Chilwell - Tour and Pay

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  1. Hello All,

    I'm hoping that someone on here can hopefully provide a decent insight in to the pay side of things with tour, ideally the guys who've mobbed recently.

    I'm mobilising for Herrick 15 and this weekend we had our Bn led MCCP, the RAO mentioned some of what goes on at Chilwell and I asked how the pay side of things works for those of us who are fortunate enough to earn more on civvy street. We were told that Chilwell will match your pay only if you can prove that you spend all of what you earn and that the Army isn't going to match pay if you don't spend it and save it instead.

    Personally this has left me pretty disgruntled as the message we've had for the last year has been "Chilwell will match your pay". What I don't understand is, why should I be worse off financially for wanting to do "my bit" and put myself in frankly a pretty dangerous position on lower pay.

    So is my RAO correct or will Chilwell just work off what my P60 says?
     
  2. msr

    msr LE

    Your RAO is about 6-7 years out of date. Your pay will be matched provided you can evidence you claim: accounts, P60 etc.

    msr
     
  3. Are you 100% sure that the RAO said this? Or were you sleeping/chatting during the brief? Or, maybe, this is a wah!!

    Either way re-read what you have posted and ask yourself: how can you prove that you 'spend' all your wages? do you think the MOD could actually financially punish you for having savings? Do you think that anybody who earns more in the 'real' world (most i would guess) would take a year long pay cut in order to deploy?

    In a word - no.

    You should ask these questions at the briefings - thats what they are for.
     
  4. Pob02

    Pob02 War Hero Book Reviewer

    as per others your RAO is wrong (or as suggested you misintepreted what was said).
     
  5. I did question her on this point, she said that we have to provide bank statements to prove our outgoings and that effectively the Army aren't going to match a shortfall in pay which just sits in your account.

    Certainly not a Wah, I'm genuinely concerned hence why I'm posting on here. Thankfully you all seem to be providing the answer I wanted to hear.
     
  6. Ask her for the reference for her info, so you can be sure you do exactly what they require.

    Then smile smugly when it looks nothing like what she says.
     
  7. Much as it pains me to agree with BB, if you can provide proof of income then the system will match that.
     
  8. As posted before, if you can prove what you earnt (P60 etc.) that's what you get paid plus whatever TA pay you earnt in the past financial year. The problem may arise if you are self employed as some submissions made in the past have been/are being investigated. What you do with what you earn is up to you, not the Army.
     
  9. Ok thanks gents, massively relieved that there isn't a single comment suggesting she's right!
     
  10. All the details are in Annex K to Chapter 1 of TA Regs:

    ANNEX K TO CHAPTER 1
    GUIDE TO TERMS AND CONDITIONS OF SERVICE ON MOBILIZATION

    (Para 1.057 REFERS)

    General

    1. This Annex is published to provide units and individuals with information about the terms and conditions of service for personnel called out for permanent service (voluntary as well as involuntary). This annex provides single service information that is supplementary to that outlined in JSPs 752, 753 and 754. Because the terms and conditions of service for mobilized personnel are under constant evolution and the provisions laid down in this annex may be added to or changed on the authority of an MOD policy letter at any time. Secondly, items such as telephone facilities, e-mail correspondence and other items not included in this annex but covered by the Operational Welfare Package, may vary from theatre to theatre and the nature of the operations in hand. Units are to ensure that all TA personnel are thoroughly briefed on mobilization terms and conditions of service at least once a year. Individuals are to be encouraged to make appropriate arrangements to suit their personal circumstances so that they are prepared for the possibility of call-out at some time in the future.

    2. An updated version of this guide is issued as an Annex to any letter trawling for volunteers for mobilization. This guide therefore covers both TA personnel and Regular Reservists.

    Mobilization

    Pay, Allowances; Financial Benefits

    3. Call Out Gratuity (COG). If you satisfactorily complete the mobilization process and are accepted as fit to be mobilized, you will be entitled to receive the Call Out Gratuity (tax free) except under the following circumstances:

    a. If you are not accepted for mobilization for any reason.

    b. If you have previously received COG and there is a gap of less than 90 days between your release from permanent service and the date on which you are required to report for your next Call Out.

