Free prescriptions & dental care etc for the TA?

#1
Having more time on my hands than I would like (I'd rather be earning, than scraping some kind of living) I've been dipping into ArmyNet and found files that appear to show regulars get free dental work, eye care and prescriptions etc. but doesn't make it clear what we as reservists get (if anything). Under the 'one army' we keep hearing about, does anyone have a definitive guide to what we are entitled to (or would be if we knew how to apply for it)? Links would be appreciated! :D

I am aware that there has been a debate on benefits (as in unemployment benefits) but that didn't shed any light onto my query.
 
#6
"Supposedly" you can get a set of issue joe 90 specs at the same time you get lenses for your ressi.
 
#8
Even if you get dental work prior to moblisation that still cannot be claimed for on JPA, which is rather hoop as some guys are paying out and upto #70!

However if you get an eye test for resi lenses and it costs you, that can be claimed back. But not for a routine check up.
 
#11
As mentioned before, I do think if you are warned off for mobilisation and in receipt of JI's for RTMC, you should be given access to Defence Dentists for a check up and recommendations for work to do, prior to getting to RTMC.
 
#12
Many TA soldiers get various perks through their civvy job, Company car, overtime, Bonuses. I don't hear Regulars using the one Army concept to try and get some of your perks.
You can't honestly expect to receive the same benefits as a regular.
 
#13
Peter_Skellen said:
Even if you get dental work prior to moblisation that still cannot be claimed for on JPA, which is rather hoop as some guys are paying out and upto #70!
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try £150 and not a penny back.
and 7 weeks unemployed as i had had to quit to mobilise

In fact they spent more time feckin me around in the dental centre at Chilwell, only to bin me than, it would of taken to remove the tooth(which broke the night before we went to Chilwell)

It menat I ended up deploying with a totally unfamiliar bunch of guys and only found out who i'd be with 2 days before flying into Iraq.

Pizz up and brewery spring to mind :(
 
#14
vandyke said:
Many TA soldiers get various perks through their civvy job, Company car, overtime, Bonuses. I don't hear Regulars using the one Army concept to try and get some of your perks.
You can't honestly expect to receive the same benefits as a regular.
No one is putting the regs down. The TA are now fully integrated as part time soldiers and far removed from the TA of old. There is no doubt that the regulars could not function effectively without the TA given the current demands on manpower. To attract, reacruit and retain good people we need parity between the two groups (regular and part time).

There is no reason, to my mind, why we should not receive the same perks as regulars. Yes, there are some perks to being a part-time squaddy but there are also a shed load of down sides too (If a reg wants to swap my current lack of job security, lack of pay (or any pay at all for that matter...I'm self employed) they are welcome). :wink:

Each regular and reservists soldier volunteers for individual reasons but ALL agree to put their lives on the line in the service of our country. Both groups have to reach set standards of fitness and efficiency (There should be NO difference in standards between the two although, I accept, that there are some in some units/ arms but these are being removed over time). One group has to juggle a family life around the army, so does the other but also a civvi job as well.
 
#15
I'm not knocking the TA, they do a fine job. However the AFPRB take into account the "free" prescriptions and dental.
Now as TA pay is not your main income. How whould you feel if your civvy employer paid you less than your non-ta collegue because you get "free" care.

If you want free dentist either join up or go on the dole.
I do respect the TA but all this moaning about pensions and perks, do you no credit.
OK you dont get some of the perks as a TA but you also avoid alot of the downside.
 
#16
vandyke said:
Many TA soldiers get various perks through their civvy job, Company car, overtime, Bonuses. I don't hear Regulars using the one Army concept to try and get some of your perks.
You can't honestly expect to receive the same benefits as a regular.
When you're doing the same job, in the same place, at the same time, then why not?

Otherwise the term 'agency staff' springs to mind.
 

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#17
angular said:
vandyke said:
Many TA soldiers get various perks through their civvy job, Company car, overtime, Bonuses. I don't hear Regulars using the one Army concept to try and get some of your perks.
You can't honestly expect to receive the same benefits as a regular.
When you're doing the same job, in the same place, at the same time, then why not?
Otherwise the term 'agency staff' springs to mind.
Which is exactly what happens. When you are mobilised or on FTRS you get access to military dental and medical support. When you are on "normal" TA time, you don't. You then rely on the NHS or private, the same as everyone else in the UK.
 
#18
angular said:
vandyke said:
Many TA soldiers get various perks through their civvy job, Company car, overtime, Bonuses. I don't hear Regulars using the one Army concept to try and get some of your perks.
You can't honestly expect to receive the same benefits as a regular.
When you're doing the same job, in the same place, at the same time, then why not?

Otherwise the term 'agency staff' springs to mind.
When you are doing the same job in the same place at the same time, I do believe you receive free medical and dental treatment.
 
#19
vandyke said:
I'm not knocking the TA, they do a fine job. However the AFPRB take into account the "free" prescriptions and dental.
Now as TA pay is not your main income. How whould you feel if your civvy employer paid you less than your non-ta collegue because you get "free" care.

If you want free dentist either join up or go on the dole.
I do respect the TA but all this moaning about pensions and perks, do you no credit.
OK you dont get some of the perks as a TA but you also avoid alot of the downside.
I realise that you weren't knocking us and I wasn't moaning, I just wanted to check if I was missing out on something I (and everyone else in the TA) might be fully entitled to but just didn't know about. After all, we all know how great the Army is at communicating this kind of stuff! :roll:

My point that has developed from that though is that; if I, as a civvi I employ a part time member of staff in my business they receive the same perks and allowances as a full time member of staff. If I didn't I would get done by the government and/ or lose good staff. They get paid less per year and have freedom to work elsewhere/ juggle other commitments BUT they receive the same package for doing the same job QED. :)
 

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