‘There’s never been a better time to sign up’

An army officer has said that changes to the way the Army Reserve operates mean there has never been a better time to sign up.

The Government is heavily investing in the Army Reserve – previously known as the Territorial Army – to provide improved kit, better weapon systems and added benefits.

Future Reserves 2020 (FR2020) will see the number of reserve recruits rise to 30,000 by 2018, and will also see an increase in benefits for soldiers including improved kit, pension, health care and holiday entitlement.

Plans will also see whole platoons mobilised, whereas previously individuals were sent to join regular units.

Reserve units are now paired with a regular unit as Government plans for ‘One army – regular and reserve’ forge ahead.

And the training exercise in Cyprus was the first time the one army ideal had been put to the test. Lieutenant Colonel Karl Mace, commanding officer of the Fifth Battalion The Royal Regiment of Fusiliers, said: “Until now it has been a theory, but now we have tried it and it has been successful, it shows we have at the start of a journey that I am confident will deliver integrated operational capability.

“In the field you could not identify who was regular and who was reserve, which proves for me that there is a chance of this initiative being successful and it will work. We are always recruiting and will welcome anyone who wants to find out more.

“There really has never been a better time to join the Army Reserve.”

For more information about joining the reserves, visit www.army.mod.uk call 0845 600 8080 or visit an Army Reserve Centre.