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FTRS Ts & Cs

Old 9th May 2012, 09:57
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FTRS Ts & Cs

Anyone know where the Ts & Cs for FTRS posts are available to peruse? The links provided on the ads on the RAF Reserves website point at the intranet and so are not accessible from the internet. I've searched but can't find a public site with them on.
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Try Googling "FTRS TACOS" and you should find what you want. This is from an Army DIN amongst that search:

APPENDIX 1 TO
ANNEX A TO
2010DIN01-XXX
DATED 10 DEC 10

ARRANGEMENTS FOR FTRS(FC)

General

1. FTRS(FC) is used as a manning expedient to fill temporarily vacant Regular Army posts. Commitments will normally only be offered as advertised in the FTRS Trawl by MS Res (FTRS Sect). The normal maximum engagement will be for 42 months. Extensions beyond this point must be approved by DM(A) following APC Glasgow confirmation that a Regular is not available to fill the post. It should be understood that it may be decided to gap the post beyond the 42 month period.

2. Liability. FTRS(FC) is restricted to vacant Regular established posts, (UKTAP or otherwise authorised by a TMA).

3. Age Limits. The upper age limit follows the NRA for the Regular Army and is normally 55 for officers and soldiers; which will only be varied in order to meet the Service need and with prior authority of DM(A). However, the normal retirement age for RFPS purposes is age 60 and only personnel retiring on or after their 60th birthday will receive an immediate pension; all other pensions will be preserved until 65.

TACOS for FTRS (FC)

4. Liability for Deployment. Personnel on FTRS(FC) undertake the same range of duties and have the same world wide deployment liability as a Regular soldier or officer. Individuals serving on FTRS(FC) should be aware that they may, as may Regular officers and soldiers, be offered up during their commitment as augmentees for operational tours or exercises. Commitments will be drawn up in such a way as to permit this.

5. Mobilisation. Personnel on FTRS(FC) are not liable for mobilisation.

6. Single Living Accommodation (SLA). Single/married unaccompanied personnel employed on FTRS(FC) are entitled to be accommodated in Service SLA or SSSA at their duty station.

7. Service Family Accommodation (SFA). Personnel employed on FTRS(FC) are entitled to SFA or SSFA in accordance with Tri Service Accommodation Regulations, JSP 464 Part 1. Normal entitled rates are to be charged.

8. Pay. Personnel on FTRS(FC) are to be paid at the Regular Army rate of pay including full X factor appropriate to their rank, employment qualification and seniority (including former reckonable service where appropriate). Previous Regular, Permanent (mobilised), FTRS or Additional Duties Commitment (ADC) service is reckonable for pay purposes.

9. Medical and Dental Care. Personnel serving on FTRS(FC) are to receive the same medical and dental treatment from Service sources as their Regular counterparts.

10. Training. Attendance at RTMC for J1/J4 administration and successful completion of MATT assessment is mandatory for all personnel on FTRS (FC). Failure to complete MATTs successfully may lead to the cancellation of a commitment. MATTs are to be completed annually in the employing Unit and to the same standard expected of a Regular Officer or Soldier. MATTs are to be recorded on JPA.


APPENDIX 2 TO
ANNEX A TO
2010DIN01-XXX
DATED 10 DEC 10

ARRANGEMENTS FOR FTRS(LC)

General

1. Personnel employed at FTRS(LC) will fulfil a full range of duties based in one location (which may be overseas). FTRS(LC) is a rare commitment only used in exceptional cases authorised by DM(A). The maximum initial commitment is 42 months which may only be renewed or extended with the authority of DM(A).

2. Liability. The creation of an FTRS(LC) position requires the submission of a UKP Compensating Reduction (CR) or where no CR is available, approval to waive this requirement must be agreed by the Standing Army Liability Committee (SALC).

3. Age Limits. The upper age limit is normally 55; this will only be varied in exceptional cases in order to meet the Service need. However, the normal retirement age for RFPS purposes is age 60 and only personnel retiring on or after their 60 birthday will receive an immediate pension; all other pensions will be preserved until 65.

