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  • spider
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    Originally posted by EUFighter View Post
    The German Army has just introduced a new initiative for the Reserves "One Year for Germany".

    Basically when Germany had conscription many choose to do voluntary work for a year instead, such as in a hospital or an old peoples home. This continued when conscription was set-aside but there was nothing similar for those who want a year or so in the Army. Now they have launched a scheme with 3 months basic training, 4 months specialist training and a 6 year period in the reserves. To encourage young people to take up the offer there is a compensation package of €1,400 net per month. It will be interesting to see what the take up will be like.
    This initiative seems to be a bit like the British Armys 'Gap Year Commission'.

    After 'A' Levels people planning to go to Uni can commission into the Army Reserve...do the Reserve Commissioning Course @RMA Sandhurst (8 weeks)...then go to a unit as a Platoon / Troop Commander for a year.

    Then go to Uni but remain in the reserves...idea being some of them will want to join the Army full-time after Uni.

    Other ranks can also do a consolidated recruits course...6 weeks...as a oner instead of weekends and in two week blocks. Lots of students etc do this as they get run over the summer months. My nephew did his @ATUNI Ballykinlar a few years ago.

    The German scheme seems to be a great idea would be interesting to see the uptake figures in a couple of years.

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    New German Reserve Initiative

    The German Army has just introduced a new initiative for the Reserves "One Year for Germany".

    Basically when Germany had conscription many choose to do voluntary work for a year instead, such as in a hospital or an old peoples home. This continued when conscription was set-aside but there was nothing similar for those who want a year or so in the Army. Now they have launched a scheme with 3 months basic training, 4 months specialist training and a 6 year period in the reserves. To encourage young people to take up the offer there is a compensation package of €1,400 net per month. It will be interesting to see what the take up will be like.
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