What is the Reserve Forces Foreign Service Arrangements?

What Is It? The Reserve Forces Foreign Service Arrangements (RFFSA) sets out how part-time troops whose civilian jobs require them to be employed in Canada, Australia or the USA on a temporary basis, can apply to serve with a similar Reserve unit in the country they are moving to. Eligibility Applicants have to be supported… Read More

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What is Cassino Squadron?

Introduction Cassino Squadron is the first ever British Army Regular-Reserve hybrid squadron. Operational Command The squadron operates under the command of the 1st The Queen’s Dragoon Guards. Background Since the spring of 2017 the UK has been providing a rotating reconnaissance element for the Enhanced Forward Presence Battlegroup Poland, under command of the US 2nd… Read More

What is Active Duty/Service?

Introduction Active duty is a full-time occupation as part of a military force, as opposed to reserve duty. active duty is a United States (US) term, in the United Kingdom (UK) and the Commonwealth of Nations the equivalent term is active service. India The Indian Armed Forces are considered to be one of the largest… Read More

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

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

What is the Defence Discount Service Card?

The Defence Discount Service provides discounts for members of the Armed Forces, Veterans and Armed Forces Community both: Online; and On the high street. Defence Discount Service is home of the Defence Privilege Card, the vetted discount card that can be used in stores, restaurants and venues to obtain armed forces discounts. This discount card… 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