joining reserves after 12 years break from regulars

#1
Hi All
nobody laugh............
I left the RA at 30 after 12 years service + juniors. I left as a bombardier with an exemplary record.
this was 12 years ago and I am now 42.
my question is what is the score if I wanted to join the reserves?
I know I can join up to 43 but
1. will I need to do basic again?
2. would my courses taken still stand? ie leadership and trade courses
3. would I join as a gunner?
4. would I be a sprog?
cheers for the help
Matt
 
#5
What's to be gained from putting a 42 yr old, 12-yr Bdr through basic again? If he didn't learn soldiering after 12 years as a nipper, he's surely not going to get it now. And I'm sure the DS on his basic would love having a bloke 10-15 years older than them to get through.

In my day in the TA, there was such a thing as "RSM's assessment". If the potential ex-reg could persuade the badge he was up to snuff, then no need for basic. TBH, I would not expect to keep rank after 12 years out, but that can be gained back quite quickly if the CoC make use of the experience being offered.

Ex-regs in my TA unit either joined and left within 6 months because they just didn't get the TA, or joined as say a Sgt and were WO2s within a year or three.
 
#6
If you're pining for big guns, it's only fair to tell you that they never did bring the SLR back.
 
#9
Well of course, but "marching up and down the square" is not something any of us will ever forget, now is it? The most important thing from basic is to turn "Mr" into someone who thinks like "Pte". Not the actual kit or tactics or whatever. If Bdr Caenmatt is heading for Infantry, then perhaps I can see the point.
 
#11
What's to be gained from putting a 42 yr old, 12-yr Bdr through basic again? If he didn't learn soldiering after 12 years as a nipper, he's surely not going to get it now. And I'm sure the DS on his basic would love having a bloke 10-15 years older than them to get through.

In my day in the TA, there was such a thing as "RSM's assessment". If the potential ex-reg could persuade the badge he was up to snuff, then no need for basic. TBH, I would not expect to keep rank after 12 years out, but that can be gained back quite quickly if the CoC make use of the experience being offered.

Ex-regs in my TA unit either joined and left within 6 months because they just didn't get the TA, or joined as say a Sgt and were WO2s within a year or three.
You've got to bear in mind that in the last 12 years, not just uniform and basic equipment have changed but also ethos has changed entirely.
 
#12
Fair enough, I'm well out of it.
 
#14
As somebody who left the RA after 12 yrs as a Bdr aged 30 who joined the TA after a gap, I might be able to help, however my gap was 6 yrs

1. I didn't do basic, but it was a close call, the rules have been massively tightened in the last 8yrs I have been back in and I doubt you will get away with it. The old TA got away with murder and got a rep for cutting corners. You doing basic again is a pain and a lot of it hasn't changed, but enough has to make it a requirement. The last time I was at ATU ( the reserves basic training loc) there was a lad who had 16 yrs in and finished off a full screw at an ATR. He was forced to go through training.

2. Depends on the course, are you joining a gunner unit? If so do the trades you have match the unit you are going to? If it's sigs your probably screwed due to bowman. When you get there take in your record and get the SPSI to talk to TDT and see what you can get added to JPA. Leadership courses should be good, however my EFP was scrubbed

3. Yes, I did, and the pain is you will fall back into crewman 2000, which might take ages to get back to your old rank

4. No you will be treated with the respect of your experience, or at least you should do.

If you are thinking of joining a gunner reserve unit PM me




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#15
I'm considering joining RMP reserves, it's been 22 years since I served in RMP regs - I think I need to book an appointment with my shrink!!! :eek:
 
#16
You can apply to become a Reservist soldier when you're 17 years and 9 months - ready to start when you turn 18. You can join until the day before your 50th birthday. There are higher age limits for some specialist roles.

You can apply to become a Reservist officer when you're 17 years and 9 months - ready to start when you turn 18. The last point that you can apply to join is when you're 48 years and 9 months, although there are higher age limits for professional or specialist applicants.
 
#18
You can apply to become a Reservist soldier when you're 17 years and 9 months - ready to start when you turn 18. You can join until the day before your 50th birthday. There are higher age limits for some specialist roles.

You can apply to become a Reservist officer when you're 17 years and 9 months - ready to start when you turn 18. The last point that you can apply to join is when you're 48 years and 9 months, although there are higher age limits for professional or specialist applicants.
35 is the limit for most DE Officers. PQOs goes higher, couldn't tell you off the top of my head.
 

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