Reserves to Regulars (Midway through Process)

Discussion in 'Join the Army - Regular Soldier Recruitment' started by Sam McNab, Feb 24, 2016.

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  1. Hello,

    I couldn't find this anywhere else but if it has been posted before please link me to it.


    I am at the Medical form stage of my application for the Reserves but have to wait till May to do my selection etc due to only being 17. After a few weeks of pondering on my full time job due to a few reasons I keep having the thought of leaving and going straight into Regulars.

    Due to the fact im at the Medical Stage would I need to start the full process again including my face to face interview etc or can I pick up where I am now in the Reserves Pipeline.

    I know its my decision but anyone have any advice in general for the change etc. I am a fairly impatient person and when I am motivated I generally don't stop till I get where I want to be. Should I just wait and hang on till I get into Reserves in May or take the jump and go to Regs

    Thanks in advance
  2. Just go for it and phone them up and ask to get the application changed over. Before your mid-20s you'll have nothing to lose and it'll be much better for you if you get it done and go regular. The Reserve is an old man's game and attracts ex-army and older types (late 20s and early 30s). They generally don't provide the opportunities or experience that you'll need and be expected to have as a regular soldier anyway.
  3. Thanks man, still pondering but im swaying more towards the regulars at the moment its just how big a career change it would be etc
  4. They play it up as a career but the reserve isn't. Max time you'll be working and paid for is 32hours a month. A MONTH! The hourly pay for a recruit in the reserve is £4.50 and your working day is calculated as 8hours, so £36 a day. The pay goes up to £45 when you complete training. Current UK minimum wage is £52 for an 8 hour working day, and keep in mind you WILL be working longer than 8 hours as an army reservist. With the minimum wage changing in april it'll go up to £57. Would you still want to spend your weekends being fcuked about on that amount of money after 10 years in? Absolutely not, because your civvie life will always be paying and giving more. Regulars is the way forward.
  5. It is?

    Ah, looks like you're either a Regular or a Reservist who sets himself a depressingly low standard which you continually fail to achieve.

    AR and Regular Army are obviously different beasts. Plenty of nippers as well as wrinklies in the Reserves. Plenty of opportunity if you want it. You can do as much or as little as you want in the Reserves.
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  6. Yeah I never thought of it that way. Its just a pretty big jump its generally a 50/50 split but its just the fact I would be leaving a stable full time job to take the risk
  7. Can you stop spouting rubbish about the Reserves?
  8. There is no reason why you can't join the Regulars, get a few years under your belt and some skills, or a trade. If I was to join the Army today I'd seriously look at something that has transferable skills, for example the Royal Engineers.

    You're young enough to have the options. If you're unsure, get a taste of Service life by joining the Reserves.
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  9. I was looking at joining as a CMT and if I was to come out look at paramedic on civi street. The only thing holding me back from regs is the fact I have the stable job at the moment and the fact that If I was to resign, and not get through phase 1 for any reason I would be out of a job and they dont come round easily enough if you know what I mean
  10. You're young. If you're worried about being binned, make sure you work your arrse off...

    Fear of failure is a decent motivator.
  11. Very true. I guess I just need to weigh up the different options etc and ponder on it and either stay comfortable or take the plunge
  12. You're young enough that - honestly - it won't matter. Just do it...
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  13. Cheers :)
  14. I'm not sure what kind of job you have at 17, but I can promise you when you look back in 10 years' time, you will not give two hoots about the job you had at 17. Unless you're a porn star or work in a lingerie shop.
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  15. Reserves allows you to have do both. For me, I would have to be a Lt Col in the Army to earn the same as I do in my proper job (I am in my early 30s). But I can offer some thing to the Army no regulars can, because they spend all day being in the Army and not in industry. I think we work well together. No one is better than the other, just different.