TACOS for FTRS (LC)

4. Liability for Deployment. Personnel employed on FTRS(LC) have a liability for compulsory operational deployment or detachment of up to 35 days in any one year with no single detachment lasting in excess of 21 days .

5. Mobilisation. Personnel on FTRS(LC) may be mobilised but may not respond to a voluntary trawl.

6. Single Living Accommodation (SLA).

a. FTRS(LC) commitments do not carry an entitlement to SLA. However, where accommodation is available and permission has been given by the commanding officer, individuals may exceptionally occupy SLA at the entitled rates but only in the duty station’s SLA. If accommodation is subsequently required for entitled personnel then the FTRS(LC) personnel will be required to vacate with no subsequent rights to further accommodation, although they may reapply as above.

b. Claims for Substitute SLA (SSLA) for posts outside London are not authorised. For posts which carry an entitlement to Recruiting & Retention Allowance (London) RRA (L), FTRS(LC) personnel may exceptionally be permitted to claim Substitute Single Service Accommodation (SSSA). Applications to occupy SSSA must be submitted through the chain of command in accordance with instructions published by the appropriate TLB prior to commencement of the commitment. Personnel occupying SSLA will be charged the entitled accommodation rates irrespective of age and marital status. Such personnel will not be entitled to Food and Incidentals Allowance (FIA) and will not pay food charges.

c. Personnel may occupy SLA when temporarily detached from their parent unit location or undergoing further training at a Defence or Army school or training unit, or on a duty away from their duty station that requires overnight accommodation.

d. Should an individual serving on FTRS(LC) be moved to meet the needs of the Service during a commitment and where the new duty station location is not within reasonable daily commuting distance from their permanent home address , whilst remaining non-entitled the individual may, subject to the staffing of a case to the appropriate deciding authority, be eligible to occupy SLA at entitled rates or receive HDT. This does not apply to FTRS(LC) taking up initial or subsequent commitments.

7. Service Family Accommodation (SFA). Personnel employed on FTRS(LC) are not entitled to SFA. If available, eligibility to live in surplus SFA may be granted by their commanding officer in which case non-entitled rates are to be charged . If accommodation is subsequently required for entitled personnel then the FTRS(LC) personnel will be required to vacate the SFA with no subsequent rights to further accommodation, although they may reapply as above.

8. Pay. Personnel on FTRS(LC) are to be paid the basic military salary with a 5% X Factor, at the rate appropriate to their rank, (and, in the case of soldiers, their Employment Qualification) and increment earned through reckonable service. Previous Regular, permanent, FTRS or ADC service is reckonable for pay purposes.

9. Medical and Dental Care. Personnel serving on FTRS(LC) are entitled to medical and dental treatment from Service sources when they are on deployments or detachments, or when they are paying entitled rates for SLA. However, in all cases of emergency at their place of duty, FTRS(LC) may be treated by Service medical or dental staff.

10. Training. Attendance at RTMC for J1/J4 administration and successful completion of MATT assessment is mandatory for all personnel on FTRS (FC). Failure to complete MATTs successfully may lead to the cancellation of a commitment. MATTs are to be completed annually in the employing Unit and to the same standard expected of a Regular Officer or Soldier. MATTs are to be recorded on JPA.




APPENDIX 3 TO
ANNEX A TO
2010DIN01-XXX
DATED 10 DEC 10

ARRANGEMENTS FOR FTRS(HC)

General

1. Unless specified, the provisions laid out in this Appendix refer to all FTRS(HC) personnel including RSG. Posts will be restricted to one location. In the case of members of the Regular Reserve resident abroad, the duty station may be overseas. Personnel on FTRS(HC) are widely used to fill both short-term and longer-term commitments.

a. Short-term commitments will normally be used for posts or specific tasks for which Regular Army manpower is unavailable and where such liability requirements are confirmed by the TLB and created on JPA. Short-term commitments can be for a minimum of 6 months up to a maximum of 42 months (extensions for these type of posts beyond 42 months will only exceptionally be authorised by DM(A)).

b. Longer-term commitments are normally used to fill TA Support and military continuity posts (some former NRPS posts and FTRS(HC) RSG) that do not require the mobility or deployability of UKTAP personnel. Continuity posts will be identified in the remarks column of the establishment as shown on SLIM. Long-term commitments can be up to a maximum of 5 years and are renewable, subject to the continuing needs of the Service, performance and the age limits at Para 5 below.

