Tuesday, 4 March 2014



 The commissioning process for the Army Reserve is a challenging and rewarding process that requires the upmost dedication and determination from potential Reserve Officers.  Below the Reserve commissioning system is explained in greater depth and detail.

The Old College Adjutant at the Royal Military Academy Sandhurst (RMAS) Soverign's Parade.

Qualifying Criteria – To become a Reserve Officer you must:

  • Be aged between 17 yrs 9 months and 30 yrs.
  • Meet the Army nationality requirements
  • Pass a full Army medical
  • Have at least 5 GCSE’s (A-C) including Maths and English.

In order to commission the following modules must be completed:

  • Mod 1 – TSC (Trained Soldier Course) A & B
  • AOSB – Briefing and Main Board
  • Mod 2 – Leadership, skills and tactics (10 x Weekends)
  • Mod 3 – Platoon tactics (9 day battlefield camp)
  • Mod 4 – Reserve Commissioning Course at RMAS (3 Weeks)
  • Mod 5 – Post commissioning junior officer development

This process takes approximately 18 months.  Mods 2 & 3 are conducted by the local University Officer Training Corps (UOTC) unit, for 159 Supply Regiment this is Birmingham University .  The Potential Officer will then be moved across to the UOTC for the duration of this training and sponsored by their Reserve Regiment.

Alternative Training

Alternative intensive training can also be conducted during the summer to speed up the commissioning process.  The following alternative course is available:

  • RMAS Reserve Commissioning Course +   This entails completing Mods 1, 2, 3, 4 & 5 over 8 weeks during the summer, perfectly fitting into a summer break from education.

If you are interested in obtaining more detail and enquiring further then do not hesitate to contact us:

Training Major – Major Andy Masters RLC - 02476854908
Adjutant – Captain Neil Statham RLC - 02476 854903 
243 Squadron Troop Commander – Lieutenant John Kinahan RLC - 02476 854941 


  1. Is 234 Squadron not the Wirral sub unit of 156 Regiment RLC?

  2. Charles, thankyou for spotting the "deliberate mistake" it now reflects John's attachment to 243 Squadron in Coventry!