Full Time Reserve Service jobs

RN/RM 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 a similar 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);

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.

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.


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 fit to fulfil the duties which their Commitment will require them to undertake. Personnel who have been discharged through the MBOS will not normally be considered.

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

If there is not a suitable job advertised then 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 us 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 applications are to be submitted on the FTRS Job Application Form at the link which should be emailed to:


Please use the phrase “Job Application for (followed by job title and reference number)” in the Subject line.

Suitable candidates will be informed about the next stage of the process approximately 2 weeks after the closing date.

LATEST VACANCIES 10th March  2020








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