2. FTRS(HC) RSG posts provide continuity in staff appointments where extensive military experience and staff credibility is essential. The experience needed for these posts is likely to require successful applicants to have held a full career in the Regular Army spanning numerous disciplines on operations and at staff as well as having completed formal staff training. Personnel may only be appointed on FTRS(HC) RSG terms to former UKTAP, RO or MSF posts redesignated by a TLB or in newly created RSG posts.

3. Personnel will fulfil the full range of duties appropriate to the post, without conditioned hours, but usually in a single restricted location. This is normally at the duty station but including attendance at, e.g. training events, courts martial, and routine meetings which may require travel. This does not extend to travel to an Operational Theatre. Compulsory detachments will be restricted to training periods or Regional operational events and should be specified in the individual’s commitment and job specification. In the case of members of the Regular Reserve resident abroad, the duty station may be overseas. FTRS(HC) personnel cannot be employed in an Operational Theatre or Role unless mobilised.

4. Manpower Control. The approval for the establishment of FTRS(HC) RSG posts is reserved to DM(A), but exercised through the LFEC process. DM(A) scrutiny is extended to those posts that are due to be created by another TLB, but requiring an Army fill. Future selections for FTRS(HC) RSG posts are to be taken by No6 Board and endorsed through No’s 2&4 Boards if applicable.

5. Age Limits. The normal retirement age for RFPS purposes is age 60 and only personnel retiring on or after their 60th birthday will receive an immediate pension; all other pensions will be preserved until 65. The age limits shown below may be varied with DM(A) authority in order to meet a Service need.

a. FTRS(HC) posts are designated short term, or long term continuity posts and have different retirement ages.

(1) Short Term. Officers 60 and Soldiers 55 years of age.

(2) Long Term Continuity. 60 years of age for both Officers and
Soldiers.

b. FTRS(HC) RSG the normal age of entry will be 50–60 with an NRA of 65, subject to annual confirmation of medical fitness after the age of 60.

6. Qualification. FTRS(HC) personnel should be selected with suitable experience and without requirement to conduct career courses for the post. It is accepted that there will be a requirement for Employment Training is some cases. FTRS(HC) RSG applicants are required to have completed formal staff training and hold the following staff qualifications:

a. OF3 posts - ‘sq’ or have successfully completed ICSC(L) plus a full staff tour as an SO2.

b. OF4/5 posts - ‘psc,’ staff trained and qualified with at least two full tours at Staff.

TACOS for FTRS (HC)

7. Liability for Deployment. Personnel on FTRS(HC) have no liability for operational deployment.

8. Mobilisation. Personnel on FTRS(HC) may be mobilised without restriction in their Reservist capacity although mobilisation is not expected unless in exceptional circumstances. The Chain of Command would balance any such mobilisation request against the requirements of the FTRS appointment being currently filled.

9. Single Living Accommodation (SLA).

a. FTRS(HC) commitments do not carry an entitlement to SLA. However, where accommodation is available and permission has been given by the commanding officer, individuals may exceptionally occupy SLA at the entitled rates but only in the duty station’s SLA. If accommodation is subsequently required for entitled personnel then the FTRS(HC) personnel will be required to vacate with no subsequent rights to further accommodation, although they may reapply as above.

b. Claims for Substitute SLA (SSLA) for posts outside London are not authorised. For posts which carry an entitlement to Recruiting & Retention Allowance (London) RRA (L), FTRS(HC) personnel may exceptionally be permitted to claim Substitute Single Service Accommodation (SSSA). Applications to occupy SSSA must be submitted through the chain of command in accordance with instructions published by the appropriate TLB prior to commencement of the commitment. Personnel occupying SSLA will be charged the entitled accommodation rates irrespective of age and marital status. Such personnel will not be entitled to Food and Incidentals Allowance (FIA) and will not pay food charges.

c. Personnel may occupy SLA when temporarily detached from their parent unit location or undergoing further training at a Defence or Army school or training unit, or on a duty away from their duty station that requires overnight accommodation.

d. Should an individual serving on FTRS(HC) be moved to meet the needs of the Service during a commitment and where the new duty station location is not within reasonable daily commuting distance from their permanent home address , whilst remaining non-entitled the individual may, subject to the staffing of a case to the appropriate deciding authority, be eligible to occupy SLA at entitled rates or receive HDT. This does not apply to FTRS(HC) taking up initial or subsequent commitments.

