From the AFPRB 12/13 report Office of Manpower Economics - AFPRB reports Territorial Army Commitment Bonus Early Years 3.65. We received a proposal from MOD on a Commitment Bonus, which would be paid to Direct Entrant Territorial Army (TA) Junior Officers, and ex-Regulars in the early years of their Reserve service. It would provide an initial payment of £2,000, followed by three staged annual payments of £1,000 to encourage recruitment and retention. This total incentive of £5,000 (before tax) is offered to those identified as critical to meeting MODs 2018 target of 30,000 fully trained TA Reservists. MOD acknowledges that current non-remunerative and remunerative measures have failed to recruit and retain sufficient levels of TA personnel, even before the ambitious 2018 target. It is expected to cost £17.6m over the next five years with the aim of having 22,500 deployable TA by 2015. 3.66. MOD proposed to review the effectiveness of the policy with a review submitted to us during the 201516 round. While we are content to endorse the package, we would like regular updates on the impact of this measure on recruitment and retention, and we are prepared to revisit the issue before the next scheduled review if that should be necessary. Recommendation 12: We recommend that the Territorial Army Commitment Bonus Early Years be implemented.