The British Army
army RESERve OFFICER
REACH YOUR POTENTIAL
It’s making lifelong friends. It’s gaining new skills. It’s taking on new challenges. It’s embracing adventure. It’s 100% of your potential in 10% of your time.
Reserve centre finder
Most people serve near where they live. There are Army Reserve centres across Britain, who will welcome you in for a chat and to see what it’s like.
WHAT IS AN ARMY RESERVE OFFICER?
Army Reserve officers command soldiers in Army Reserve units where they plan and deliver training, whilst providing support to the Regular Army when needed. In addition to training, they may be involved in everything from helping the local community to peacekeeping missions overseas.
Reservist Officers are paid for the time they spend serving, but it’s about much more than just the money. They get opportunities to travel and experience things, that as a civilian, simply aren’t available. Plus, earn qualifications and promotions as they develop as an officer.
MEET THE TROOPS
– Chris, Lieutenant, Royal Engineers
Chris is a Civil Engineer, he’s also a keen sportsman and likes adventure. He was looking for something rewarding that could combine all three of his passions. Joining the Army Reserve was the ideal opportunity to make the most of his interests and what he loves to do in his spare time.
ARMY RESERVE OFFICER TRAINING
You can complete your officer training in modules or in one go depending on your circumstances. Both options will see you receive your commission on completion of your training at The Royal Military Academy Sandhurst. Initial officer training is a series of 4 modules.
Consolidated training courses are run at Sandhurst, allowing you to potentially complete all of your Reserve Officer training in a single eight week package. The course ends with a formal Commissioning Parade in front of Old College to which family and friends can be invited.
Module A & B : These are either broken up into seven weekends with an Officer Training Corps or each done as a consolidated two week course at Sandhurst. Module C: This lasts for two weeks and takes place at Sandhurst. Module D: The two week Army Reserve Commissioning Course at Sandhurst, which is the culmination of your leadership and management training.
HOW MUCH TIME WILL IT TAKE ?
How much time you spend is really up to you – training is flexible and can fit around your life. Most roles will ask you to aim for 27 days a year – and your weekly training session at your unit will count towards this. If you join a specialist unit – it could be as little as 19 days a year.
To earn your annual bonus, you’ll need to make sure you to meet your time and training commitment.
LIFE IN THE ARMY RESERVE
One of the Army’s biggest strengths is its people. As an Army Reserve officer, your job is to get the best out of the soldiers who work for you. Army Reserve officers develop and use skills like leadership and man management to motivate soldiers, but also have the opportunity to go on operations, travel and take part in adventurous training activities.
You can join as an Army Reserve officer in these areas; Combat, Engineering, Logistics & Support, Medical, Intelligence, IT & Comms and HR & Finance.
WHAT ABOUT MY DAY JOB?
You must tell your employer when you join the Army Reserve. Most employers are supportive – especially when you take your Army leadership and management skills back in to the workplace. Your job is safe if you need to take time off for Reserve work, but you do need to tell your employer in good time if you need to take time off.
Not sure where to start, or what you could do? Explore our guide to the different ways to join.
Learn about the recruitment process and how to prepare for the Army assessment.