    4. Pay.

    a.
    You will be converted onto the Regular Army Pay Ranges in accordance with the appropriate rule stated in sub paras b to e below. If however, you are a TA officer holding a QM Commission, a TA officer who was a former Regular LE Commissioned officer, or another TA officer granted mark time rates of pay or reserved rights on being granted a commission in the TA, you will have your TA rate of pay up-rated to reflect the X Factor at the rate for the Regular Army. The resulting rate will then be paid as a Specially Determined Rate of Pay (SDRP). TA Medical, Dental and Veterinary Officers will have their rate of pay calculated in a similar fashion but utilizing the special to type Regular Army pay tables.


    b.
    TA Officers. If you are a TA officer you will be assimilated onto the Regular Army Pay Ranges for Officers at the same incremental point that your substantive rank qualified you for in the TA. Your Incremental Due Date (IDD) will remain unchanged from that recorded on your TA record and therefore any future increment due will be unaffected provided that you continue to satisfy the performance criteria.


    c.
    Regular Reserve Officers. If you are a Regular Reserve Officer whose prior regular service was not on a Pay 2000 structure, you will be assimilated onto the Pay 2000 rates of pay at the incremental level determined by your prior Regular reckonable service rate of pay in issue on your last day of previous Regular service, up-rated by interim AFPRB awards and assimilated onto the closest (equal to or next above) rate for your mobilized rank. If your prior service was on a Pay 2000 structure you will be paid on the incremental level previously held.


    d.
    TA Soldiers. You will be assimilated onto the Regular Army Pay Ranges at the equivalent Range and Incremental Point to which your substantive rank and EQ qualified you for in the TA. Your Incremental Due Date (IDD) will remain unchanged from that recorded on your TA record and therefore any future increment due will be unaffected provided that you continue to satisfy the performance criteria.


    e.
    Regular Reserve Soldiers. If you are a Regular Reserve Soldier whose prior regular service was not on a pay 2000 structure, you will be assimilated onto the Pay 2000 rates of pay at the incremental level determined by your prior Regular reckonable service rate of pay in issue on your last day of previous Regular service, up-rated by interim AFPRB awards and assimilated onto the closest (equal to or next above) rate for your mobilized rank and employment category. If your prior service was on a Pay 2000 structure you will be paid on the incremental level previously held.


    5. Substitution Pay or Acting Rank. If you are in receipt of substitution pay or hold acting rank at the time of mobilization you will revert to the rate of pay appropriate to your substantive rank. However, if after deployment youare appointed to fill a position established for a higher rank, then you will be eligible to be considered for acting rank or substitution pay as appropriate but are not eligible for substantive promotion on these grounds alone. However, if the position is rank ranged then you will not be eligible to be granted acting rank.

    6. Payment of the Military Salary. You will receive your salary monthly, in arrears. It will be paid to your nominated Bank or Building Society current account by the last working day of each calendar month. It is therefore essential that you ensure that your Bank or Building Society details are correctly recorded during the documentation phase at the Mobilization Centre. If you elect to have your salary paid into a Building Society, it must be paid into a current account, i.e. an account with a cheque book and/or cash card. If you do not have a Bank or Building Society current account, you are to make arrangements to open one before you report to the Mobilization Centre, otherwise you will necessarily be paid as a cash paid soldier for the duration of your mobilized service. If you do not have a bank account and only have a Building Society Deposit Account you must bring this matter to the attention of the Pay Cell at the Mobilization Centre. However, you should be aware that there are unlikely to be any facilities for you to open a current account at the Mobilization Centre.

