Support to Recruiting

The Association carries out a number of tasks in support of recruiting for the Volunteer Reserve Forces.

The Volunteer Reserve is a central component of the country’s defence capability, accounting for approximately one third of the United Kingdom’s Armed Forces.   The Volunteer Reserve is established for 44,000 men and women to serve in the Royal Navy Reserve, the Royal Marines Reserve, the  Army Reserve and the Royal Auxiliary Air Force.  The Volunteer Reserve has a vital role to play in military operations, both abroad and closer to home. It cannot do this without the contribution of its members - motivated people committed to achieving challenging goals; social people hungry for new and interesting experiences; everyday people intent on getting more out of life. 
 
Members of the Volunteer Reserve, ordinary men and women from all walks of life, train at weekends and one evening per week.  This usually amounts to an average attendance of one or two weekends a month plus a two-week annual camp, however the commitment varies between services.   There are many opportunities for members to serve alongside the Regular Forces. 

There are always opportunities in the Volunteer Reserve for British, Irish and Commonwealth citizens between the ages of 16 and 50 (age requirements vary depending on service) looking for a challenging and rewarding spare time activity.  The Volunteer Reserve will train you, get you fit and you will also get paid for your time, as well as having the opportunity to earn a substantial tax-free annual bounty.  You will also meet lots of new people who, like you, are enjoying doing something refreshingly different from their everyday job.

Giving up your spare time to train with the Volunteer Reserve and achieving the high standards required to serve on operations alongside the Regulars is a big challenge.  If you are interested in finding out more about the Volunteer Reserve you should:

  • contact your local unit for more information
  • or visit the main service sites below

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