There used to be a possibility of transferring under FTRS (Full Time Reserve Service) but I'm not sure if this option still exists. A good question to ask yourself is "What do I bring to the party?". The Infantry, if that's who you work for, are not short of Regular applicants who will have had more training than you. If you work for a different regiment where your civilian qualifications are useful than you may be more eligable for transfer. Contact your PSAO who should know more. Make sure you double check any transfer paperwork for speeling errars.
You can apply to join the Regular Army at any time but if you are already a TA soldier it can be harder than just a normal applicant. Firstly you need a letter of reccomondation from your CO and also then 203 Special Enlistment authority is sent by the Recruiter at the ACIO up to SO2 Soldier Casework Regular to assess and grant you permission to apply. Once this is done you do the whole selection process including BARB, Medical and ADSC plus basic training. It is slightly different if you have just completed a tour and may have to go up to MCM Div in Glasgow and may not have to do the whole selection/training and also if your currently on OPs and get asked if you want to transfer to Regs a hell of a lot easier. If in any doubt speak to your local ACIO for more details or PSAO.
on a serious note as said by the others it can be admin nightmare, when i was in the TA, the PSAO said he could help when i said i was interested in transferring to the dragoons, as it was his former regiment, or there was the FTRS route where you just kept extending it, or thirdly the tour route, but being the army all can be an equal admin nightmare, i left the TA last year and am in the process of getting fit to apply for the regs, as i see it as cheating a bit if i got in without doing the full 14 week phase 1 basic, but that's just me
As said in my post its a possibility but needs to be done whilst out on tour, Ive seen a number of TA soldiers who had the chance out on tour who didnt decide to join until Endex and return to blighty. A few weeks later they decided to join but got turned down by MCM Div, if they had said yes whilst in Afghan they would of been accepted.
Better check your facts fellas. Doing a tour (mobilisation) is exactly that; you conduct an Op tour often (but not always) as an Individual Augmentee to a Regular Regt/Bn. This slot will have been allocated by Land Forces as a requirement to be filled by either the TA or the Reserve (FTRS types).
The regs are not taking TA personnel at present as they are getting enough troops from Ph 2 at present. This is DMA policy at present and is being enforced by APC.
If you apply for an FTRS contract, it will run out eventually! It DOES NOT entitle you to identical TACOS as your regular counterparts. My advice? MTFU and go regular if that's what you truly want as the training and preparation and remuneration you will receive will be greater than with the TA. If you're "not sure and want a look at life" as a reg on a tour or FTRS, you're limiting your options for the future as the army is actively limiting those "back door" routes under SDSR.
Good luck with whatever choice you make.
If FR20 is to believed, one of the aspirations for the future is greater mobility between the reserve and active component.
In an ideal world, there shouldn't be an talky of 'double standards' or 'back door routes' if the standards are the same. If we are to achieve this goal, then I think TA training (and TACOS) will need to change significantly.
Majority of what you wrote is correct but this part is false and have in the last few weeks/months had a number of serving TA soldiers allowed to start or carry on through the process as a normal applicant from 203 action, those who have had operational experience do find it harder to get accepted and as you say APC may not allow to go through the process. I do also totally agree that both TA recruitment and Regular Recruitment should be identical, we are coming to the end of a month of heightened TA Recruitment in the ACIO's.
Yes, and it was one of the key aspirations outlined in the Graduated Committment Model circa 2006. I hate to think of myself as a cynic, but I find myself in a state of perpetual scepticism when it comes to military reforms...
As for the OP - what purpose does it serve the Army ( regardless of their committment ) for someone to join the TA with the express intention of transferring to the regular component as soon as possible?