offence intended by any means!) one from abroad?

ps. i don't think the system is "disrespectful to people in the same situation as you". frankly speaking, it's rather laughable that "British" army accepts non-British citizens (of whatever origin). Requiring that you will spend few (5) years prior to that isn't really anything shocking or over the top. At least you will know what you will be fighting for (and if you really wish to fight for it).
 
Fair enough ViolatorOfVirigins. I am indeed actually immigrating over to the UK in August/September, I recently got my British Ancestral Visa so I am able to work and live in the UK for the next 5 years so nationalization is an option for me in the future. Would being over in the UK possibly be an advantage for me over other Commonwealth applicants ? Fitness wise I will definitely pass all the tests with ease and academically I am also very clever. I am not trying to brag or anything but I am very much so ready to join the British Army. Another question I have is what are your opinions on the French Foreign Legion ? Training and Military capability wise. I think I should at least try considering the FFL with myself being a foreigner.
 

TheAssessor

Old-Salt
Fair enough ViolatorOfVirigins. I am indeed actually immigrating over to the UK in August/September, I recently got my British Ancestral Visa so I am able to work and live in the UK for the next 5 years so nationalization is an option for me in the future. Would being over in the UK possibly be an advantage for me over other Commonwealth applicants ? Fitness wise I will definitely pass all the tests with ease and academically I am also very clever. I am not trying to brag or anything but I am very much so ready to join the British Army. Another question I have is what are your opinions on the French Foreign Legion ? Training and Military capability wise. I think I should at least try considering the FFL with myself being a foreigner.
Parlez-vous français?

Applicants are applicants. Commonwealth is commonwealth. We don't care if you are in the UK or Fiji. Nobody is placed above anyone else due to location.
 
Thanks for the help gents, I got all the information and more for what I was asking for. Whatever path I choose to follow will be my choice. I wish all of you luck for the future. Thanks again for the help.
 
good luck to you as well- regardless which way you chose.

ps. FFL teaches its people French language (well... sort of)- so even if you don't speak it now, you will be taught it.
 
Hey guys,

Im looking to apply for the vacancies that come out this year (2018), does anyone know the success rate for commonwealth citizens applying to join the british army from overseas? I am currently 17 years old. Also when they invite you for medical, physical and physchological examination, does any one have any tips on how to go about?

Thanks.
 

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