What does the RAF Families Federation do for Reservists?

The RAF Families Federation is funded by the RAF to gather evidence of issues and concerns affecting all RAF personnel and their families, including Reserves. We can provide practical support and advice on any issues you face as a result of Service life. We also use the evidence collated to lobby for change with politicians, the Chain of Command and policy makers in the British Government and across Scotland, Wales and NI.

RAF Reserve engagements

Full Time Reserve Service (FTRS) Full Commitment (FC) personnel are used to fill vacant Regular posts for a defined term; Service personnel on FTRS(FC) undertake the same range of duties and Separated Service/ deployment liability as a Regular Service person including Op tours and Exercises. As a result, they receive the full X-Factor and have entitlement to SFA/SLA.

FTRS Limited Commitment (LC) are established posts that fulfil a range of duties, normally based in one location, but with limited liability for role-related compulsory Separated Service in the UK or overseas (including Op theatres) for up to 35 days with no single period of Separated Service to last more than 21 days. FTRS(LC) attracts 5% X-Factor. There is no entitlement to SLA or SFA however Service personnel may occupy SLA at the entitled rate and SFA at the market rate at their parent unit if surplus accommodation is available.

FTRS Home Commitment (HC) fulfil a full range of duties normally based in one location, with no liability for compulsory Separated Service in the UK or overseas, except for mandated training courses necessary for the current post or future progression. FTRS(HC) does not receive X-Factor. There is no entitlement to SLA or SFA however Service personnel may occupy SLA at the entitled rate and SFA at the market rate at their parent unit if surplus accommodation is available.

Additional Duties Commitment (ADC) roles allows Reserves to undertake duties on a part time basis. An ADC agreement is a formal binding commitment whereby a Reservist is committed to serve for a specified number of days (known as a Reserve Service Day), agreed in advance with the post owner. The maximum days in any 12-month period, which includes all entitled leave and public holidays, is 180 days. ADC are not entitled to SFA or SLA.

Part-Time Volunteer Reserves (PTVRs) are Reservists who work and train alongside Regular RAF personnel, serve in both the UK and overseas and are deployed on operations. Part-Time Volunteer Reserves (PTVR) bring to the RAF skills from their ‘day job’ and take back skills learned in the RAF. PTVRs are entitled to SLA when mobilised at home or overseas.

Volunteer Ex Regular Reserve (VeRR) commitments are non-binding voluntary appointments broadly comparable to PTVR engagements but primarily delivering output rather than undertaking training. Because of the voluntary nature of these positions and the associated alignment with PTVR service, VeRR personnel normally undertake no more than 90 days service in any year. VeRRs are not entitled to SFA/SLA.

Reserves Continuous Attitude Survey (ResCAS)

ResCAS is an annual survey which provides you with an opportunity to have your say on life as a Reservist.

See the 2022 ResCAS results >

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