If you’re looking for something extra from your life, an exciting, challenging and rewarding experience in your spare time, then the Territorial Army (TA) could be for you. The TA offers the best of both worlds to those who want to experience Army life but do not wish to make a full time commitment.
Nationwide, the TA makes up one quarter of the strength of the British Army and now routinely works side-by-side with the Regulars. The TA has been significantly involved with defensive, humanitarian and peacekeeping operations in Afghanistan, Bosnia, Kosovo, Sierra Leone and Iraq.
Through your TA training and regular exercises you’ll learn a range of valuable skills which can benefit you in your civilian life; your personal fitness will improve and you’ll meet a great bunch of people. There will also be plenty of opportunity for overseas travel, and a wide and exciting variety of both adventure training and sport.
What Territorial Army units are there in East Anglia?
There are 17 TA units offering a huge variety of activities and trades including:
- Royal Artillery
- Royal Engineers
- Royal Signals
- Special Forces
- Army Air Corps
- Royal Logistic Corps
- Royal Army Medical Corps
- Royal Electrical Mechanical Engineers
- Intelligence Corps
- Royal Military Police
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Who can join?
Men and women wishing to join the Territorial Army need to be aged between 18 and 43 – in certain circumstances the upper age limit can be higher – and be a citizen of the United Kingdom, Commonwealth or Republic of Ireland and should normally have lived in the UK for at least five years. Start your mission by clicking here.
What is the commitment?
Most units train one evening a week – usually a Tuesday or Wednesday, plus one weekend a month and there is normally a 2-week camp, frequently abroad.
Once trained, you are liable for call-out under the Reserve Forces Act 1996. If you are mobilised, your regular job will be legally protected and you and your employer both have the right to seek exemption or deferral under certain circumstances.
What is the reward?
You’ll be paid at an equivalent rate of pay to that of the Regular Army, receive travel expenses and be entitled to a tax-free annual bounty (£405 in the first year, rising to £1,596 after 5 years) if you achieve the required standards.
Training to become an Officer in the Territorial Army is a challenge quite unlike anything you are likely to encounter in civilian life.
If you have an appetite for responsibility and a basic ability to lead and motivate others then becoming a TA Officer could be one of the best decisions you’ll make in your adult life. Without the leadership of its officers the TA would not be able to play the significant role that it does within the British Army. The benefits are considerable:
- Be a vital part of the British Army
- Receive world class training, including the TA Commissioning Course at Sandhurst
- Meet new challenges which will help you realise your potential
- Lead and manage an exceptional team
- Make new friends and have some serious fun
- Be paid at the same rate as your counterparts in the Regular Army