Significant benefits for your employer too
Your employer will benefit greatly from the leadership, professional and vocational skills you are taught in the as well as , and the character-building lifestyle you'll experience. They are legally obliged to release you for Army Reserve duty, but may apply for compensation (see below).
Your employer's business will be stronger with a Reservist in its ranks, and will have higher corporate status for supporting the ADF. The training you receive will help you:
- Become a better manager and leader
- Understand orders then plan and prioritise tasks
- Be positive and goal-oriented
- Make quick, objective decisions
- Be adept at crisis management
- Manage time and resources efficiently
- Be self-disciplined and self-reliant
- Be a good team player
- Achieve high standards of quality control
- Apply safe practices in the workplace
If eligible, your employer can receive compensation for your absence through the Defence Reserves Support Employer Support Payment Scheme. Employers are encouraged to find out more about the Army Reserve at discovery events (for details see the Defence Reserves Support website) and by downloading our handbook.
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How to approach your employer
Over 900 supportive employers have Army Reservists on their payrolls and are aware of all the benefits as well as what it entails. But for those who are less familiar with the Army Reserve, it's important to communicate all the upsides, getting your employer as motivated as you are.
Start by being positive
Tell your employer you’re looking for a new challenge that will test and expand your skills for the benefit of the community and your country, as well as your everyday job. Let them know becoming an Army Reservist will satisfy this ambition; give them plenty of notice; and work with them to manage your Reservist commitments.
Talk about the training
Explain to your employer that the training you receive will help you be more effective at your job, by broadening your skill-set and strengthening your personal attributes.
As a Reservist you'll receive high quality government training in leadership and teamwork, plus personal and professional development that helps you become a more resilient and adaptable employee. Army training is designed to make you more positive and goal-oriented, and able to prioritise tasks and make quick, objective decisions.
Explain the personal development
Some of the enhanced skills and character traits you’ll bring to your full-time job as a result of your time with the Army Reserve will include leadership, management and teamwork skills; self-discipline and reliance, initiative, and punctuality. Again, these are attributes your employer should place great value on.
Be prepared to answer questions
- If your employer is concerned about the commitment, reassure them that it may be as few as 20 days a year, including evenings and weekend training at your local Army Reserve unit. However you must be honest about the upfront training which will likely see you spending 35 days at Kapooka (near Wagga Wagga in NSW) during your first year of service.
- Think in advance about how your work can be covered while you’re away, so your employer knows you care about things running smoothly in your absence.
- If they want to know who covers your pay, tell them they may be eligible to receive compensation through the Employer Support Payment Scheme.
- Remind your employer that people like doing business with companies that give something back. Your company’s commitment to the Army Reserve will help position them as an organisation of choice, for supporting both their employees and the national interest.
We've produced an Employer’s Information Leaflet you can download, print and give to your employer. It covers much of the information provided here.