10. Service Family Accommodation (SFA). Personnel employed on FTRS(HC) are not entitled to SFA. If available, eligibility to live in surplus SFA may be granted by the employing unit CO in which case non-entitled rates are to be charged . If accommodation is subsequently required for entitled personnel FTRS(HC) personnel will be required to vacate the SFA with no subsequent rights to further accommodation, although they may reapply as above.

11. Pay. Personnel on FTRS (HC) are to be paid at rates equating to the basic military salary with a 0% X factor appropriate to the rank or grade of the post occupied (and, in the case of soldiers, their Employment Qualification). Previous Regular, permanent , FTRS or ADC service is reckonable for pay purposes. Those personnel transitioning from NRPS to FTRS will have their pay reckoned as a new entrant to FTRS. The FTRS Pay Increment Level will be at least equal to the current NRPS increment level.

12. Rank. Personnel in FTRS(HC) RSG employment who hold a higher substantive rank on retirement from Regular service, or who are awarded higher honorary rank on retirement, retain their right to use the title of their rank, followed by the suffix (Retired), when employed in an RSG post of lower rank. Pay remains at the rate appropriate to the post in which employed. All FTRS personnel required to wear uniform, will wear the rank of the post or the substantive rank, whichever is lowest.

13. Uniform. Unless the wearing of uniform is specifically stated as a requirement in the job specification, the normal dress for RSG officers will be civilian clothes. All other FTRS(HC) personnel are expected to wear uniform.

14. Medical and Dental Care. Personnel serving on FTRS(HC) are not entitled to receive medical and dental care from Service sources. In all cases of emergency at their place of duty, FTRS(HC) may be treated by Service medical or dental staff.

15. Training. Personnel on FTRS (HC) (including (HC) RSG) are to attend the J1/J4 administration and Military Annual Training Tests (MATT) 6 (Values and Standards) briefings. MATT 6 is to be repeated annually within the employing Unit.

or have a look at:

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Leon - TVM, I'll go look.
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Gap between regular service and FTRS

I seem to recall not long ago there was a discussion on here regarding the requirement for a 28 day gap between regular and reserve service. I tried the search engine but can't find anything. I remember there being the usual situation of some posters saying yes, cos they had to do it, and others said no, they had left one day and started in the reserves the day after. I am continually coming across this issue.

Does anyone know the definitive answer to this question? Your help would be much appreciated as I am in the process of converting a couple of regular posts into FTRS, and may well find myself in the same position in the not so distant future.

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The 28 day rule is applied to protect the individuals gratuity payment - I recall from tax! THat is how it worked when I went from Regular to FTRS

If you are doing changes to your establishment then you have the benefit of the AIR RF Manning Team at HW. Dont rely on individual input as we all have different intrepetations. FTRS as you know has lots of different issues notwthstanding FC/LC/HC/ADC etc
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There is a pilot at Brize who was posted to a ground tour and asked if they could leave the RAF and join the aircrew reserves (part time) to stay flying.

The Sqn has to agree to the requirement for the 'slot', which it did. The person was full time one day and in the reserves the next as its apparently easier to administrate that way - maybe it's an aircrew or part time reserves thing? This info was first hand from the OC of the reserve Sqn so fairly confident it's true in that persons case.

It's a great deal for the RAF as its a cheap option for them, no pension, just a days pay with a min of 27 and max of 90 a year. The person stays flying in a job they love.
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If you are/were on AFPS75 then the 30 day rule no longer applies; I know this as I did exactly this last year and got my pension and gratuity within 10 days and started my FTRS post within 2 days.

