While I agree with you, I am surprised that you expect any real 'logic' to be applied in allocating defence cuts.
I suspect the 'MOD logic' goes: recruiting is good, the Army is full and FTRS is an easy budget line to cut (none of these actually needs to be true, of course.) The fact that they are (or, at least, should be) employing people on FTRS for specific skills or to fill particular gaps that the regs cannot or will not fill will be lost on those who are merely looking at the number of beans to be counted.
hi mate i am on ftrs now and i keep my ear close to the ground at all times ive not heard of any cut backs .if anything if youre in a trade with a shortage.why would they get shut off you after all we are a decent gap filler as the description asks for we know the job and not afraid to get stuck in .cheers
Tell your friend to ask their RCMO. With the recruiting slots being filled in faster than polyfilla, then a FTRS sojer has to to be able to compete with their regular counterpart.
However if the btn or bty your friend is with no longer requires them, then
FTRS Full Commitment - The full rate that a Regular on your pay grade would get, including 13% X factor and most of the Regular Allowances. Pension etc. Only down-side is that you are as deployable as any Regular.
FTRS Home Commitment - Basic pay and Pension, no X factor, no travel. - ie less than your TA rate, where you get 5% x Factor and HTD. Non Deployable.
Either are better than ADC, which is a complete con. Basic pay and pension for 220 days a year, no travel - which means you are doing roughly the same number of hours at work as a full-time bod but only getting 220 days pay - and a reduced pension entitlement - while they get 365 days pay. ( 52 weeks, minus 6 weeks leave and public holidays = 220 working days ?)
All fantasy now anyway as all the above are fast moving into the realm of History.