New Railcard for Veterans...............

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Army Reserve is a bit different from Regular service, where you sign for a set number of years with reserve liability after that, if you dont like it at the stsrt, you can buy yourself out compensating the MOD for money spent on training ypu, however the further you go in and more training (and money), you wpuld hsve to give a period of notice, even after you left you still have a reserve liability a set period after leaving.
But being in the Reserve should be good enough if all you want is a railcard: per https://www.veterans-railcard.co.uk/are-you-eligible/

A quick check to make sure you're eligible...
Are you a Veteran?
You’ll be eligible for a Veterans Railcard providing you have served for at least one day or more in Her Majesty’s Armed Forces (Regular or Reserve)
(my emphasis)
 
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But being in the Reserve should be good enough if all you want is a railcard: per https://www.veterans-railcard.co.uk/are-you-eligible/

(my emphasis)
It would take a little more than 1 day to get your clearance and service number, just turning up at the gate doesn't count as first day of service.

Personally I think they should qualify after completing phase 3 of training then badged or Navy and Air Force equivilent.
 

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I think the one day thing is a legal technicality more than anything.

Iirc, to join the British Legion as a ful lmember, also has the same one day requirement.

In reality, I doubt there is any one person who has only served one day unless their joining date and discharge date were the same day.....:)
I had a mate that served two days " They gave me a new pair of boots to shine, whats the point of that?"
 

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... Regular service, where you sign for a set number of years with reserve liability after that, if you dont like it at the stsrt, you can buy yourself out compensating the MOD for money spent on training ypu, however the further you go in and more training (and money), you wpuld hsve to give a period of notice, even after you left you still have a reserve liability a set period after leaving.
In fact, after an initial period, there is no legal right to get out of the regular forces by any means at all [apart from becoming a conscientious objector]; buying yourself out, giving notice, etc, are all ultimately at the military's discretion. You have none of the rights of normal employment law.
 

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In fact, after an initial period, there is no legal right to get out of the regular forces by any means at all [apart from becoming a conscientious objector]; buying yourself out, giving notice, etc, are all ultimately at the military's discretion. You have none of the rights of normal employment law.
Indeed however if it is clear that you have no enthusiasm for military service, you would be a liability to the troops only useful for stopping a bullet, it would better to discharge you, you just won't get a good conduct certificate.
 

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Indeed however if it is clear that you have no enthusiasm for military service, you would be a liability to the troops only useful for stopping a bullet, it would better to discharge you, you just won't get a good conduct certificate.
Would that that were true...

The military will often hang onto someone so as not to encourage others to think they can leave as and when they want. And, as I noted above, they'll even hang on to someone who's become a conscientious objector (and hence, uniquely, has the legal right to leave), locking them up for months rather than letting them leave - they seem frightened to admit that people do reject the military, and don't want such an idea to gain currency.
 

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