ABOUT REJOINING

We value your previous service, and if you're thinking of coming back, there's a job waiting for you. If you have served in the Regular Army, you can return to full time service even if you left under the Armed Forces Redundancy Scheme. There are also opportunities for personnel from the other services to join the Army.

We have a dedicated team of experts waiting to answer your questions about rejoining, and are on hand to help you through the process quickly and easily. 

Want to talk about your options? Call us on 0345 600 8080

DID YOU KNOW?

Depending on your personal circumstances, if you've left within the last 12 months, you could be fast tracked, and back with us within a month - or sooner.

CAN I REJOIN?

What are the training requirements?
If you've completed Phase 1 training, and are a ex-Regular soldier, or commissioned officer, in the Army, RAF Regiment or Royal Marines, you can apply to rejoin at any time. The details of your rejoining will vary on a case to case basis.
If you didn't complete your Phase 1 training, you'll need to re-enlist.


I'm a Reservist and want to go full time
Your unit will manage your career, and will be able to help you move across to Regular service.

What's the age limit to rejoin?
Rejoiners can start the application process as long as they enlist before their 57th birthday.

What if I was Medically Non-Deployable?
If you were medically discharged your details will be reviewed and treated on a case by case basis.

What if I was dishonourably discharged?
You can apply to rejoin. Each rejoiner will be considered on a case by case basis dependent on the nature of the discharge and the needs of the Army. If you are not suitable, we will let you know why, and if there is a possibility you can apply in the future.

What if I want to rejoin the Army Reserve?
Completed Phase 1 and 2 training, and are a ex-Regular or Reserve soldier, or commissioned officer, in the Army, RAF Regiment or Royal Marines. More about rejoining as a Reservist.

KEY FACTS ABOUT REJOINING

YOUR SERVICE DETAILS

  • Service number
  • Dates of service
  • Discharge reasons
  • Previous regiments/units
  • Medical grading on discharge
This info will determine which process you will follow, either rejoiner or re-enlister.

PAY and RANK

You can rejoin at your previous rank if there is a job vacancy available. If there are no vacancies at that level, you may be offered a role at a lower rank.

Your pay will depend on the rank and seniority that you are awarded when you rejoin as stated in your Terms of Engagement from the Army Personnel Centre.

Re-enlisters will be paid as a new entrant.

rejoiner or re-enlister?

Rejoiner
Trained Ex-Regular personnel, including those who left through redundancy, ex MPGS and ex-Royal Gibraltar Regiment personnel, Ex RM and Ex-RAF Regt personnel

Re-enlister
Untrained Ex-Service personnel who have not completed Phase 1 (Basic) training
Royal Navy and RAF applicants

REDUNDANCY

If more than 2 years have elapsed since your redundancy it is unlikely you will pay anything back.

  • Call SPVA 0800 085 3600 for details about how your redundancy will be affected.

do i have to redo basic training?

Rejoiners will not usually need to redo Basic training. We assess people on a case by case basis, and training will be provided if needed. You won't need to attend selection again either.

Re-enlisters are likely to have to complete Basic training again. You may need to attend selection as part of the process.

pension

Your pension will stop when you re-join and you will accumulate a new AFPS15 pension. When you discharge again a new calculation will be made with your old and new pension.

If you receive a medical pension, this will stop if you're declared fit for service.

Call SPVA for more details about your pension.

CHOOSING YOUR cap badge or corps

You can apply to the capbadge or Corps of your choice; however, available vacancies may mean that it is not always possible to offer you your desired choice.

You can rejoin into a different capbadge, but you may need to do trade training again if you're accepted.

service number

If you joined the military, or were serving, after 2006 it is likely you are on JPA already, in which case you will retain your service number.

If you left before 2006 it is unlikely your record will be on JPA in which case a new service number will be assigned to you.

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what are my Options?


There are many opportunities for soldiers and officers to rejoin now. Trade and rank vacancies change all the time, so get in touch with us now to find out more:

HOW TO APPLY?


Contact our Rejoiners team and let them know you're interested. Make sure you tell us your previous Service number and rank.  They'll advise you about the steps you'll need to take.

RELATED ARMY ROLES

JOINING THE MILITARY PROVOST GUARD SERVICE

Who can join the Military Provost Guard Service (MPGS)? 

Trained soldiers (Regular or Reserve), having served in the Army, Navy or RAF, for at least 3 years of consecutive service and discharged within the last 6 years (or 10 if Substantive Corporal or above).

 

About the role

The primary role of the MPGS is to counter the terrorist threat posed to military bases within the UK mainland through the provision of armed guarding services. 

Duties:

  • Controlling entry and exit to a site 
  • Managing control room operations and ensuring all visitors are dealt with efficiently
  • Patrolling site perimeters and taking necessary action to preserve perimeter security
  • Security incident management such as suspicious packages, bomb threats, protests etc
  • Military Working Dogs Services at some sites
  • All operate a 4 days on, 4 days off shift system, with continuation training conducted during the 4 days off period. Soldiers cycle between days and nights every 8 calendar days.