Average career length for reserves

As the title I suppose.

I'm led to believe 5-8 is the average career length for regs, what are we looking at for reserves?

Is there a difference for reserves, professional typrs, the to res?
 

Goatman

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17 years as a reservist ( with a break in service)....something must have appealed to me.
 

Toppet

Old-Salt
As the title I suppose.

I'm led to believe 5-8 is the average career length for regs, what are we looking at for reserves?

Is there a difference for reserves, professional typrs, the to res?
Send a FOI request to the MOD - or check the 'What do they know' website in case someone has already asked.
 
What is truly depressing is that the MoD intend to allow the AR to continue to stag on to 65 without annusl overage extensions post-60.
Really?

I thought 55 was the cutoff, 60 for professionals.
 
What is truly depressing is that the MoD intend to allow the AR to continue to stag on to 65 without annusl overage extensions post-60.
Good.
 

Just_plain_you

Old-Salt
I think the AR loses more people in the first two (or is it three?) years of service than every other year of service combined.
 
As the title I suppose.

I'm led to believe 5-8 is the average career length for regs, what are we looking at for reserves?

Is there a difference for reserves, professional typrs, the to res?
I left the TA in 1992 after 12 years service, however there are still at least 2 still serving in my old mob from back then, both who were already established when I left, so both have to be on at least 30 - 35 years in
 

MoleBath

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What is truly depressing is that the MoD intend to allow the AR to continue to stag on to 65 without annual overage extensions post-60.
If serving in a non deployable ( ie outside the wire) specialists with useful skills can be retained to the benefit of the service RAFVR have done this already
 
It depends. For around a decade, that was recruited, trained, PDT, tour and out for huge numbers of AR inf. Actually a good return on investment.
Would be interesting to see if, since the opportunities for tours have dried up, if it has ironically meant many people in the AR have stayed for longer (waiting for an opportunity of a tour to arise).
 

The_Duke

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Would be interesting to see if, since the opportunities for tours have dried up, if it has ironically meant many people in the AR have stayed for longer (waiting for an opportunity of a tour to arise).
Quite possibly. There is also less chance of people having the “seen it, done it” moment and leaving because a) the training cycle they return to doesn’t interest them or b) they need to focus on home life/job after their time away.
 
As the title I suppose.

I'm led to believe 5-8 is the average career length for regs, what are we looking at for reserves?

Is there a difference for reserves, professional typrs, the to res?
Before you start interpreting any figures, it's worth remembering that compulsory retirement age has crept up steadily over the years. Many would have stayed longer if they'd been born just a year or two later.

I managed 38 years (without commissioning, which could have added a further 5) but began when blokes were chucked out at age 40. I attended a mini-reunion 7 years ago where two of the blokes who'd been out for 10 years could have still been serving had they been just a year younger.

From my own observations, it appeared that if someone stayed in for 6 years, they'd still be in until age-expiry. Few left in the first two years but there'd be a 4 year span where there was conflict with either work or family. Past the 6 year mark, blokes were more likely to resolve such conflicts by taking leaves of absence rather than downright quitting.
 
Surely it's very difficult to compare AR and Regular service leavers due to Regular returns of service, restrictions on leaving post Initial Training etc, wheras AR can chin it off whenever they want?
 

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