Full Time Reserve Service

Full Time Reserve Service (FTRS) is a period of full time service undertaken by a member of a Reserve Force, in accordance with Reserve Forces Act (RFA) 96, for a specific period of time which is formalised by means of a written commitment. Throughout a period of FTRS a Reservist has a continuous liability for duty depending on the type and length of the commitment.

The types of Commitment under which a member of the Reserve Forces may undertake a period of FTRS are:

Full Commitment

Fulfilling the same range of duties and deployment liability as a Regular Service person with generally the same pay and allowances package (see full terms and conditions of service) – maximum age limit normally 55;

Limited Commitment.

Fulfilling a full range of duties generally in one location, but with a liability for compulsory detachment for up to 35 days in the UK or overseas in any one year, with no single detachment lasting in excess of 21 days.

Pay is less 9% X-factor and no allowance package – maximum age limit normally 60. (55 for Naval Careers Service personnel);

Home Commitment

Fulfilling a limited range of duties in a restricted location; compulsory detachments are to be confined to training periods and other limited duties specified in the individual's FTRS Commitment.

Pay is less 14% X-factor and no allowance package – maximum age limit normally 60.


Any member of the Maritime Reserves (RNR, RMR) or the Royal Fleet Reserves (RFR) (ex-regular service) may volunteer to undertake a period of FTRS.

All applicants to undertake a period of FTRS must be suitably qualified by rank/rate, specialisation, qualifications and experience to fill the posts for which they apply. Applicants must also be medically and dentally fit to fulfil the duties which their Commitment will require them to undertake.

RFR personnel will normally only be considered if they have left service within the last 3 – 5 years depending on the maintenance of their key skills since leaving regular service.

FTRS Registration 

The FTRS Registration Form is to be completed by Ex RN/RM or RNR/RMR personnel who are considering applying for Full Time Reserve Service (FTRS) positions. The purpose of this form is to inform NPT Reserves of your interest in and your preferences your qualifications and experience for FTRS service. 

All jobs are normally advertised, but where there is a specific requirement this form will help the Career Manager to try to match your competencies as closely as possible to this position. 

Every endeavour will be made to meet your stated preference but, the more information you can provide, the easier it should be to propose a position that will be acceptable to you. 

If you are prepared to be flexible, please say so. 

Application for FTRS Positions 

To apply for an advertised FTRS position a covering letter, with a maximum 2 page CV, entitled “Application for FTRS Position *********** Ref No******* “  , quoting your current/previous rank/rate and service number and explaining why you feel you are suitable for the post should be sent to: 

The FTRS Section
MP 1-2, Room 108
West Battery, PP300
Whale Island,
Portsmouth, PO2 8DX

E-mail: navypers-resmailbox@mod.uk 

Suitable candidates will be notified of the interview process approximately 2 weeks after the closing date. 



FTRS Terms and Conditions


FTRS Registration Form


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