FTRS - Full Time Reserve Service


Anyone interested in FTRS or serving on FTRS may be interested to know that there may be an extension of FTRS use in the pipeline and that the APC will be getting more staff - hooray!

My own experience of the application system left a lot to be desired, although RTMC was good and both postings have been great experiences, (so far) and I am having a great time. My experiences are not as bad as Cardinal and I would encourage anyone interested to go for it. PM me if you need any help.

Does anyone else have any bad experiences of the admin they would like to record so we can encourage APC to get it right?

Cardinal said:
FTRS posts are usually advertised within a certain rank range, there are lots for the most senior SNCO's WOII but also a large amount for junior NCO's, its the Sgt slots which seem few and far between.

Officer posts are abundant, lots in "jobs for the boys" type roles.

I understand you can volunteer for a post at a slightly higher rank and if accepted you do the job in the rank specified in the trawl. You can also drop a rank as well to ensure you get a job, if your desperate.

Apart from jobs specific to your capbadge there are a lot of generic E2 jobs for any capbadge.

Beware! FTRS is not like mobilisation, the process is long, drawn out and highly inefficient. Communications between the FTRS desk at Glasgow and candidate are nightmarish, worse still between the FTRS Desk and the unit with the vacancy and at best questionable between the unit and candidate. Be prepared to be buggered about in best army tradition if you do apply.

here are some examples. I applied for an SQMS job in Arborfield, waas told by the FTRS desk that I was to be called forward and then nothing, I waitied and waited, I asked if I should contactthe unit directly and was told not to. Eventually in sheer frustration I contacted Arborfield to be told by them that the vacancy had been de-established several months before.

Then I saw a vacancy at HQ Land for Media Ops (V). since I was there I popped my head round the corner to ask about it to be told the job had gone but there was one with regular Media Ops. The FTRS desk had no details of the job and had not advertised it. I applied, was shortlisted, sat the interview and heard nothing more.

Next I applied for an open med supply post. I applied, got a letter from FTRS offering me a job, subject to clearance at RTMC, a job. The squadron did not exist! later it was decided the Regiment in question had no vacancy. Another post was found, I went up met the OC, 2ic, SSM and got on very well. That was in September. delay followed delay, paperwork at Glasgow went missing and the whole thing ground to a halt. RTMC said they could not load me onto a course until january 07. I was contacted by the unit who asked if I would go on OPTAG with them, which I did and they also requested that rather than wait until January I could start FTRS straight away and train with the guys I would deploy with via the Regimental Training Team (it is a regular unit). RTMC refused and said I could not start FTRS until I had done their course.

Later I was contacted by FTRS Glasgow, who said I could start with the unit as soon as I had been through RTMC induction day prior to going on the RTMC course. By this stage I had a civvi job over the holday period.
Since then I have managed to break both my ankle and tooth, the ankle is getting better, the tooth I am waiting for a dentists appointment to get fixed, either could fail me at RTMC.

After mnearly six months I am as far from starting the FTRS post as I was when I first applied.

In short FTRS is a bloody nightmare, slow, unmotivated and inefficient. By contrast Mobilisation is quick, easy and efficient.



[edited for typos and to make sense]


War Hero
I ended up withdrawing my application. Too many delays the last of which was caused by an injury so cannot be attributed to the army.

I have done FTRS before and when on the posting it was, as Pendomus said, brilliant. I would also say that in regard to this application some of the delays were caused by the AMS rather than FTRS desk in Glasgow and a little misinformation from RTMC.

Any improvement in the FTRS system which will enable it to run more efficiently is good, since the concept of FTRS is very sound.

No one should be put off by my comments, my first FTRS sucessful application went very well so too might yours. Try it and see how it goes, no doubt I will try again in the not too distant future.



How does it work then?
I've seen a potential FTRS role at a unit close to me but it's not my cap-badge.
Is it still possible to apply if the cap-badges are different?


War Hero
If they have the post advertised as E2 or are willing to accept E2 then any cap badge can apply, its almost a generic post.

There are always more than a few E2 posts advertised.

If you know of a potential post talk to the unit and ask them to advertise it as an E2, I dont know if they have to consider all applicants though. I suspect they might no have to advertise the post just offer it to a likely candidate.


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