Local Reserves

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Army Reserves

The Army Reserve is the largest of the Reserve Forces, the others being the Royal Naval Reserve (RNR), the Royal Marines Reserve (RMR) and the Royal Air Force Volunteer Reserve (RAFVR). The Army Reserve provides support to the Regular Army at home and overseas, and throughout its history almost every major operation has seen reservists operate alongside their Regular counterparts.

  • Army Reserve Soldiers come from all walks of life and work part-time as soldiers for the British Army alongside full-time Regular soldiers
  • Regular Reservists are soldiers who have left the Regular army but are recalled in times of need to come back and join operations alongside Regular soldiers


The Role of the Army Reserve

The Army Reserve has two clearly defined roles. Firstly, it provides highly trained soldiers who can work alongside the Regulars on missions in the UK and overseas. Secondly, it gives people who have specialist skills, like medics and engineers, a range of exciting opportunities to use them in new ways.

Over the next few years the role of the Army Reserve will be expanded and they will work even more closely with the rest of the Army. This means that there will be more opportunities for people who want to enjoy the challenges that come with being a Reservist.


Local Army Reserve Units

There are four local Reserve units based in Cheltenham and Gloucester and have a variety of different roles.

These Reserve Units are recruiting now for a variety of jobs.

Further information on each unit, the location and roles available:

A Company 6 Rifles

43 Signal Squadron

243 Field Hospital

Joint Cyber Unit (R)

A new Army Reserve Unit is also forming in Gloucester in the near future which will be part of the Royal Electrical and Mechanical Engineers. Further information will be published here.



If you are interested in joining a reserve unit, contact:

Dave Hineson SSgt | Careers Advisor | Recruiting Group | ARTD | AFCO Gloucester  | Britannia Warehouse | The Docks, Gloucester GL1 2EH

Telephone: 01452 524539 or email.


If you are an employer who would like further information and support on employee reservists, and what it can bring to your team, contact:

Edward P Ross| Senior Careers Adviser ( Bristol ) | Recruiting Group | ARTD | Army Careers Centre,  4 Colston Avenue , Bristol BS1 4TY

Telephone: 01179 262638 or 07738 734001 or email.