    7. Payments to your Dependants. It is a soldier’s responsibility to ensure that dependants are adequately funded during periods of full time service. If however you do not have a bank or building society current account special arrangements can be made to ensure that you can provide financial support for your dependants. This can be done through the commencement of an allotment from your full time service pay account to any bank or building society account to which your dependant has access. You should therefore either open a bank or building society account to which money can be allotted or provide access to the bank account to which your main pay is to be credited, before you report to the Mobilization Centre. In circumstances where no access to an account can be provided for your dependant, provision for regular Giro-cheque payments, for encashment through a Post Office, may be authorized for the funding of dependants.

    8. Cash in Theatre. Unit Regimental Administrative Officers (RAOs) in your units in Theatre may have the facility to issue you with cash payments from Imprest. If so, such payments will be debited against your pay account. Arrangements may also exist for you to be able to cash personal cheques in Theatre. You will be informed whether or not this facility is in use for a particular operation in the DSPS(A) booklet issued to you on Call Out.

    9. Allowances. Mobilized personnel may claim all appropriate allowances, subject to meeting the eligibility criteria laid down in JSP 752 Tri-Service Regulations for Allowances. The following points should be noted:

    a. Travel to the Mobilization Centre. Travel arrangements to the Mobilization Centre will be made by the Joint Personnel Administration Centre (Mobilization Cell) and a travel warrant provided. If you incur travel expenses for your journey to the Mobilization Centre, and/or the journey from home lasts for more than 5 hours, you may claim a refund of travel expenses and Subsistence Allowance. Receipts for all expenditure must be retained in order to support your claims. However, if you travel in unit transport and are provided with food under Service arrangements during the journey, you will not be entitled to make any claim. You will be given the opportunity to claim travel and subsistence allowances while at the Mobilization Centre. The HR admin staff will explain your entitlements to you when you give them details of your travel arrangements.

    b. Daily Commuting Costs. Mobilized personnel who are deployed for duty in UK rather than an overseas operational theatre may claim Home to Duty Travel for home to duty journeys in accordance with JSP 752 Chapter 4 Section 13.

    10. Reserved

    11. Regular Army Redundees. If you are a regular redundee, you will not be asked to repay any of the Special Capital Payment awarded for redundancy if you are mobilized, regardless of the length of your mobilized service.

    Financial Assistance for Reservists - Reservist’s Award (RA), Allowable Expenses Claims (AEC) & Pension Payments

    12. General. The revised scheme introduced by The Reserve Forces (Call-out and Recall) (Financial Assistance) Regulations 2005 - Statutory Instrument Number 859 of 2005, is available on The Reserve Forces (Call-out and Recall) (Financial Assistance) Regulations 2005 which covers the financial assistance measures shown below.

    a. The Reservist Award (RA). RA is a taxable payment that is designed to make good any loss in earnings and/or company benefits arising from mobilized service. If your military salary exceeds your previous income then you will not be entitled to receive a Reservists Award.

    b. The Allowable Expenses Claim (AEC). AEC provides recompense of certain additional expenditure that you might incur as a direct result of entering mobilized service. Any claim will have to be supported by evidence of the additional expenditure and in some circumstances will be dependent upon the production of receipts for that expenditure. Entitlement to a claim for AEC is not dependent upon having an entitlement to RA.

    c. Pension Payments. The entitlement for the payment of previous employer pension contributions is also not dependent upon having entitlement to either RA or AEC.

    13. The Reservist Award. Parliament has imposed ceilings on the maximum payment (military salary plus RA) to be made according to certain criteria. These ceilings, which include the combined earnings and benefits, as described in Paragraphs 15 and 16 below, are as follows:

    a. For accredited medical consultants whose relevant service is within the Defence Medical Services as a medical consultant: £822 per day.

    b. For all other reservists: £548 per day.

    14. The scheme will be explained to you in more detail at the Mobilization Centre where you will have the opportunity to submit a claim. It is essential that you take with you to the Mobilization Centre proof of all civilian earnings, TA pay and Company Benefits (as outlined below) received for the previous 52 weeks and/or financial year, plus proof of earnings for the current year and evidence of any pay award that you have been granted for future implementation. Self employed individuals must also bring evidence of their personal income derived from their business activities. You will also need to provide evidence to support any additional financial commitments that have commenced as a direct result of your having been Called-Out for mobilized service.

