Payment for Indirectly Supervised Physical Training Sessions

Question Will Reservists continue to be paid for indirectly supervised physical training sessions they conduct in their own time after the Covid-19 crisis is over? This proposal was discussed and shot down before the pandemic but has become a reality in the current climate. I’m also interested in whether or not the MoD would pay… Read More

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What is the Foreign Military Reserve Exchange Programme (MREP)?

Introduction The foreign Military Reserve Exchange Programme (MREP) is run with the USA, Australia and Canada and allows soldiers to serve as reservists with each other’s militaries. Background The MREP is an annual exercise allowing personnel from Reserve Forces of all three (3) Services to travel to one of the above countries to learn the… Read More

Reserve Training Completion Bonus Extension

Eligibility for Reservists to claim their training completion bonus has been extended to 31 March 2021. To receive each of the scheme’s two £1,000 payments, new entrants must complete phase one training by this date and phase two training by 31 March 2023. All other Reserve financial incentives are now closed, including the Reserve commitment… Read More

Army Reserve Musicians’ Retirement Age Increased

The retirement age for Army Reserve musicians has been increased to bring it in line with the rest of the Corps of Army Music. Soldiers and officers can now serve until the day before they turn 65 without the need for an overage extension request. Previously, they could only serve until they were 55 and… Read More

British Army Physical Employment Standards (PES)

The following four tables outline the Role Fitness Test (RFT) for: Table 1: Ground Close Combat (GCC) roles, Phase 1 Basic Training (BT) Entrance Test and Output Test. Table 2: GCC roles, Phase 2 Employment Training, or Initial Trade Training (ITT). Table 3: Non-GCC roles, BT Entrance Test and Output Test. Table 4: Non-GCC Output… Read More

Can Off-Duty Reservists Use Regular Army Base Facilities?

Scenario An Army Reservist works across the road from a very large Regular Army base, which has a NAAFI and dining facility. Can the Reservist enter the base using their MOD 90 (identification card) and eat there while not on duty? MOD 90 An MOD 90 is issued to the individual as a member of… Read More

Pension: Regulars Rejoining As Reserves

Regulars who rejoin as a Reserve will see their pension abated. This applies to those on Full-time Reserve Service (FTRS) (AFPRB, 2018, p.20). Further, Reservists are expected to leave the Service at age 55 but the Armed Forces Pension Scheme 15 does not pay out until age (AFPRB, 2018). However, there is a practice that… Read More