taken from armynet - "Management of Soldiers" handbook for commanders:
On commissioning or enlistment, officers and soldiers relinquish some of the rights that they would enjoy as civilians. As such they do not have a contract of employment. Instead they have terms and conditions of service (TACOS) that specify how they are to be employed, how their careers will be managed, how they will be promoted, and how, for example, they will be remunerated.
? In forming these TACOS account is taken of employment legislation. Not all employment legislation applies to the Armed Forces. Exemption is only given, however, when a case can be made to demonstrate that operational effectiveness would be undermined by compliance with certain regulations. Thus regulations limiting hours of work or granting rights to part-time work are not applied to military personnel, although an attempt is often made to apply the spirit of such rules in peacetime. Regulations are in place for maternity, adoption, paternity, parental leave; working time and benefits available. Since there is no contract of employment there is no recourse to the civil courts in case of contractual dispute. This is dealt with instead by the internal complaints system given in AGAI Ch 70.
Complaints to an Employment Tribunal (ET)
? Service personnel may also take their complaints to a civilian ET for cases of:
Race Relations issues.
Religious intolerance (NI).
? Access to ETs is limited to these cases. Service personnel may not take claims of unfair dismissal to ETs.
? Before submitting their case to an ET they must have sought satisfaction under the Armys internal redress system. There is a strict time limit of
6 months from the date of the alleged incident to refer a case to an