Discussion in 'Army Reserve' started by msr, Apr 29, 2003.
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What's the difference between acting and local rank?
Far as I recall, acting you get paid, local you do it for love.
(Also seem to recall that you need to be qualified for the promotion to get acting but local is given for courses etc)
Sort of similar to my idea of the two.
Acting:- you are put to a promotion board and promoted, this is relayed to your brigade and if your brigade ok's it then it is put in part 1 (or 2, not sure which) orders. You then remain acting until either a period of probation has passed or you have passed the command course required to hold the rank substantively.
My understanding is that Substantive rank is much harder to take away hence the reason you get acting rank to make sure you are not a biff before you are made substantive.
Local Rank, is granted at Regiment level and does not have to be approved by Bde, it is usually granted to attend courses that are rank barred such as PTI (L/Cpl)
Both acting and local rank may be paid or not paid which is dealt with under the regs for higher duties pay.
I think during WW2 there many cases of officers being at a local rank two or three above their Substantive rank. So you had sub Major, acting Lt Col & Local Col or even Brig. It all came crashing down in peacetime.
Acting is paid and pensionable, but has to be given up either if your post is taken by someone of substantive rank, or you are posted elsewhere.
You must satisfy the qualification criteria for promotion to either acting or substantive rank.
Local is unpaid, and you're not necessarily qualified.
In summary, accept local if going on a course but if you are qualified for promotion, try and get substantive, rather than acting !
i thought they both fell into the same catagory? ie. you have to go on a course and we aint gonna pay you any extra? i blame cutbacks
But what happens to those of Substantive rank that are only acting in it ............. Like HD
One has an 'Equity' card......the other doesn't.
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