Consultation on the future of reservists

Close date: 18 January 2013

The Government consults on proposals to increase the strength and effectiveness of the reserve forces, including by achieving a greater level of assurance that reservists will be available when required. This means that arrangements with employers will need to be revised. The Government proposes to achieve a more open relationship with employers, meaning that an employer should know if an individual is a reservist and the individual should have more confidence that being a reservist will not prejudice him or her, including by adopting a voluntary employers' charter for reservists. It also proposes to build on the mutual benefit for employers and the reserve forces of having a reservist in civilian employment, and implement tailored arrangements with employers to reflect the different impacts reserve service can have on employers. The Government is considering a "kitemark" recognition scheme for employers that support reservists.
Consultation document: Future reserves 2020: delivering the nation's security together (PDF format, 2.7MB) (on the MoD website)