Who can join?
Anyone between the ages of 18 and 43, although the upper age limit may be higher
if you have previous military service.
Would I have to be super fit?
The role of the patrol squadrons is arduous and does require a high degree of physical fitness. However, the training
of the Recruits and Patrol Selection Courses is steady and progressive. We don't
expect you to be super fit on day one. More important is that you have the determination
and commitment to achieve the level of fitness required. Fitness is tested on
an Assessment weekend and this will make it clear whether a potential recruit
is fit enough to start the Recruits' Course.
When can I join?
The HAC runs two Recruits' courses each year, beginning in February/March and
September/October. The Recruits course lasts six months and involves training
each Tuesday evening, roughly one weekend a month and a ten day final assessment.
The Recruits' Course teaches you the very basics of being an infantry soldier though
to prepare people for the Patrol Selection Course it also concentrates quite hard
on fitness and navigation training. You will be taught the basics of living and
operating in the field, weapon handling, drill, basic communications - all skills you
will need to reach "Trained Soldier" standard. The course is challenging but most
people find that it is great fun. Every course has a strong sense of camaraderie,
and you will find yourself making friends that you will keep for life.
Can I transfer between different parts of the Regiment?
Yes - and this is quite common. With its unusual variety of sub-units, the HAC
can offer a long and very varied career.
Will I get paid?
As a Territorial Army soldier you will receive the equivalent
Regular soldier's daily rate of pay, plus an annual tax-free 'bounty'
if you complete the minimum annual training requirement.
How often would I have to train?
On average, an HAC soldier can expect to trin one evening a week and one weekend
a month, plus attend a two-week annual exercise. Membership of the Territorial
Army is not a hobby. As a Territorial Army soldier
you are an integral part of the nation's armed forces. TA soldiers manage successfully
to combine a full TA career with both their civilian employment and family life
- but there will be times when they have to make sacrifices. After all, most
TA training is done during periods when other people would be taking time off
work. Membership of the Territorial Army is thus much easier when you have a supportive
and understanding family.
What about my employer?
Your employer should check out the SaBRE
website. SaBRE (Supporting Britain's Reservists and Employers) was set up in
October 2002 by the Ministry of Defence to help employers understand the role
of Reservists, and the skills they develop. The intensive training that Reservists undertake fosters
a wide range of skills
and qualities, which translate directly into greater effectiveness in the workplace.The
more Reservist employees can take advantage of these opportunities,
the greater their potential to add value in the workplace.
Can I transfer into the HAC?
The HAC is happy to consider direct entry applications from individuals
who are currently serving or have recently left the TA or the Regular
Army. Please contact us for information.