Mobilisation, FTRS and Attachments
As a member of 299 Parachute Squadron there is much opportunity to serve an attachment to the Regular Army, whether for a particular operational tour, for a longer period of up to two years or a shorter time for an exercise or adventure training. Any of these engagement types are beneficial to both the soldier and the Army. The Army gains extra manpower for a period, and the reservist gains invaluable experience both for his civilian and TA career.
Since 299 Parachute Squadron's reformation in 2006, personnel have served with the Regular Army in Afghanistan, Cyprus, Germany and Kenya - these are only a few of the many places possible to visit.
Mobilisation is the process whereby members of the Territorial Army are called up for service on a specific operation. There is much opportunity for those wishing to use their skills learnt in the TA to do so in an operational environment and volunteers are welcomed. Whilst mobilised a soldiers job is protected by law and he will be paid whichever is the highest of his military or civilian salary.
For details about mobilised service ad support for employers visit the www.sabre.mod.uk web site.
Full Time Reserve Service (FTRS)
A TA soldier can volunteer for an FTRS engagement if he wishes to serve on the strength of a Regular Army unit for a period of time of between 6 months and two years. The soldier is immediately integrated into the unit and serves wherever that unit does during that period of time.
Short-term attachments with a Regular Army unit can be arranged for a suitable soldier for the duration of a particular activity such as an exercise or adventure training activity.