Joining the Reserves, North West.

#1
Hi, I am thinking of joining the Army Reserves and I just have a few questions if anybody could help me please?

is there anything specific they look for in a recruit? like any skills or anything that they desire more?

i'm a woman, is that acceptable? i know its 2019 and I shouldn't even have to ask that like

any other tips or info i need to know upon applying?

Thank you in advance
 
#3
If you have skills that you'd like to use, the Army will welcome them - but you may have to travel some distance to the relevant unit. The AR will reimburse lengthy travel for specialists.

A lot of people have skills but don't want to use them. You may want to do something different on your weekends. That's also OK but you'll probably have to settle for a nearby unit as there's likely to be a limit on the distance that the Army will pay for.
 
#4
Hi, I am thinking of joining the Army Reserves and I just have a few questions if anybody could help me please?

is there anything specific they look for in a recruit? like any skills or anything that they desire more?

i'm a woman, is that acceptable? i know its 2019 and I shouldn't even have to ask that like

any other tips or info i need to know upon applying?

Thank you in advance
Being a woman will not be an issue. Some units will have 50% or more females (eg hospital units). I don't know the current policy re women in the AR with regard to infantry, RAC or arty, but you will have no problem in corps (eg R SIGNALS, RLC, REME, AGC), which have high percentages of females.

As for life experiences and skills, that's an open-ended question. If your civvy job is a truck mechanic, you would be an ideal candidate for a REME VM. If you are 4'11", weigh 8 stone and petite, then maybe RE brickie isn't the best choice.

It's like any other job, you have to match your skills to what the requirements are. Promote your positives and mitigate your negatives.
 
#5
Being a woman will not be an issue. Some units will have 50% or more females (eg hospital units). I don't know the current policy re women in the AR with regard to infantry, RAC or arty, but you will have no problem in corps (eg R SIGNALS, RLC, REME, AGC), which have high percentages of females.

As for life experiences and skills, that's an open-ended question. If your civvy job is a truck mechanic, you would be an ideal candidate for a REME VM. If you are 4'11", weigh 8 stone and petite, then maybe RE brickie isn't the best choice.

It's like any other job, you have to match your skills to what the requirements are. Promote your positives and mitigate your negatives.
Thankyou very much for your reply! thats made me feel abit more confident there.

Im going down to my local careers center this week when im in town and i will speak too them and see what they say! thanks again
 
#6
If you have skills that you'd like to use, the Army will welcome them - but you may have to travel some distance to the relevant unit. The AR will reimburse lengthy travel for specialists.

A lot of people have skills but don't want to use them. You may want to do something different on your weekends. That's also OK but you'll probably have to settle for a nearby unit as there's likely to be a limit on the distance that the Army will pay for.

thankyou, i dont mind the travel as im learning to drive so it will be fine once i pass, i will have a think of what my skills/strengths are and see if they would be of use to the Army, thanks for replying
 
#7
Don’t worry about the skills and strengths you currently have. You will have hidden skills and strengths that you are unaware of, the Army will help you develop.

Best bet is look online at units near you, choose one you are interested in (ask on here, for more advice) and call them to see if you can pop in for a chat.

Ultimately throw yourself into the unit which appeals to you most.

What are you looking at doing?
 
#8
My top tip; be yourself.
Don't put on any airs and graces, just be you.
 
#9
Thankyou very much for your reply! thats made me feel abit more confident there.

Im going down to my local careers center this week when im in town and i will speak too them and see what they say! thanks again
Chances are they will say 'go along to your local unit(s) and see which one you like'
 
#10
Don’t worry about the skills and strengths you currently have. You will have hidden skills and strengths that you are unaware of, the Army will help you develop.

Best bet is look online at units near you, choose one you are interested in (ask on here, for more advice) and call them to see if you can pop in for a chat.

Ultimately throw yourself into the unit which appeals to you most.

What are you looking at doing?

thankyou very much, i have looked online and i have a couple of local units actually i may give them a call through the week and see if i could call in, i didnt know i could do that until you said, i thought i would just have to go to a career center.

and i'm unsure if i would have to get my fitness up abit more before i apply, i'm nowhere near over weight but i'm not as strong or as fit as i was a couple years back haha, so i have started back in on my training at home and see how i go.

I would like to do infantry, now that i believe women are allowed into Infantry, i personally think id enjoy in a sense and suit that more. But as you said, i think once i have spoke to someone either in careers center or a unit, see where my skills are best laid and see what i uncover with my ability also once i apply and speak too them. I studied computers for 4 years and got the highest marks but i don't know if that would actually be of any use in the army haha, even though i would like to go into Mental Health / Nursing in my day to day life, so that's something else to think about alongside my application as a reserve.

once again though, thankyou for your reply!! I really appreciate it.
 
#11
If you want to try infantry, go for it. You can always change if you find it’s not for you.
 
#12
If you want to try infantry, go for it. You can always change if you find it’s not for you.
I was reading online, various comments on different places and the main reason I asked was women accepted now was due to comments i had read off current and past servicemen stating they don't like seeing women in the army, mostly in infantry and that made me rethink a bit at first, i'm in noway a feminist where i believe that all women should demand to be equal to men, as i don't. both are different and some things are more suited to men than women in a way and excell more at certain things. But i also believe if i want to do something and there is a chance i will be accepted, i will try my hardest to do my best and succeed at it. my neighbours, man and wife are both ex army (unsure if its just due to having a baby, maybe maternity leave in a way, not 100%) i have just found out so i am going to knock over later and see if i can have a talk with them about it.

but i'm determined enough and id like to make my mother, family and country proud.

even if our own country doesn't make us proud atm.. I wont even go into this brexit shit they are pulling.
 

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