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Full Time Reserve Service Job Opportunities

If you are serving in the Army Reserve, or are a Regular Reserve, and are actively seeking employment you should check this site for new Full Time Reserve Service (FTRS) posts each week. Personnel may only apply for a maximum of two posts at any one time.

About us

• FTRS Section comprises four cells:

• Applications Cell – Advertise posts, receive applications and prepare documentation for selection boards. Inform applicants if they have been successful or not.

• Boarding Cell – Assures the selection board documentation.

• In Service Management Cell – Bring successful applicants into FTRS service; liaise with units.

• Extensions and Terminations Cell – Process applications for Extension and end FTRS commitments as required.

Summary for applicants

Full details of the Terms and Conditions of Service (TACOS) and the rules governing Full Time Reserve Service (FTRS) can be found in The Reserve Land Forces Regulations, Chapter 10.



• There are two main types of FTRS commitment:

• Full Commitment (FC) appointments fill Regular Army jobs that cannot be filled using Regular personnel for various reasons. The pay and conditions are broadly similar to that of Regulars. The length of the appointment varies and will be specified in the advert.

• Home Commitment (HC) appointments are established FTRS posts. It does not pay x-factor and there is normally no entitlement to quarters or home to duty expenses. Most FTRS appointments are on HC terms. FTRS appointments are initially for a maximum of 3 years with the possibility of commitment extensions.


End to End

• From advertising to issuing an FTRS commitment currently takes at least 3 months.



• You must be a member of either the Regular Reserve or Army Reserve to serve on FTRS. Ex Regulars who are not part of the Regular Reserve can apply to join should they be selected for an FTRS post. Serving Regulars must be in their last 12 months of service at the time of applying for an FTRS post or have an approved PVR/NTT on JPA.



• FTRS Jobs are advertised on the Reserve Opportunities Appointments List (RAOL) for a minimum of 4 weeks.



• Please take a note of the advert reference number shown on the RAOL. Please quote this whenever you contact us.

• Applications must be made on an AFE 20045 (see right hand column) and received by APC’s FTRS Section by the closing date shown on the RAOL. Applications should be sent to APC-CMOps-FTRSApplications-Group@mod.uk and will receive an automated acknowledgement. Only email applications will be accepted.

• You can apply for up to two jobs at any one time.

• FTRS staff will not answer queries about how many people have applied for a job.



• Please quote the RAOL reference number and your Army Number when communicating with FTRS Section. This will help us to help you.



• When the advert closes, FTRS Section will send all eligible applicants to the appropriate selection board.

• Selection boards may be held within the Army Personnel Centre, at higher formation level or at Unit level depending on the rank of the post and if it is Full or Home Commitment. The time it takes for the board to sit and for the results to come back to FTRS Section will vary from a couple of weeks to 3 months. The results of any selection board held out-with the APC are assured by FTRS Section to ensure that the board was properly convened and conducted.

• We will let you know the board results, normally by email. Successful candidates will be invited to make an appointment to go to MTMC (I) for a medical and have a briefing on FTRS TACOS. Those selected for Full Commitment will complete a 8 day MATTs package with MTMC(I). Attendance to MTMC(I) is mandatory.




• Security Checks are initiated by the unit with the vacancy. You may have to provide details on-line to DBS Security who carry out the checks for the Army.

• If the post involves dealing with vulnerable adults or young people, a CRB check will be done. This is initiated by the APC. CRB checks take about 2-3 months.

• The APC will liaise with you and the unit to agree a start date.

• We calculate your pay. DBS Pensions will advise us of any abatement to pension or requirement to pay back terminal benefits. Full details will be included in the formal commitment offer, which will follow once medical and security clearances have been made. The offer is made by fax or post.



• Please be aware that when you start FTRS your salary will automatically default to the lowest pay level until DBS input a manual update. This is out of our control.


Commitment Ending

• Personnel seeking to extend their FTRS commitment should apply via their units between 3 and 7 months before their commitment ends. Those in enduring posts can extend for up to 5 years.

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