On Thursday 10th June at 1:30pm, hosted by women, for women, the British Army is giving women interested in joining the Army a chance to get the real story from real serving soldiers.
The British Army is one of The Times’ Top 50 Employers for Women. The British Army’s recruiting team is hosting a virtual event to give the next generation of female soldiers the opportunity to ask about life in the Army.
Reservists account for 18.8 per cent of UK Service Personnel, and every year, about 37,500 people apply to join the Reserve Forces. Not all applications are carried through by the applicant or are successful (source), but there were 26,940 trained Army reservists as at 1 April 2021, with an additional 3,000 Army reservists in training. (source)
At 1 October 2020, 15% of all reservists were female (5,540 personnel), 4% more than the UK Regular Forces. (source)
And 18% of all female reservists are Officers. Indeed in the British Army as in the other Services, female personnel can expect the same pay scales, respect and opportunities as their male colleagues. Women in the British Army can gain qualifications, learn new skills, take on challenges, build bonds that last a lifetime and find opportunities to progress.
The maternity leave offer is also good in the Armed Forces, and includes shared parental leave options. During 2019, 740 female Service personnel took maternity leave; this is 4.8 per cent of the strength of female personnel for the year. As at 1 October 2020, 98.5% of Armed Forces personnel that went on maternity leave during 2019 returned to work. (source)
So women considering a career in the Armed Forces can register to attend “The Female Focus” online event organised by the British Army’s recruiting group on Thursday 10th June from 1:30pm to 2:30pm.