FAQ's

Frequently asked questions

How do I join the Army Reserves?


To find out how to join the Army Reserves, visit the following page on the British Army website - https://apply.army.mod.uk/ You don't have to wait until you've applied to get in touch with us - we have open nights each Tuesday where you can come along and see what it's like for yourself.




What are the entry requirements for joining 135 Geographic Squadron?


These are some of the top level entry requirements:

  1. To join as a soldier, you must apply by the time you are 49 years and 11 months. You must start Phase 1 training by your 51st birthday and be in Phase 2 by your 52nd birthday.
  2. Fitness levels required depend on age and gender. We are not looking for superheroes, whilst a decent level of fitness is required, we will train you up to the correct fitness levels.




Where are 135 located and how can I organise a visit?


135 Geo Sqn has 3 locations:

  1. Ewell, near Epsom in Surrey
  2. Reading in Berkshire
  3. RAF Wyton, near Huntingdon in Cambridgeshire
For more detail such as addresses and phone numbers go here




How many days training will I need to do?


The commitment required to acquire the annual bounty is 27 days per year. For Geo Vocational Specialists there is a reduced committment of 19 days per year. Many squadron members choose to do more.

This might seem like a lot, but it is relatively easy to accomplish as the majority of the training is done in your spare time.

Your annual camp is initially 2 weeks, some employers give additional special leave for reserve service. Ask your employer's HR department.

Once you are trained this can be broken down into smaller chunks of training. Add in a few weekends and attend a few drill nights (each is a quarter day) and the days soon add up!




I am unsure whether to join the Army reserve / Squadron, what should I do?


You are not alone, this is quite common. Why not come and visit us to get more information? We can answer all your questions face to face and you can meet and chat to other reservists about the Squadron, training and way forward. Do not worry there is no obligation to join after you visit, but hopefully you will.




What are the benefits of being a Reservist within the Squadron?


The benefits and experiences are great:

Training

• Learn military skills such as shooting, navigation and survival training

• Learn enhanced computer skills, how to produce a map in the field, and how to be a surveyor

• Learn a variety of managerial skills and accredited qualifications that will help your civilian CV

• Learn to drive - gaining car and truck licenses and develop your cross country driving skills.

Adventure Trg / sport

• Sqn members have parachuted, canoed, sailed, climbed and undertaken adventurous expeditions worldwide, and paid to do so!

Leadership and instructional skills

• Whether you join as a soldier or officer, there are leadership opportunities at all ranks. All Sqn members receive world class leadership training enabling promotion through the ranks.

• Not only do we provide all instruction required, you too could become an instructor.

• Sqn members have parachuted, canoed, sailed, climbed and undertaken adventurous expeditions worldwide, and paid to do so!

Leadership and instructional skills

• Whether you join as a soldier or officer, there are leadership opportunities at all ranks. All Sqn members receive world class leadership training enabling promotion through the ranks.

• Not only do we provide all instruction required, you too could become an instructor.

Comradeship/friendship

• You will meet many like-minded people within the Army, both Regular (full time) and Reserve (part time), many of whom will become life-long friends. It is a great networking opportunity

Opportunities to travel and potentially deploy

• Sqn members have exercised in countries as wide apart as Canada, USA, Kenya, Ecuador, Jordan, Germany, South Africa, Thailand, Norway, Nepal, Belize, the list goes on….

• Sqn members have deployed on operations to support Defence in many countries including Afghanistan, Iraq, Canada, the Balkans and Sierra Leone.

• Opportunities continue to deploy both at home and abroad to support UK and NATO Defence. A real job, making a real difference.




Do I get paid?


Yes

• Currently we pay you for when you attend and also pay certain expenses. This starts at £37.47 as a recruit rising to £46.42 upon pass out. Pay continues to rise with qualifications and promotion.

• You get payment in lieu of holiday (1 day for each 10 trained) and you are also eligible for an Army pension.

• For attending predefined training and passing annual basic soldier tests you get a tax-free Bounty payment. This starts at £440 and rises to £1759 after 5 years

• As a new entrant there are the following incentives for you to pass Selection and various career courses:

You can also receive up to £2,300 joining incentive when you join the Army Reserve (conditions apply) and an annual tax free bounty (subject to completing a certain number of training days and achieving certain minimum training standards) of £440 in year 1, £972 in year 2, £1,502 in years 3/4 and £1,759 in year 5 and beyond. It’s a great way to put some extra cash in your wallet. Your pay covers time spent training and travelling to your unit and meals when on duty and in uniform.




Will I be mobilised?


The potential for mobilisation is a fact of life for reservists, but there are appeal options should mobilisation be a problem due to your circumstances at a particular time.

No reservists are deployable until they have received the necessary training, so while you are a recruit you will not be mobilised

Mobilisation does not necessarily mean going abroad, some potential jobs are based in the UK.

Most reservists who have been deployed say that it is one of the best things they have ever done.




Once I have joined what is next?


Following success at the Army Selection Centre you undertake basic recruit training and then become traded as a Combat Engineer and in the Geo trade. See here for more info.




What are the terms and conditions of service?


The Terms and Conditions of service can be found at the link below: http://www.army.mod.uk/documents/general/TermsofService.pdf




How do I get ready for Army selection?


Please visit the following link for advice on how to get ready for Army selelction: http://www.army.mod.uk/join/Getting-yourself-ready.aspx





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