Officers most common for the reserve?

otbc

Swinger
According to the army website, joining as a reservist is most commonly done through the Officer route. Or at least that’s my understanding of the wording.

Can anyone shed any light on this? One would think there’d be too many reserve officers to go around!

My friend finished Sandhurst a couple years ago as a reg and is relatively complimentary about reserve officers. But he was a reservist prior to joining as a reg.
 
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Daxx

MIA
Book Reviewer
You might want to re-read your thread title and post to make them more intelligible.
 

D_Gun2019

Swinger
It's probably due to the UOTC's somewhat biasing the results.... As most would join as potential officers.
 
According to the army website, joining as a reservist is most commonly done through the Officer route. Or at least that’s my understanding of the wording.

Can anyone shed any light on this? One would think there’d be too many reserve officers to go around!
Its bollocks - so you might want to read or think about it again.

1 platoon consists of 1 2Lt / Lt and 27 made up of 1 x SNCO, 6 x JNCOs and the rest riflemen. So a ratio of 1:28 for starters. OK across the whole army that ratio comes down a bit, but that is your starting point.
 
Sounds like bollocks. UOTC Officer Cadets aren't Officers until commissioned, and the vast majority never commission. I would hazard a guess that more end up going to the Regular Commissioning Course than the Reserve one.

Anecdotally, I think the ratio of Offr entry to Soldier pan Army is about 1 in 10. LEs obviously skew the figures too, since they are Officers, but joined as soldiers.

If there were more Officers than Soldiers, there would be no one to command, especially because Reservists are mainly at Regimental Duty, whereas Regular Officers spend most of their careers (Captain and above) at staff.
 

Bobby_Bert

Old-Salt
Hi,

The MOD is required to provide Monthly Service Personnel Statistics.

Being incredibly boring I had a look. The 2019 total intake consisted of 11.5 per cent Officers and 88.5 per cent was into Other Ranks.
 
However, the ratio of Very Senior Officers to capital equipment holdings leads to a view of the MOD as a whole being vastly overborne with them!
 

Bob65

Old-Salt
It's probably due to the UOTC's somewhat biasing the results.... As most would join as potential officers.
I bet it's because of all the medical staff in the reserves with day jobs in the NHS. Almost all of them would Captains, the doctors, dentists and surgeons anyway. That will make the reserves look officer-heavy without giving a true picture. There are other specialist units that are all-officer.
 

otbc

Swinger
Interesting replies all. Some conflicting views here but interesting. For those who care here’s the claim on the recruitment site.
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otbc

Swinger
Or perhaps it is trying to say that direct entry is the most usual way to join the AR as an officer ?
That makes a lot of sense. I think that’s answered my initial question! It didn’t seem to make sense the other way around!
 

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