In all fairness, TAQ issue 4 was the only place that I saw chapter and verse about the Additional Periods of Mobilisation (see copy & paste below.). That was timely, relevant and informative. If only we could get that sort of thing more often. As an aside, I've come across some old copies of the TAVR magazine from 1970. The letters page are, well - interesting. Much heat generated by name changes/loss of identity etc.
TAQ 4 said:
Law Changed On Additional
Periods Of Mobilised Service
The Reserve Forces Act 1996 (RFA96) provides
the powers to call out members of the Reserve
Forces into permanent (ie mobilised) service. It also
protects reservists with a number of safeguards,
including limitations on the amount of time a
reservist may be mobilised. Under Section 54 of
the 1996 Act (this is the power which is used to call
out reservists for service in Iraq and Afghanistan)
the duration of mobilised service is limited to 12
months out of any 36-month period.
So a reservist who completed his or her mobilisation
could not be called up again within a 36 month period
if their total time of mobilised service exceeded that 12
month limit (there are exceptions under other sections
of the Act but, generally speaking this, applies to the
vast majority of TA personnel).
But what if you want to be mobilised again?
The Armed Forces Act 2006 (AFA06) has amended
RFA96 by inserting three new sections. These allow
reservists to enter into voluntary written agreements
to undertake a further period of permanent service
(known as Additional Periods of Mobilised Service),
are not in permanent service
could not normally be mobilised because their
total periods of previous permanent service
make them ineligible for call up,
Of course, the regulations are slightly more complicated
than that, but the principle is that TA soldiers can enter
into voluntary agreements to be mobilised even though
they would normally be exempt due to the time already
served on mobilisation. One point to make, however, is
that although the agreements made under AFA06 are
voluntary, once you have been accepted into permanent
service you will be required to complete the period of
service specified in the agreement.
Itâs also important to stress that, once a reservist enters
an agreement to undertake an Additional Period of
Mobilised Service, he or she is treated in the same way
under the 1996 Act as any other reservist who is called
out, with the same obligations and safeguards. Similarly,
the Armed Forces Act does not take away any of the
safeguards for employers, including their right to seek
the exemption or deferral of a reservist from call-out.
If you would like further details on the Armed Forces
Act 06 and the provision for Additional Periods of
Mobilised Service, look out for the Defence Information
Note due to be published in January. Your admin staff
will have a copy.