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Frequently asked questions about joining the Army Reserve
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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.
Yes, as an Army Reservist you may be asked to go on operations working alongside full time Soldiers and Officers. This could be in the UK or deployed overseas.
Individuals are liable for mobilisation (to be called up) under the Reserve Forces Act 1996 (RFA96) but this is normally with the agreement of the individual and the employer and is voluntary but may be compulsory if the Government decides.
Yes, it's quite common for Reservists to become full time soldiers. You may have to go through interviews and a selection process, depending on the role that you want, although for many roles the selection is the same. You may have to undergo further training to equip you for your new job. Your Commanding Officer will be able to advise you.
Promotion can be expected depending on an individual’s attitude, aptitude, attendance, and training.
Most people who become Reservists start by going to their nearest unit, as locality is one of the most important elements of the Army Reserve. Each unit will have plenty of roles available for you to choose from.
The Universities Officers’ Training Corps (UOTC) is not your average university society.
The UOTC is where university students have the opportunity to undertake Reserve Officer training modules designed to fit around their degrees. As a member, you will have amazing adventures, develop transferable skills, sporting opportunities and a great social life.
It provides a standard of experience and training that is well respected within the Army, and highly sought after by numerous civilian employers.
As a member of the UOTC, you have no commitment to a career in the Army after university.