Individual Reservists (IR) are
former members of the Regular Army who after completion of their full-time
service may be recalled to the Colours, or who volunteer after their legal
Reserve obligation has expired. They have varying degrees of liability for
recall and training depending upon factors such as period of Regular Army
service, age and sex. Categories of IR are described below:
a. The Regular Army Reserve of
Officers (RARO). Retired Regular, Army Emergency Reserve or TA Officers.
Those granted Commissions from 1 April 1983 have a compulsory training
liability for six years after leaving the Active List. Others may
volunteer to train;
b. The Regular Reserve.
Ex-Regular soldiers (male and female) who have a compulsory training
liability (normally for six years after leaving the Colours) or who have
volunteered to join it from other categories;
c. The Long-Term Reserve. Men
(but not women) who have completed their Regular Reserve liability and who
serve in this category until aged 45. They have no training liability;
d. Army Pensioners. Ex-Regular
soldiers (male and female) who are in receipt of a Service pension. They
have a legal liability for recall to age 60 (but only to age 55 would be
invoked). They have no training liability.
IR are required to keep at
home an Instruction Booklet (AB 592A), their ID card and a personalised
booklet (AB 592B). The AB 592A provides IR with general instructions on
what they have to do if mobilised. It contains a travel warrant and a
special cash order. The AB 592A is computer produced and updated quarterly
as required to take account of such changes as address, medical category
and age. It explains where the reservist is to report on mobilisation and
arrangements for pay and allotments, next-of-kin, clothing held etc.
Under present legislation IR
may only be mobilised if called out by Queen's Order. Mobilisation may
involve only a few individuals/units or any number up to general
mobilisation when all are called out. If mobilisation is authorised,
Notices of Call-Out are despatched to those IR concerned, by Recorded
Delivery, as the legal notification. Announcements of call-out are also
made by the press, radio and television.
Under the proposals for the
new Reserve Forces Act, IR will be liable to call-out under the same new
provisions as described above for the TA. In addition, the Act will bring
the conditions relating to all three Services in line and will include
officers and pensioners who are currently covered by separate
Only Regular Reservists and
some members of RARO have a liability to train. The legal liability is for
up to 15 days plus four periods of 36 hours each year. This liability has
not been enforced for many years.
The only training that is
currently funded is for 1,500 man/weeks per year to enable the RARO and
Regular Reservists who volunteer to take part in collective training with
both Regular and TA Units. Payment is made at TA rates plus £215
The Annual Reporting Exercises
(ARCES), which required some RARO and all Regular Reservists to report
for one day to have their clothing and documentation checked and undergo
a brief one+ hours' training period also ceased in 1991. The reporting
element has now been replaced by a postal system which provides a
payment of £20 (taxed) to those who return an updated proforma.