British Armed Forces: Update On Residency Requirements for Commonwealth Soldiers

The UK’s Ministry of Defence (MOD) has decided to scrap the residency requirements for Commonwealth soldiers. As part of a drive to increase the number of applicants for roles in the British Armed Forces, the MOD has reduced the residency requirement to zero from five years, meaning applicants are not required to have lived in… Read More

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Outline of the British Armed Forces Recruitment & Selection Process

Below is a brief outline of the British Armed Forces recruitment and selection process. Attraction method. Call centre contact. Basic filter checks: pass/fail. Personal details contact. Residency application required? Eligibility trade test: pass/fail. Selection interview: pass/fail. Medical: pass/fail. Fitness test: pass/fail. Security checks: pass/fail. Pre-joining course: pass/fail. Enlist and start training. Detailed information on the… Read More

What is the Residency Requirement for RAF Recruits?

Introduction In 2018, any person applying to join the Royal Air Force (RAF) should have resided continuously in the United Kingdom (UK) or the Republic of Ireland immediately before their application. Level of Security Check The specific length of this residency requirement, which is separate to a candidate’s nationality, is determined by the security clearance required… Read More

What are the Residency Requirements for the Military Recruitment of Commonwealth Citizens?

In a Written Statement on 12 May 2016, the Minister for the Armed Forces observed the long tradition of Commonwealth citizens serving in the British Armed Forces, and that their service provides an important contribution in defending the UK. The written statement confirmed that the Commonwealth recruitment rules which require five years’ UK residency have… Read More