If someone joins the reserve forces will their employer be informed?

Yes. Under the employer notification procedure, anyone who joins the reserve forces, or seeks to renew their commitment, must permit the Ministry of Defence to contact their employer directly to inform it of this. The procedure was put in place to help minimise problems arising in the event of compulsory mobilisation or a request for leave for training.

If the reservist considers that they have a good reason for not informing the employer, they may apply for a waiver for up to 12 months.