    15. Previous Earnings.

    a.
    Civilian Earnings. These include salary, wages (including overtime), fees, drawings, bonuses, commission of a recurring nature, and/or profit share arrangements. You will require evidence in the form of your P60 for the previous year, and/or pay statements and/or other relevant evidence for the current year, ie. proof of earnings for the past 52 weeks or more. If you are in partnership or are self employed, you must produce certified accounts for the last trading year, or at the very least a statement on headed writing paper from a certified chartered accountant confirming that your business is bona-fide, together with details of the income you have received or are expected to receive


    b. Reserve Pay. Evidence of any reserve pay received during the previous 52 weeks, in the form of an AF P60 (Army) or all TA pay statements for the current year, will be required to support any claim.

    c. Non-Admissible Income. The following are not admissible for inclusion in any claim for RA:

    (1)
    Any allowance or grant payable to the reservist in connection with his service as a member of the armed forces.


    (2)
    Any sums paid or payable by way of bounty to the reservist in respect of his undertaking prescribed training as a reservist and attaining a prescribed standard of efficiency.


    (3)
    Any payments made for the benefit of the reservist, his spouse orpartner, or dependants for accommodation or educational fees, or premiums in relation to pension schemes, health or medical insurance or life assurance.


    (4)
    The value of any payments in respect of any motor vehicle provided by the reservist’s employer and available for the private use by him, his spouse or partner, or dependants.


    16. Company Benefits. You will be required to produce details of the Company benefits shown below, which may be claimed within the overall ceilings of a RA, but only if they are withdrawn on mobilization. (Documentary evidence will be required to support your claim):

    a. Payments for health or medical insurance available for the benefit of the Reservist, his spouse or partner or any dependants where:

    (1)
    That insurance was immediately before the relevant date paid for by the employer; and


    (2)
    Where the employer has ceased or will cease to pay for such a benefit as a result of the relevant service of the reservist.


    b. Payments for life insurance in respect of the reservist where:

    (1)
    That insurance was immediately before the relevant date paid for by the employer; and


    (2)
    The employer has ceased or will cease to pay for such a benefit as a result of the relevant service of the reservist; and


    c. Any additional payments for the accommodation of his spouse or partner or any dependants where:

    (1)
    Such accommodation was immediately before the relevant date paid for in whole or in part by the employer; and


    (2)
    The employer has ceased or will cease to make such payments as a result of the relevant service of the reservist; and

    d. Any additional payments for educational fees for any dependent child(ren) where:

    (1)
    Such fees were immediately before the relevant date paid for by the employer; and


    (2)
    The employer has ceased or will cease to pay such fees as a result of the relevant service of the reservist; and


    e. Where immediately before the relevant date the reservist had the use of a company car that was also at the disposal of his spouse, partner or any dependants, and:

    (1)
    Where such a company car will no longer be at the disposal of the reservist’s spouse, partner or any dependants as a result of the relevant service of the reservist; and


    (2)
    Where no other car is available to the reservist’s spouse, partner or any dependants for their use.


    This is payable at a fixed rate of £10.70 per day.

    f. Payments made by the reservist in respect of such other benefits that the reservist received from the employer where:

    (1) Such a benefit was immediately before the relevant date paid for by the employer; and

    (2) The employer has ceased or will cease to pay for such a benefit as a result of the relevant service of the reservist.

    17. Allowable Expenses Claims (AEC). Allowable expenses means those expenses specified below which are incurred by the reservist as a result of his relevant service and which will cease at the end of the relevant period. Those allowable expenses are:

    a. Additional payments made by the reservist in respect of the care of a dependent child(ren).

    b. Additional payments made by the reservist in respect of the care of any dependent relative who is ordinarily resident with the reservist.

    c. Additional payments made by the reservist in respect of the care of an animal for which the reservist is responsible, but does not include:

    (1) Any veterinary bills that would have been incurred in any event had the reservist not been performing relevant service; and

    (2) The care of animals that are the subject of a commercial activity of the reservist, which forms the basis of his livelihood;

    d. Additional payments made by the reservist in respect of insurance for leaving his main residence unoccupied for an extended period of time;

    e. Additional payments made by the reservist in respect of the essential maintenance of his main residence and garden.

    f. Such other expenses which in the reasonable opinion of the adjudication officer it is appropriate for the reservist to claim.