Speak to Lt Cdr (rtd) David Marsh of the Forces Pension Society and/or SPVA for full confirmation - that's what I did as 'belt and braces'.

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If you are a redundee then there must be a gap between regular and FTR Service. It can affect your Special Capita Payment and if you join FTRS too early SPVA will reclaim a proportion of your SCP.
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Circumstances Vary

Don't rely on even well informed suggestions on this thread. If you have a query about the Reserve Forces then speak to the experts. SO1 Reserves Support can be reached on 01494 497946 - he or his team will be able to answer all of your questions; the only thing they won't do is give you pensions advice as everybody's personal circumstances will be different.
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Thanks L J and Impiger. Sound advice which I shall act upon on Monday morning.
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recovery of SCP

To give an example of what has been said about recovery of SCP, if your SCP is worth one year's pay and you rejoin within one year, you will have to repay the part of the year that you were not 'outside'.

If you are a member of the Forces Pension Society, we will do the calculation for you so that you know the implications of rejoining the Armed Forces.
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I've just spoken to the pensions people and this, essentially is what they said:

"If you're on AFPS 75 and take up an FTRS post within 30 days of leaving regular service, then you will have to pay back your gratuity as a gap of less than 30 days is seen as continuous service. You will of course still get your gratuity when you finally retire from FTRS, so you don't lose it or have it taxed. Any period in excess of 30 days is seen as a break in service and therefore does not affect your gratuity."

If I'm honest, I don't have much faith in the advice being offered. When I initially asked the question, the guy I spoke to - after going away to make enquiries - told me I would lose my gratuity, full stop. When I told him that was clearly not true, he went away and eventually came back with the above advice. Somehow, i'm still not sure.

This will really have an impact on me as I would like my gratuity now, don't really want to have a 30 day break of service and would like to start my new job as soon as possible.
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I am currently researching this as we will soon be advertising an FTRS post. The definitive answer from the FTRS folks at Air Cmd is that if you are on AFPS 75 there is no requirement to take a 30 day break (you do have to retire from the Regulars and become commissioned in the Reserve), but if you are on AFPS05 you need to have 'retired' for a period of 30 days.
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I was a Regular on AFPS75 after 21.95 years - I retired on a Friday and then joined on FTRS(HC) terms on the Monday. I got my full pension (less abatement to ensure I didn't earn more than I did as a Regular - even though I dropped a Rank) and also I got my full gratuity plus resettlement commutation. I had a gap of 2 days and I got everything owed (less the abatement).

This was just over 1 year ago. I understand that the rules changed to not needing a 30 day gap after AFPS75 closed to new entrants? It is most surely closed now so they cannot hold you to 30 days as before.

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Are you sure this applies to AFPS05? It was my understanding that for 05, you had to take a break of service of not less than the equivalent time it would have taken to earn the gratuity....ie 1 year+, otherwise it has to be repaid.

This is for the case when you retire early and get an early retirement bonus (forget official term).
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It is still 30 days 'retired' for AFPS05 personnel in order to keep your gratuity. There is a longer 'retired' time for redundees, but that is the only difference I am aware of for Regulars transferring to the Reserve.
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http://www.raf.mod.uk/community/getm...662EFFE6F3C308


The document above may help clarify:
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Thanks lj.

Unfortunately, that confirms the bad news for me:

Effect on EDP Lump Sum

If you rejoin the Regular Armed

Forces voluntarily or accept an FTRS

appointment without a break of at

least the period represented by the EDP

lump sum you will have to pay

back the ‘unexpired’ proportion. This

means that if your EDP lump sum

was of equivalent value to 12 months’

pay, and you rejoined the Armed

Forces after six months, you would

have to pay back half of the lump sum.

This means that if I PVR shortly before my 55th birthday in order to receive an EDP lump sum & immediate pension, I cannot join FTRS until I would have 'earned' the EDP lump sum, which for me would be well over a year. So this leaves me with leaving at my 55yo point, and I wont get the 2nd lump sum, aged 65.




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JAJ - I'm sorry.
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JAJ - I'm sorry.
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