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Can my wife join?

#1
Hi all,
Hopefully someone can help I am currently serving in the army and after talking to my wife today she expressed an interest in joining up aswell. We have 2 children and currently live in SFA at my base does anyone know if it is possible for her to join and if so any details around it ie would the army support it in any way.
 
#2
These days the Army is an equal opportunities employer. Selection is based on their needs along with the applicants merit and ability to pass muster.
 
#5
I just meant do they do childcare vouchers etc? What about postings are the army quite accommodating with keeping spouses based close? For example my wife wants to join AGC as a CHRS which are obviously based everywhere we are.
 
#7
jock3233 said:
I just meant do they do childcare vouchers etc? What about postings are the army quite accommodating with keeping spouses based close? For example my wife wants to join AGC as a CHRS which are obviously based everywhere we are.
The MoD do childcare vouchers that you could already apply for if you are paying for childcare - that doesn't count if you 'pay' your wife to look after your kids.

The Army is under no obligation to try to keep serving couples together. Whilst I have seen couples serving in some locations together I have also seen it where couples have been separated for a considerable amount of time and over a great distance.

One point to consider is that if you are in the same unit and that unit deploys you should both be expected to deploy and your kids would need to go to Grandparents for example.
 
#8
Thats brilliant thanks for all the help. All sounds like too much hassle to be honest and strain on the family. going to look into childcare vouchers though. Thanks everyone
 

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#11
As well as looking at regular service she might want to look at the reserve which may suit your lifestyle better. If she were to join a Nationally Recruited unit (CVHQ) it wouldn't matter if you got posted as she would not be tied to a TA Centre.

National TA Units - British Army WebsiteDon't worry about the location thats just the HQs. NR types travel all over the country.
 
#15
No idea she hears me complaining enough so dont know why she wants to. Personally she can crack on catch me up rank wise for the money and ill quite happily sign off n play with the kids all day (How hard can it be). I think she thinks it will be easier than ive made out.
 
#16
The MoD do childcare vouchers that you could already apply for if you are paying for childcare - that doesn't count if you 'pay' your wife to look after your kids.

The Army is under no obligation to try to keep serving couples together. Whilst I have seen couples serving in some locations together I have also seen it where couples have been separated for a considerable amount of time and over a great distance.

One point to consider is that if you are in the same unit and that unit deploys you should both be expected to deploy and your kids would need to go to Grandparents for example.
Spot on answer, married serving soldiers I have known have also had it where they have done OPTAG Trg, tour and once back off the tour the partner was just deploying.....not a very good situation if you have kids aswell.
 
#17
I get the impression it is very much down to individual units and how accommodating they are which does not fill me with confidence so think shell be giving it a miss. Thanks for all the advice.
 

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