    A claim under this regulation may be for allowable expenses which have been or will be paid. In the case of an allowable expense which will be paid, an adjudication officer may agree to make monthly payments subject to evidence being provided subsequently that the amounts have been paid by the reservist.

    18. Pension Payments (Contributions).

    a. You will be required to produce details of your civilian employment pension scheme, including both your employer’s and your personal contributions, and all banking and reference details. If your employer does not intend to continue to pay the employer’s contribution during your mobilized service, you must ask him to state this on the proforma he is invited to complete. For the employer’s contribution to be paid by MOD, you will be required to give written notice of your intention to continue to meet your obligated pension contributions.

    b. If your employer does not make a contribution to your pension scheme then you may request that the adjudication officer ensures that the person to whom your employees contributions are paid continues to accept your contributions as thought you were still their employee.

    c. If you maintain a Private Pension Plan and you select continuance of it as your pension option during mobilized service, then arrangements for that continuance rest entirely with you.

    d. Note that if you choose to be included in the Armed Forces Pension Scheme (AFPS ) or the Reserve Forces Pension Scheme you cannot contribute to any civilian personal or employment pension scheme at the same time (see also para 26A below).

    19. Documentary evidence is required to support all of the above items listed in Paragraphs 15 to 18 before a claim can be authorized. An Adjudication Officer may however authorize the payment of an interim award, pending receipt of the necessary evidence, if he/she is satisfied that such evidence will be forthcoming.

    20. Significant Civilian Pay Increases. If you have received a significant civilian pay increase in the present financial year that you believe should be taken into account, or that you have been awarded an increase, which would have come into effect during your period of mobilized service, you must bring details with you, and submit a claim for special consideration. Your case would then be forwarded to the Director of Staff and Personnel Support (Army) for a decision. Failure to provide proof of earnings and benefits will delay a final decision on your entitlement to your claim or delay payment of your full entitlement while proof of earnings is awaited.

    21. Time Limits for Making a Claim.

    a. A claim under these Regulations may not be made before the relevant date.

    b. A claim for a Reservists Award shall not be made more than 4 weeks after the end of the relevant period unless an adjudication officer agrees to an extended period.

    22. Tax. You must bring evidence of your current Tax Code with you to the Mobilization Centre. This should be shown on your P60 or current civilian pay statement. The staff can then ensure that your Tax Code for your period of mobilization is adjusted correctly. You will however be required to complete an IR Form P46 to inform the Inland Revenue that you are entering full time Army service and if you fail to bring evidence of your current Tax Code, the Army will be obliged to apply the Emergency Tax Code. This may mean you will initially pay tax at a higher rate than necessary. Recovery of any overpayment of tax will be your own personal responsibility.

    TA Bounty

    23. It has been agreed by the MOD that the following provisions will apply to mobilized service:

    a. 15 or more days mobilized service may count in lieu of Camp only for bounty earning purposes in the current TA Year (1 April to 31 March.)

    b. Similarly, if that 15 days or an additional 15 days mobilized service falls during January, February or March, it may be allowed to count in lieu of Camp only for the following training year. (It would therefore be possible to earn exemption from Camp for both the present training year and next year, if you are mobilized for more than 30 days, if at least 15 days of your mobilized service fell in the period from the first of January to the 31st of March.)

    c. With effect from 01 April 2004 the proportion of the training year spent in permanent service may count in lieu of the same proportion of the out of camp training obligation for that year. However, at least one day’s out of camp training is to be completed in that training year. Therefore, if an individual is mobilized for the whole training year from 1 April to 31 March, he is ineligible to receive bounty for that year.

