About the AMS Band
The Army Medical Services Band has a varied membership drawn from the wide catchment area of South East England. Current members' professions include police officers, teachers, company directors, and civil servants.
The origins of a military band within the Royal Army Medical Corps stem from its foundation in 1898. In 1938, the unofficial RAMC Band was taken over by the Army Council and became publicly funded after many years of subscription from the officers of the Corps.
The current Army Medical Services Band is officially part of the Army Reserve.
A career in the Army Reserve offers unique challenges and adventure. You will be able to play a variety of sports and take part in adventurous training activities from kayaking to mountain biking. There is also the possibility of worldwide travel with Regular Army Bands.
When you join the Army Reserve, your training will be all about self-development.
We will help you learn team-building, decision making and leadership skills and you will have plenty of opportunities to earn qualifications of use in your civilian career. Units have a minimum annual training commitment which changed depending on which role or unit you choose.
Training normally takes place at the weekends and one evening a week.
You get paid for all the time you spend in the Army Reserve with your pay rising as you are promoted through the ranks.
There is also an annual tax-free bounty that you are entitled to if you complete your minimum annual training commitment that increases to £1,708 after five years of Army Reserve service. New entrants are also now eligible for extra incentive payments of up to £2,300.
Other benefits of joining the Army Reserve
- Non contributory pension scheme
- Paid leave
- HM Forces Rail Card
- Tax Free annual lump sum (as long as you meet the training requirements)
- Paid travel (to and from work)
- No notice period – you can leave at any time
For further information about joining the Army Reserve please go to: www.army.mod.uk/reserves