There are around 30,660 Volunteer Reservists in the UK. Coming from all backgrounds, regions and jobs, these are ordinary men and women who give up their time to train and serve alongside the Regular Forces.
What do they do?
Volunteer Reservists are called out to supplement the Regular Forces whenever Operational demands require it. If they’re mobilised they’ll carry out the same roles to the same high standards as their Regular counterparts. They also receive the same world-class training and develop the same skills.
Why they’re so important
Reservists make up around 14% of the nation's total defence capacity which in turn makes them an essential part of our defence strategy. They are called upon as individuals for their specific skills or as ready-formed units to serve alongside the Regular Forces whenever required.
Regular Reservists are former full-time members of the Armed Forces. They may still be liable for call out for a number of years after their military service has ended, depending on their age, length of original service and the skills they have.
Different types of Reservist
Find out about the different categories of Reservists and the kind of additional duties they can volunteer for, as well as their varying levels of commitment.
The different services
Who they are and what they do. The three Volunteer Reserve Forces.
How to join
If you need any support and advice, your Employer Support Officer will be able to help you.
If you’re interested in becoming a Reservist, take a look at the following websites for more details about the roles available and how to join.