    24. Whether or not the provisions of para 23 are in force, you should be aware that if necessary, you may apply for your unit to seek an extension of the training year up to 30 June so that you can complete any outstanding bounty earning training after demobilization. If mobilized service is allowed to count in lieu of camp, you will invariably not have completed all of your out of camp training and should make use of the extended training year if necessary in order to qualify for bounty.

    Pensions

    25. Declaration of Intent. When you are mobilized for permanent service, you will be asked to sign, either on the proforma distributed with your mobilization pack or at the Mobilization Centre, a Declaration of Intent concerning your pension wishes for your period of permanent service.

    a. You are permitted to choose only one option for that period of permanent service. Your choice will depend on your status and what pension arrangements you already have in force.

    b. Financial Advice. According to your personal circumstances, you may have to make a choice between two or more of the options shown above. If so you are strongly advised to consult an Independent Finacial Advise (IFA) now, so that if you receive a call-out notice in the future, you will already know which option will be most advantageous for you.

    26. Call-Out under Parts 4, 5 or 6 of RFA 96 & Equivalent Provisions of RFA 80. These parts of RFA 96 cover members of the High Readiness Reserve, Sponsored Reservists who are in receipt of the military salary when mobilized, that is those who are not paid by their civilian employer, and ordinary members of the TA and Regular Reserve.

    a. RFPS Members. Current members of the RFPS will continue to build up benefits under the RFPS. Members are not offered a fresh choice, but they can opt out at any time.

    b. All Other Personnel. All other personnel may choose one of the following:

    (1) to continue in their existing civilian occupational or personal pension arrangement (see para 26A).

    (2) to receive benefits under RFPS.

    (3) to join the State Second Pension Scheme (S2P).

    (4) to enter into a personal pension arrangement (see para 27).

    26A. Civilian Occupational or Personal Pension Arrangement. For reservists opting to continue in their civilian occupational scheme, MOD will contribute the employer’s element but the individual must continue to pay their employee contributions. Individuals will need to provide details of their civilian employment pension scheme to enable the necessary payments to be made. Where there is no employer’s contribution to personal pension schemes; the individual will simply continue paying as he has contracted to do.

    26B. The Reserve Forces Pension Scheme (RFPS).

    a. Reservists opting to be a member of the RFPS can, on demobilization, apply to transfer their pension benefits to another pension arrangement or leave them in RFPS. If they are left in the RFPS, they will be paid as a pension when you leave if you are aged 60 or over. If you are not in service at age 60, your pension will be preserved and paid at age 65. Where you have several periods of RFPS service, the entitlement for each period will be calculated separately and, when the pension becomes payable, they will be increased to take account of inflation and added together to give a single award. Although there is no qualifying period for the receipt of a pension, there is a 2-year qualifying period for ill-health and dependants’ benefits. In cases where the pension is small (if, for instance, you have only a very short period of service) it may be possible to exchange it for a one-off lump sum.

    b. If you have opted to earn further benefits under the RFPS and are already in receipt of an RFPS pension, on demobilization, the mobilized service will be added to your previous service and the value of your pension will be adjusted.

    c. If you have opted to earn further benefits under the RFPS and were already eligible to receive a preserved RFPS pension, on demobilization, the value of that preserved pension will be adjusted to take account of the mobilized service.

    27. Personnel Recalled under Part 7, RFA 96 or Corresponding Provision of RFA 80.

    a. Personnel may opt to:

    (1)
    Continue in their existing civilian occupational or personal pension arrangements (see para 27).


    (2)
    Join AFPS 05.


    (3)
    Join S2P.


    (4)
    Enter into a personal pension arrangement (see para 27).


    (5)
    Rejoin AFPS 75 (only available to recalled personnel in receipt of an immediate pension under AFPS 75).


