This from the AFPRB Report: Reserves 3.32 To support our annual assessment of Reserves Bounties, MOD provided manning and Continuous Attitude Survey evidence. We also gathered views from our visits and discussed these with the Assistant Chief of Defence Staff (Reserves and Cadets) and the Director of Reserve Forces and Cadets. The 2006 National Audit Office Report and MODs evidence demonstrate the enduring commitment to Reserves supporting operations. The Territorial Army (TA) mobilise 1,200 personnel annually and 26 per cent of Royal Naval Reserve (RNR) and 73 per cent of Royal Marine Reserve (RMR) have mobilised since the start of Op TELIC. RAF Reserves (RAuxAF) deploying at 25 per cent have doubled since 2006. MOD commented that the commitment to operations was stable, manning levels were sustainable without compulsory mobilisation, and greater forward planning had improved preparation and training. 3.33 Reserves trained strength continues to fall short of requirement TA 85 per cent strength, RNR 71 per cent, RMR 88 per cent and RAuxAF 65 per cent. Recruitment has been in decline since 1999 and remains a significant challenge but a One Service recruiting initiative is underway. Retention is complex, influenced by the quality of training and external pressures from employers and families. Further work was planned, alongside the review of Reserve Terms and Conditions of Service, to improve the mix between full and part time service. In this regard, we urge MOD to maintain progress integrating Reserves and Regulars, particularly on operations, to look at single-Service Bounty requirements and to ensure employer goodwill is maintained. In the meantime, MOD, and those we met on visits, continued to emphasise the importance to retention of the Bounties. We also note that Reserves continue to be an integral part of operational capability. With these in mind, we recommend Bounties and the Call-Out Gratuity be increased in line with our overall pay recommendation. Recommendation 10: We recommend that all rates of Compensatory Allowances be increased by 2.6 per cent from 1 April 2008. The recommended rates are set out at Appendix 2. Recommendation 11: We recommend the following rates of Reserves Bounty from 1 April 2008: Volunteer Reserve Forces Training Bounty Year 1 £405, Year 2 £891, Year 3 £1,376 and Year 5 £1,596; Ex-Regular Officers and Other Ranks Training Bounty £359; University Units Bounty Year 1 £139, Year 2 £161 and Year 3 £196; High Readiness Reserve Bounty £405; Sponsored Reserve Bounty based on the Training Bounty with rates varying between 50 per cent and 100 per cent depending on training commitment; and Call-Out Gratuity £485.