Reserve Pay

Fhaggis

Clanker
I should probably know this as 've been trying to join up for ages but covid keeps getting in the way and me joining up isn't really about the money, but what do reservists get paid?

what is the pay for attending drill nights? training weekends, training camps etc? is there still a bounty bonus? might be getting mixed up but has that stopped for people signing up after April 2020?

i have looked online but can't get any actual figures.
 

RTU'd

LE
Officer or Private?
Money should not be a motivation to join as you might get trade/specialist pay depending on unit?
 

chimera

LE
Moderator
You are paid a day rate for each day of training you undertake. "Drill nights" are proportionately less (i.e. maybe half a day).

The pay rate is (to all intents and purposes) the same as a Regular, so you can find that online.

Most AR will put in around 40 - 60 days per year, so you can do the maths.
 

legobrick

Old-Salt
Officer or Private?
Money should not be a motivation to join as you might get trade/specialist pay depending on unit?
Couldn't agree more, the money should never be the main driver for joining the AR, but if you put the effort in you can bank a nice sum each year.
 

Fhaggis

Clanker
Private, as I said not about the money, hence why I don’t know... just wondering how much it will actually be, I have £18 for a drill night in my head but don’t know if I’ve made it up
 

tiny_recy_mac

Old-Salt
A standard 1930-2130 drill night attracts a 1/4 days pay. If you travel to the ARC you also get a home to duty allowance.

Some units have gone to an indirectly supervised PT element during lock that for 2 sessions a week (we log them on strava or zoom PT session) as set by the PT staff attracts another 1/4 day per week. This gets paid as part of the drill night so I get a 1/2 day every week.

After basic training I was on £40 per day so for a typical drill night I got £12 including travel. For a weekend starting at 1900 on a Friday and finishing at 1600 on a Sunday I got 2&1/2 days plus travel so £104. This has increased significantly now I am a Cpl with trade pay. My 2 PT sessions a week net me the same amount as a cheap monthly gym membership fee.

The basic pay scales are available online. If you can only find the regular ones divide the salary by 365 to get a day rate.
 
Bounty is indeed still a thing, and I'm sure the hunters are out in force as we approach the end of March.

Worth pointing out that i you are a high band tax payer in your main employment (assuming you have a steady full time job) then HMRC will take a bite out of your pay, so you may end up taking home quite a bit less than the minimum wage when worked out on a per hour basis.
 

The_Duke

LE
Moderator
Bounty is indeed still a thing, and I'm sure the hunters are out in force as we approach the end of March.

Worth pointing out that i you are a high band tax payer in your main employment (assuming you have a steady full time job) then HMRC will take a bite out of your pay, so you may end up taking home quite a bit less than the minimum wage when worked out on a per hour basis.
And if you have to take unpaid leave to conduct any training, you may even end up breaking even or possibly even making a loss on it :)
 

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