Thinking of Joining Up? Under 18?
If you want to join the Army make sure you know ALL the facts before you sign up.
Don’t find out the hard way!
These are the rules when you join the Army:
1) You are NOT allowed to leave the Army during the first 28 days after you join up.
2) After the first 28 days you have a Recruits Right to give 14 days' notice in writing to your Commanding Officer and leave.
3) If you joined the Army before April 2015 then your right to give 14 days’ notice in writing and leave the Army expires 6 months after the day you first reported for duty in the Army. You have the Right to give 3 months’ notice in writing and leave the Army up to the age of 18.
4) If you joined the Army in or since April 2015 then you have the right to give 14 days’ notice in writing and leave up to the age of 18.
5) You do not have a right to buy yourself out.
6) Your parents do not have a right to withdraw their consent.
7) You do not have a right to leave when you are 18.
8) The minimum service is 4 years after the age of 18. You may give 12 month's notice when you are 21 and then leave full time service at the age of 22.
9) You may not be free to leave at the age of 22 if you have done an education course paid for by the Army or MOD.
10) If you go absent without leave you will be liable for punishment by detention. The time absent can be added to your earliest date on which you can leave full time Army service.
11) After leaving full time Army Service you must remain in the Reserves for six years. If you leave at the age of 22 you can be recalled for active service overseas up to the age of 28.
*Above entry revised June 2015. For confirmation of this information see the Notice of Engagement/ Terms of Service issued when you first joined the Army.
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