The Army Reserve (previously known as the Territorial Army), is an integral part of the Armed Forces, and in times of war and national emergency the UK depends on Reserve soldiers to support the Regular army. Army Reserve units are made up of trained soldiers who may be asked to join up with regular units to boost their manpower, or alternatively they can be deployed as a fully formed Army Reserve unit.
To join the Army Reserve, you should be physically fit, aged between 17 and 31 (but older if you have had previous Army experience, depending on the circumstances), and able to spare one evening a week, one weekend each month and two weeks a year to train. As an army reservist you can:
- Learn a trade which provides a civilian as well as a military qualification
- Experience working as a key member of a team in challenging situations
- Improve your management, leadership and communication skills
- Experience some real adventure, enjoyment and comradeship
- Earn Army daily rates of pay and qualify for an annual tax-free bonus
As all trained members of the Army Reserve are liable to be deployed on service, you may serve as an integral part of a military force anywhere in the world – most recently Army Reservists personnel have served in Afghanistan and Iraq. Reservists train in their own time and remain civilians, but in a state of national emergency or war they could be called up to become a full-time soldier.
Army Reserve in the Lowlands of Scotland
The Army Reserve is the largest of the Reserve Forces and the lowlands of Scotland is home to a wide range of Army Reserve units, each seeking individuals with different skills and experience.
Many Reservists join and train their local unit, while some units are looking for professionals already working within the same sector. So wherever you live, and whatever you do, fitting the Army Reserve into your life is easier than you think:
Army Medical Services – 205 (Scottish) Field Hospital (Edinburgh, Glasgow) and 144 Para Medical Squadron (Glasgow)
Military Intelligence – 5 MI (Glasgow, Edinburgh)
Parachute Regiment – 4 PARA (Glasgow)
Royal Artillery – 105 Regiment (Edinburgh, Glasgow, Livingston)
Royal Electrical & Mechanical Engineers – 102 Battalion (East Kilbride)
Royal Engineers – 71 Engineer Regiment (Paisley)
Royal Logistic Corps – 154 (Scottish) Regiment, RLC (Edinburgh, Glasgow, Irvine)
Royal Military Police – 1 RMP (Livingston)
Royal Regiment of Scotland – 6SCOTS (Ayr, Bathgate, Dumfries, Edinburgh, Galashiels, Motherwell)
Royal Signals – 32 Signals (Edinburgh, Glasgow)
Scottish & North Irish Yeomanry – SNIY (Ayr, Edinburgh, Glasgow)
Special Forces (Reserves)