Good or bad time to join your local Army reserve?

I know this is a hot topic ref CORVID- 19, but can anyone on the inside hint towards any plans that the MOD may escalate or deescalate recruit intakes following the current pandemic? I have been interested in rejoining the last 6 months prior to this outbreak and i'd like to know some of your opinions.

On the one hand it could be media hype, but on the other hand a preppers wet dream! Looking more closely doing your own research, it seems it could be the next big thing whether it be health related or economically etc. Whats are your thoughts please, I'll call into my local unit and update this thread with any relevant info for anyone interested, Cheers.
 
Apply now, and if you're lucky (depending on the current efficiency of Capita) you'll be in uniform by the time this has all blown over.

If you're not lucky, it'll take longer, or you wont get in, or you'll be dead.

Hope this helps.
 

Mrsheeny

War Hero
Echo the above.

If capita were in charge of recruitment in world war 2 you’d have signed up at the same time as Dunkirk and started basic training just in time for VE Day.

That’s not including any minor medical issues you may have. They want to know all about the time you went to the doctors with that boil on your bum, they want photos, statements, x-rays and blood tests for it, even if it was 10 years ago.
 

Cutaway

LE
Kit Reviewer

Mrsheeny

War Hero
I’d just do it, it’ll take time, just have to stick with it and go prepared especially with regards to anything that will be on your medical records.

If you’ve been referred during the last 10 years for anything from and x-rays, any consultations or anything that a specialist has had to look at get the information with you to start off with, otherwise it’ll hamper your progress.

Back to the original question, if you sign up now you may be badged up in time for the 3rd wave of the Shanghai offensive.
 

Dr Death

Old-Salt
Well once the virus explodes expect call up of every Man or Woman aged 18-55 for compulsory reserve service for 180 days, basic will take 6 weeks followed by on the job training resulting in an NVQ2 in military skills.

OK I am joking, the Reserves what ever we think of them might be infected already as will regular forces.
So if you think it will be quick & easy to join whilst crapita are running it think again, standards will not drop nor will the incompetence of crapita to balls it up for everyone joining!!
 

Daxx

MIA
Book Reviewer
Sign up. You could be back filling in your local Tesco in weeks.
 

Cutaway

LE
Kit Reviewer
I know this is a hot topic ref CORVID- 19, but can anyone on the inside hint towards any plans that the MOD may escalate or deescalate recruit intakes following the current pandemic? I have been interested in rejoining the last 6 months prior to this outbreak and i'd like to know some of your opinions.

On the one hand it could be media hype, but on the other hand a preppers wet dream! Looking more closely doing your own research, it seems it could be the next big thing whether it be health related or economically etc. Whats are your thoughts please, I'll call into my local unit and update this thread with any relevant info for anyone interested, Cheers.
I get the impression that you're quite young but you say "rejoin."
Have you been in regular service or previous in the TA ?
 

Mrsheeny

War Hero
If you sign on now, best case:

March - Sign up
May/June - Selection and attestation
June - Get uniform
August (Late) - Alpha
October - Bravo

Then you are likely to be called up for anything.

Worst case:

March : Sign up
Held up for the RGMD, selection centre lose your doctors notes. You have to go back the doctors and get them to do it again.
July : Selection and deferred for high blood pressure, you have 24 hour monitoring and prove you’re not a biff.
September : Selection
December : Alpha
March : Bravo
 
in the process of joining up (i was sent home from the assessment at weekend for medical issue) but booked again in a couple of weeks.

they seem to be rushing people through so good time to join up i think, my application wasnt even finished properly and they had me booked up for assessment weekend.

Also go a letter on my portal from a doctor saying i should be automatically refused due to an old hearing issue (passed that at the assessment centre, irionically me being older allowed me to get away with poorer hearing) but they where willing to let me come along and discuss it with the doctor, to be honest we never really did, im guessing because i passed (just) the hearing test.
 
Apply now, and if you're lucky (depending on the current efficiency of Capita) you'll be in uniform by the time this has all blown over.

If you're not lucky, it'll take longer, or you wont get in, or you'll be dead.

Hope this helps.
Spot on. In my experience a lot of people want to join the TA for all of the right reasons, but by the time that they are in the system and trained, the reason (Afghan for example) is or has finished. And the TA has returned to normal jogging.
 
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