I’m faced with various challenges; no two days are ever the same. As a Section Commander, I’m responsible for the training of Comms Troop.
Our soldiers and officers need to be in contact at all times. You make sure that’s possible by looking after your regiment’s communications equipment.
You set up our cutting-edge systems when we move around the battlefield in fact, you’re often one of the first people on the scene.
You will work closely with officers, passing on information and keeping channels open. You’re trained to use radio and digital communications systems.
You can get qualifications in civilian technology and will learn to drive a range of vehicles. Sports and Adventurous Training add to this exciting dual role.
16 years 6 months - 35 years 6 months
Step 1 You'll start with your initial military training which will teach you how to be a soldier - this will cover everything from fieldcraft to how to handle a rifle.
If you join as a Junior Soldier (under 17 years 5 months), you’ll do a 23-week basic military training course at Harrogate.
If you join as a Regular Soldier (over 17 years 1 month), you’ll do the regular 14-week adult basic training.
Age : 16 years 6 months - 35 years 6 months
QUALIFICATIONS : No formal qualifications required
FITNESS : Mid Thigh Pull 46kgMedicine Ball Throw 3.1m2km run 11m 15s (11m 30s for Junior Entry)
Step 2 Next you go to Leconfield for 23 weeks. Over the first 15 weeks, you’re trained to be an Army Driver. You get a range of licences including HGV, plus Hazardous Materials qualifications.
Then you have 6 weeks of Basic Signaller Class 3 training, where you learn about communications equipment. :
QUALIFICATIONS YOU COULD GET AFTER TRAINING
PAY & BENEFITS
Earn £15,230 during training. When your Initial training is finished, and you join your unit as a Private your pay will rise to £18,859.
Learn about rank progression here.
You’ll get paid a day rate according to your rank, starting from £37.47 in training and rising to £46.42 per day once you’re a Private.
This includes being paid for weekly drill nights. Plus, if you complete all of your annual training days, you’re entitled to a tax-
free lump sum called a bounty.More about Reserve benefits