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Service in the RAF Reserves is normally on a part-time basis. However, you will see Full-Time Reserve Service (FTRS) vacancies advertised.

These roles are open, in the main, to ex-Service personnel. The broad principle behind the FTRS is that personnel are recruited to make use of skills and competences they already hold (from regular or other Reserve service). Training requirements, therefore, tend to be nil or limited to simple refresher training.

All Full Time Reserve Service (FTRS) vacancies are listed here. FTRS jobs are for reservists who wish to serve full time with regulars for a predetermined period in a specific posting.

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The RAF offers a wide range of opportunities in the Reserves for civilians as well as ex-RAF.

This site covers vacancies specifically for those who have left regular or reserve service. Vacancies occur in the following categories:

Full Time Reserve Service (FTRS)

Personnel are recruited to make use of competencies they already hold from regular or other reserve service. Training requirements are therefore generally nil or limited to simple refresher training. Additionally, FTRS service offers periods of permanent service for auxiliary personnel to gain experience in the training they have received and in exceptional cases, to undertake regular training courses that are not offered in a modularised capacity. A reservist serving on FTRS terms will be offered a commitment for a specific post at a specified location

Additional Duties Commitment (ADC)

Personnel are recruited to make use of competencies they already hold from regular or other reserve service. Training requirements are therefore generally nil or limited to simple refresher training. Additionally, ADC service offers periods of service for auxiliary personnel to gain experience in the training they have received and in exceptional cases, to undertake regular training courses that are not offered in a modularised capacity.

Volunteer ex-Regular Reserve (VeRR)

The RAF has an ongoing requirement to provide augmentation and backfilling during contingent operations and to undertake specialist projects. One way of meeting this need is by employing VeRRs who, on leaving regular or reserve service, were identified as having the experience and skills which make them suitable for such duties, irrespective of whether they had a reserve liability within the terms of the RFA 96 and other regulations. VeRR posts are usually created for a minimum of 10 and a maximum of 90 days per year.

Base Support Group (BSG) Trial – VeRR Opportunities

We are trialling a different Reserve concept of employment (available to ex-Regulars and Reserves).  The Base Support Group trial is running at RAF Boulmer, RAFC Cranwell, RAF Honington and RAF Lossiemouth and will offer opportunities on VeRR terms on an ‘as and when required’ basis for those who would like to participate in the workforce part-time.  The concept has similarities to supply teachers and other agency type staff.  You will be in uniform, keep your ID and have access to most stn facilities.  If you live in the proximity of one of the trial stations, would like to find out more and learn how to register an ‘expression of interest’ you can find further details through Stn social media. For further information email - Air-COSPers-MannRsrvsFR20SO1@mod.uk

Royal Auxiliary Air Force (RAuxAF)

Part-Time Volunteer Reserve (PTVR) service is undertaken mainly by members of the RAuxAF. A fundamental principle of PTVR service is that there is no legal commitment or employment contract between the Service and the reservist. The Service cannot force the reservist to work or train, unless compulsorily mobilised, and the reservist is not entitled to work or train. Nevertheless, there is a very strong 2-way relationship between the PTVR and the Service and it would be wrong to see a PTVR as simply a ‘casual worker’.

Part Time Volunteer Reserve Airmen (PTVR)

Promotion (other than Time Promotion). An airman can only be promoted if selected for promotion by a properly constituted Promotion Selection Board, as detailed in Reserve Forces Administrative Instruction No 5.