WHAT MAKES A: RESERVIST

Army Reservists serve in the Army in their spare time. They can choose to train in the evenings and at the weekend, combining Army life and their day to day life - and of course they're paid for their time.

Reserve centre finder

Most people serve near where they live. There are Army Reserve centres across Britain, who will welcome you in for a chat and to see what it's like.

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WHO ARE THE ARMY RESERVE?

Commonly asked questions

IS THE ARMY RESERVE THE SAME AS THE TA?

The Territorial Army (TA) was renamed the Army Reserve in 2012, as part of a move to modernise the organisation and make it more relevant to a 21st century role. As a result the Army Reserve has a much more central role in today's Army.

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Reservist commitment


How much time you spend is really up to you - training is flexible and can fit around your life. Most roles will ask you to aim for 27 days a year - and your weekly training session at your unit will count towards this. If you join a specialist unit - it could be as little as 19 days a year.

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Pay and benefits


As a Reservist, you'll be paid a daily rate. You can also earn an annual 'bounty' which is a tax free sum, and there are financial packages available to some people looking to join the Army Reserve. It's not just about money, though, you'll get opportunities to travel and experience things, that as a civilian, simply aren't available. Plus, you'll earn qualifications and promotions as you develop.

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