Having just gone through the initial approach to the Reserve forces out here I am baffled at their recruit training policy and structure for the reserve forces. Soldier entry candidates have to do a 7 week long recruits course and then do their specialist training (2- 6 weeks). Officer entry have to do a 3 day induction, followed by a six week course, then 5 x weekends and finally another 6 week long course. After all this they then go on to do their specialist training (2- 6 weeks again). What employer in their right mind is going to let someone off for that continuous period of time - mine certainly won't. They also seem determined to ignore 10 years of UK experience as "the australian defence force do things differently". Tossers.