Reserve or Regular Officer

Hi all, was wondering if I could get some answers to some questions i can't seem to find anywhere on the other chats.

Basically I applied to be a RM officer 5 years ago, passed the POC & AIB. But didn't get selected for the batch. Then i got a letter from the army saying i could get short tracked to Sandhurst due to my AIB pass, but failed the medical.

They said I could reapply come 2021 so here i am. I've just passed medical - I'm still set on joining but now i'm 28 i'm also looking at reserve options as I have a job and a life to leave now i'm that bit older.

What I can't figure out is the following....

1. Can you actually just join as reservist officer then apply to join a unit like 3PWRR? I've read so much about sponsorship and UOTC route i'm a bit confused on how it works.

2. As an officer in the reserve would you actually ever get deployed? or is your role more of managing the reserve unit and keeping people ready so it has men ready to step up and join the regular unit when needed?


Thanks a lot!
 
1. you just join a Reserve Unit as a soldier, express interest in becoming an Officer and you go from there

2. Yes. You can volunteer to deploy.
 

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Hi all, was wondering if I could get some answers to some questions i can't seem to find anywhere on the other chats.

Basically I applied to be a RM officer 5 years ago, passed the POC & AIB. But didn't get selected for the batch. Then i got a letter from the army saying i could get short tracked to Sandhurst due to my AIB pass, but failed the medical.

They said I could reapply come 2021 so here i am. I've just passed medical - I'm still set on joining but now i'm 28 i'm also looking at reserve options as I have a job and a life to leave now i'm that bit older.

What I can't figure out is the following....

1. Can you actually just join as reservist officer then apply to join a unit like 3PWRR? I've read so much about sponsorship and UOTC route i'm a bit confused on how it works.

2. As an officer in the reserve would you actually ever get deployed? or is your role more of managing the reserve unit and keeping people ready so it has men ready to step up and join the regular unit when needed?


Thanks a lot!

1. It's quite a long path to join as a reservist officer, as @Commentator said, units often prefer guys to join as a soldier first, decide if they like them, then commission them as an officer. There are other routes like UOTC but the detail is usually quite regiment-specific. Best option is to go to the unit themselves and ask their process.

2. ...you can get deployed, but it's highly unlikely you would get deployed in the role you want (i.e. if infantry, a combat role). Particularly these days, when anything that sniffs a little bit exciting will have umpteen Regular officers lining up to do it. More likely that you will get deployed in a headquarters or as a watchkeeper (paperwork sentry duty) somewhere. This may be different if you have a specific expertise (i.e. a language) or role, but those roles aren't Reserve infantry officers. Even then the Army is terrible at linking civilian expertise up to military requirements, so don't bet on it.

If you are really fixed on the Army, want the infantry / combat arms, I would personally suggest going a Regular short service commission. You are more likely to get out of it what you want. You will always have the option to leave and/or transfer to the Reserves. It is your call whether it is worth trading in your current life / job for this.

As a Reserve infantry officer, not only is it much less certain that you will get a commission, but it takes longer, they don't really get employed in role, and - starting at 28 - by the time you get the rank to be eligible for decent jobs, you are quite likely to be too old and have basically invalidated yourself out.
 

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