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

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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

Are Reservists Entitled to Use Military Medical & Dental Care?

“However, one of the most frequent complaints we heard again this year, particularly for those on Full Time Reserve Service (FTRS), was that they did not qualify for military medical and dental care.” (AFPRB, 2018, p.20). Reference AFPRB (Armed Forces’ Pay Review Body). (2018) Armed Forces’ Pay Review Body Forty-Seventh Report 2018. Available from World… Read More

Types of Reserve Service in the UK Armed Forces

What are the Types of Reserve Service? There are different types of Reserve Forces that are authorised by the Reserve Forces Act 1996 (RFA 96). In accordance with RFA 96, the Reserve Forces consist of: Volunteer Reserve Forces: Volunteers who accept an annual training commitment and a liability for call out for permanent service. The… Read More

Nonfatal Suicidal Behaviours in the Administrative Records of Activated US Army National Guard & Army Reserve Soldiers, 2004-2009

Research Paper Title Nonfatal Suicidal Behaviors in the Administrative Records of Activated U.S. Army National Guard and Army Reserve Soldiers, 2004-2009. Background The U.S. Army suicide rate increased sharply during the wars in Iraq and Afghanistan. There is limited information about medically documented, nonfatal suicidal behaviours among soldiers in the Army’s Reserve Component (RC), which… Read More