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DCSU recruitment

lextalionis

Old-Salt
Esteemed ARRSErs,

I have been looking into joining the DCSU, if they will have me, and I have found that they ask you to apply to them directly, as well as the normal process:


It then says that, following a successful application to them, such applicants can join as either a Reservist or Specialist Reservist. Of course, aren't all reservists special?

My question is - what's the difference in training between Reservist and Specialist Reservist?
 

Wee Hawken

Old-Salt
Possibly the commitment level required? Usual reserve commitment is 27 days (although 77x seem often to ask for 44). "Specialist" may require only 19 days in line with "National Units" ("Specialist TA" in old money)??

Above is just speculation however.

Good luck with their recruitment process (lol).
 

Buddy!

War Hero
Esteemed ARRSErs,

I have been looking into joining the DCSU, if they will have me, and I have found that they ask you to apply to them directly, as well as the normal process:


It then says that, following a successful application to them, such applicants can join as either a Reservist or Specialist Reservist. Of course, aren't all reservists special?

My question is - what's the difference in training between Reservist and Specialist Reservist?

This question is best placed on Defence Connect where you will be able to get an answer from appropriate sources.
 
Possibly the commitment level required? Usual reserve commitment is 27 days (although 77x seem often to ask for 44). "Specialist" may require only 19 days in line with "National Units" ("Specialist TA" in old money)??

Above is just speculation however.

Good luck with their recruitment process (lol).
This is correct. The bounty earning requirement is 19 days for Specialist Reservists, although some do many more.

The mandatory weekends will be listed at the beginning of the training year.
 

combatintman

War Hero
I looked at 77X about a year ago. Essentially there are two pools - the Reservists who have a parent cap badge, are basic and trade qualified and have a unit to transfer from and the Specialist Reservists who go onto the Bde's books and get some sort of non-transferable commission cap badged General Staff Corps. The latter are what they say on the tin so have a skill in CivDiv that they are after but either no or very lapsed military skills. Reservists have to do at least the normal AR requirements for MATTS (or whatever they're called now) and training days. The Specialists have less onerous training/MATT and attendance commitments.

Whichever route you opt for, you will be subject to a paper board filter so will have to send a CV and answer a questionnaire about your skills and motivation to join the Bde and if successful will attend a selection board (presumably over a weekend).

I applied because I'm a long in the tooth ex British Army and Australian Army regular, I had Australian Army PSYOPS and Info Ops quals and most of the blokes I was working with on a contract in Iraq were reservists of some description or another in the Bde. I only binned it because my work situation changed.
 

lextalionis

Old-Salt
I looked at 77X about a year ago. Essentially there are two pools - the Reservists who have a parent cap badge, are basic and trade qualified and have a unit to transfer from and the Specialist Reservists who go onto the Bde's books and get some sort of non-transferable commission cap badged General Staff Corps. The latter are what they say on the tin so have a skill in CivDiv that they are after but either no or very lapsed military skills. Reservists have to do at least the normal AR requirements for MATTS (or whatever they're called now) and training days. The Specialists have less onerous training/MATT and attendance commitments.

Whichever route you opt for, you will be subject to a paper board filter so will have to send a CV and answer a questionnaire about your skills and motivation to join the Bde and if successful will attend a selection board (presumably over a weekend).

I applied because I'm a long in the tooth ex British Army and Australian Army regular, I had Australian Army PSYOPS and Info Ops quals and most of the blokes I was working with on a contract in Iraq were reservists of some description or another in the Bde. I only binned it because my work situation changed.
Many thanks. That's very helpful.

Did you mean General Service Corps?
 
Fair one, a complacent assumption by me. Some interesting analysis here... The lapsing of military skills is definitely not exclusive to the GSC. :D
You could even call it cultural understanding ;)
 

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