Reserve Soldier Application Process

Becoming an Army Reservist - what happens when you apply?

Joining Steps: Reserve Soldier

  • Stage 1Meet Your Unit

    Now that you've applied, you'll be given a Candidate Support Manager. You can also follow your progress online. You'll normally be invited to meet your chosen unit and find out more, while giving the team a chance to see if you are a good fit. The team will tell you about the different roles that are available. During your meeting the team will help you plan what you need to do to go on to the next stage.

  • Stage 2Assessment Centre

    Your assessment will last for 2 days and will take place in one of our Assessment Centres in the UK. We will pay for your travel to get there and back.

    This is your chance to see whether the Army is right for you, and for us to see whether you're suitable to join. During your stay, the assessment will include:

    • A full medical examination.

    • Physical and mental tests.

    • Team exercises to see how you work with other people.

    • An interview.

    If you're successful at the Assessment Centre, you can enlist when you arrive back at your unit.

    Find out what to expect at assessment

  • Stage 3After Assessment

    Once you've passed the assessment centre, and you've enlisted. you're ready to start your training. We'll still need to run some background checks, but these are nothing to worry about.*

    As a Reservist you will have the option to complete your training in smaller chunks (eg weekends) or to do it in one go. You'll also be welcome to join your new unit's drill nights before you're fully trained.

    *We work with the following agencies for this information: Disclosure and Barring Service; Disclosure Scotland; Access Northern Ireland and National Security Vetting.

Reserve Units

Find your local Army Reserve Centre and start the journey today.