Australian Army Reserve
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The Army Reserve is a dynamic, supportive and future focused organisation. Working alongside the full-time Army, we are a fully-trained, part-time defence force comprising of more than 14,000 part-time soldiers and officers across 50 reserve units in Australia.

Our core purpose is to support the Army in defending Australia’s interests, equipped with advanced weaponry, vehicles, technology and military tactics. You’ll get involved in rewarding activities such as supporting humanitarian missions, disaster-relief activities, security tasks and combat operations. With a desire to ‘give something back’, you’ll be serving the country you love and benefitting the broader community.

Members of the Army Reserve gain great satisfaction from the rewarding work, travel, teamwork and camaraderie. You’ll also enjoy tax-free pay and allowances, funded employment training and free healthcare, food and accommodation while on exercises and operations.

Your employer will benefit greatly from the management and vocational skills you are taught in the Reserves, and the character building lifestyle you’ll experience. Hundreds of businesses have discovered it pays to have a reservist in your ranks. Your employer will benefit from your service through your development of leadership and management skills, planning and prioritisation, time and resource management as well as self-discipline, resilience, initiative, resourcefulness and a clear focus on teamwork.

Give as little as one night a week, or a few weeks a year and do something for yourself and your community.

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Crew comander in Carlton VIC
on 20 January 2020
Not enough money

Army reserve great oppertunity to help your country. Not for the faint hearted. Lots of work great and rewards. Be part of a team. If u like the great outdoors army reserve is for you.

Private in Queensland
on 16 November 2022
Not great, and not for everyone

Originally joined to challenge myself, do something different and contribute via disaster relief, bush fire and flood assistance locally and internationally. Wanted to join the medical core but was persuaded to join the infantry as needed,and could change later. This didn't happen because living 2 hours from a Base that has Medical core staff is just too far to be practical. Honestly I didn't enjoy much at all of the experience. Days can be long, sometimes 16-20 hrs with little breaks. The pay was pretty bad, around $22 an hour (tax free) while training, $21 an hour when finished. Daily rate capped to around $160 without special allowances. Training seemed to be trying to cram as much into a short space of time as possible whist often using worn at outdated equipment. I believe the average turn over for a recruit is around 6 months and can understand why. Personel are of the best physical health, and mostly of higher academic level, yet are treated rather poorly and underpaid for the commitment and sacrifice required. although the ADF boasts about family first, I never saw that, and found you were expected to commit more and more as time went on, when really the Reserves accounted for such a small part of my busy life. It must be said that there are some very good people in the ADF, and others that should not be there. The culture is pretty bad, which is exactly the oppose to everything we are taught and have lived in for the last few generations. I was hoping for a positive learning and supporting environment. Not so, it was shotgun learning, based on fear and intimidation on the most part. Good luck!

Corporal in Canberra
on 16 July 2022
Terrible leadership

Not a great place to work. Not flexible. Poor senior leadership. Not understanding of work life balance Terrible morale in the unit Poor conditions.....

Rifleman in Perth WA
on 9 January 2020
Excellent if you're looking for life experiance while maintaining a career.

An excellent place to meet new people and gain skills that you will keep for life. Its hard sometimes but it has to be. Physical fitness is must. Its great.

Combat Engineer in Sydney NSW
on 18 November 2019
Really Rewarding if you put the time and effort

Just be fit and respectful, people will try and work aroudn your life as much as possible but still put in equal effort and you will be fine. I highly reccomend to anyone who wants some tax free money and wants to servee their country.

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