If you're thinking of volunteering for the Reserve Forces, whatever path you take, joining the Reserves is a big commitment.
If you are considering joining the Reserve Forces, make sure you:
- read about your legal rights and responsibilities towards your employer;
- find out whether your employer has any written policies relating to the Reserve Forces or other similar activities; and
- check your employment contract for any conditions on joining the Reserve Forces or generally taking other paid employment.
What you’ll need to put in
Something you’ll have to think about is your training commitments. On top of your normal job you’ll also be expected to train with your unit for a minimum number of days each year.
Talking to your employer
If you have an open and honest dialogue with your employer about being a Reservist, they are much more likely to be supportive. Under the Employer Notification system, unless you live in Northern Ireland, the Ministry of Defence will tell your employer that you are in the Reserve Forces. However, it is better if your employer finds out from you first.
As a Reservist you’ll be gaining experiences that you’d never get in civilian life whilst learning a wide range of valuable skills. Explaining the value of your skills and experience to your employer will help later on when asking time off for training or mobilisation.
Who to contact for advice or support
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.