    27A. Armed Forces Pension Schemes (AFPS).

    a. AFPS 05. If you join AFPS 05 but had a preserved award under AFPS 75, you may aggregate the preserved award from AFPS 75 into AFPS 05. However, you should be aware that whilst AFPS 05 has improved death-in-service and spouse’s, civil partner’s and partner’s benefits, it also features a preserved pension age of 65 not 60. If you leave with less than 2 years’ service in AFPS 05, you will not qualify for a preserved pension. However, you may be able to transfer the notional value of benefits to another pension scheme. If you do not apply to do so, you will be contracted back into the State Scheme for the period of your mobilized service.

    b. AFPS 75. If you elected to rejoin AFPS 75, your pension will be adjusted on demobilization to reflect your further service.

    27B. Full Time Reserve Service Pension Scheme (FTRSPS). If you have earned credits within the FTRSPS prior to 06 April 05 you will not be able to enhance those through further membership of that scheme. Your options will depend upon how long the credits that you have built up equate to:

    a. 2 Years or more of Membership. This credit will be preserved for payment to you at the age of 60.

    b. Less than 2 Years of Membership. As this is insufficient time to qualify for the payment of a pension under this scheme you will be bought back into the State Second Pension (S2P)

    c. Transfer of Benefits. You may transfer any benefits (credits) earned within the FTRSPS into the RFPS, however, you should be aware that preserved benefits under this scheme are not payable until age 65.

    28. Non-attributable Pensions. Reservists covered by AFPS 75, AFPS 05 and RFPS during their permanent service may be entitled to pensions and lump sums in respect of injuries that are not attributable to military service and their Widow(er)s/Families to benefits in respect of deaths that are not attributable to service, provided they have at least 2 years reckonable service. Reservists who opt to remain in their civilian pension scheme will have to check with their civilian scheme regarding benefits for injuries or deaths that are not attributable to military service.

    29. Abatement.

    a. If you are in receipt of a pension from AFPS 75, AFPS 05 or RFPS, your pension will not be abated during your period of mobilized service.

    b. If you are in receipt of Early Departure Payments (EDP), they will cease. This is because they are in part compensation for not having a job in the Armed Forces and mobilization is, effectively, re-employment with the Armed Forces. Your EDP can be considered as earnings you would have received but for mobilization when submitting a claim under SI 859 for a Reservists financial assistance award (see paras 10 to 16).

    c. You will not be required to repay any of your EDP lump sum.

    d. On demobilization, if you are under age 55, your EDP income will be restored at the same level. If you were recalled under Part 7 of RFA 96 or corresponding provision of RFA 80, it will not restart if you are demobilized after the age of 55. Instead you will receive your pension, including your pension lump sum, which would otherwise be preserved until the age of 65. Your additional service will not affect the amount you are paid in EDP income but if you rejoin AFPS 05 your preserved AFPS 05 benefits will be increased to reflect all your mobilized service.

    e. You will not be required to repay any of your Resettlement Grant.

    30. The Armed Forces Compensation Scheme. The Armed Forces Compensation Scheme (AFCS) is effective from 6 April 2005 and is managed by the Service Personnel and Veterans Agency (SPVA). The AFCS covers benefits you may become eligible to receive in the event of an attributable injury or death in service that occurs on or after 6 April 2005. The scheme provides for the payment of a Lump Sum Award and a Guaranteed Income Payment in the event of death in service and also for some tariff-based injury payments dependent upon severity. Full details of the scheme will be provided to you at the Mobilization Centre.
     
  11. "mobilized"???

    aaaaargh
     
  12. I know, horrible isn't it? Unfortunately the Oxford English Dictionary has that spelling as well. Bah, humbug!
     
  13. Que much rustling of The Thunderer and huurmps all round.
     
  14. And to add to that - she's wrong. Having just been through the process.

    Reservists' Award - based on the total of your TA pay and your civilian pay over the last year or, if self-employed, based on the projected loss of earnings over the mobilised period. Nothing to do with what you actually spend (which was the old, pre-2005 system - where I used to get a whole £1.45 uplift).

    There is also the Additional Expenses thing but, being married to a fairly compentent cat wrangler, I've never even tried to make a case for that.
     
  15. That's a pretty shocking performance from your RAO. If true, she should be f#cking sacked.