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The Army Reserve is recruiting

3rd October 2014

The Army Reserve is recruiting

Ex Gurkhas Now By Capt Lok Bahadur Gurung,

QGOO/SO3 Tx General

As part of the Army 2020, the Army Reserve is recruiting Ex Regular Soldiers. So, if you have already retired or about to retire from the Regular Army, you can join back to the Reserves in all cap badges with no new skills or qualifications. The government is also offering handsome benefits to the Ex Regulars when they join the Reserves. The aim of this article is to provide you with summary of benefits that you may be entitled if you join the Army Reserves now.

Financial Incentives

All Reserve soldiers are entitled to receive Annual Army Reserve Training Bounty of £1,690 when they meet the minimum annual commitment and the Army Reserve salary. On top of this, from 1 April 2014, the Army Reserve is offering a number of new and revitalized financial incentives to Ex-Regulars a sum up to £10,000. Normally, this is divided over four payments:

  • £2,000 on approval by the CO of your Army Reserve unit.
  • £3,000 after completing your first year full training commitment.
  • £3,000 after completing your second year full training commitment.
  • £2,000 after completing your third year full training commitment.

To be eligible for £10,000 you must meet the following criteria:

  • You must have completed at least four years Regular service with the rank of Captain or below.
  • You must join the Army Reserve before 31 March 2017.
  • You must have left the Regular Army no more than six years before enlisting into the Army Reserve.
  • You must have applied for and be capable of employment in a post approved by an Army Reserve units’ CO.
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  • You must be Medically Fully Deployable (MFD) or Medically Limited Deployable (MLD).

Reduced Commitment

The Army Reserve is also offering reduced commitment for the Ex Regulars.

Annual Training Requirement.

For the Ex Regulars, the minimum qualifying period for the annual Army Reserve Training Bounty has been reduced from 27 to 19 days.


Army Reserve units’ CO have the discretion to reduce the MATT requirements.

Relaxation of Call-out Liability.

Ex-Regular personnel joining the Army Reserve will not be obliged to fulfill their call-out liability, less for the circumstances stipulated under RFA 96, Section 52: National danger, civil emergency or imminent attack on UK.

Other Benefits

Furthermore, everyone will also be benefited on the followings:

  • Pay and expenses when training.
  • Adventurous opportunities.
  • New friends/ Social events.
  • Paid leave.
  • Access to Armed Forces Pension Scheme.
  • OCC Health Support.

Application Process

Serving Personnel.

Unit’s RCMO is the first port of call for personnel leaving the Regular Army. If you are a Service leaver, you have to complete the application for enlistment in the TA – Serving Soldier, Appendix 2 To Annex B To 2012DIN01-164 dated Aug 12, prior to your last day in the service.

Ex-Service Personnel.

Ex-Regular wishing to join the Army Reserve should in the first instance, research the Army Reserve unit. This can be achieved by liaising with the nearest Army Reserve unit RCMO or local Army Career Centre. Applications to join should be submitted on-line.

To visit nearest Army Regional Recruiting Centre logon to:

Tel: 08456008080

For online Application:

Tel 0345 600 8080.

Further more, any Ex Gurkhas who wishes to know more about joining the Army Reserve may also contact one of the following individuals’:

Capt Lok Gurung (QG SIGNALS).

SO3 Transition.

Headquarters Brigade of Gurkhas

Former Army Staff College, CAMBERLEY, Surrey, GU15 4PQ.

Tel:  01276 412619.


Maj Buddhi Gurung (Ex QG SIGNALS).


7 Rifles. Brock Barracks, Oxford Road, Reading, RG30 1HW.

Tel: 01189 530237.


Maj Khim Gauchan (Ex QOGLR).


151 Regt RLC. Sydenham Road, CROYDON, CR0 2EW.

Tel: 020 8760 7103.


Maj Dudh Gurung (Ex QG Engr).


579 Field Squadron (EOD. St John’s Road, Tunbridge Wells, Kent,  TN4 9UU.

Tel: 01892 556831.


WO2 Serbahadur Gurung (Ex 1 RGR).

Youth Engagement Warrant Officer,

2 Brigade. Sir John Moore Barracks, Shorncliffe, Folkestone, Kent CT20 3HF.
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Tel: 94281 2380.

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