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.
Royal Auxiliary Air Force (RAuxAF) – Expressions of Interest
Expressions of interest are invited to fill a variety of posts from RAuxAF personnel. This may be for one day a week or a one off period possibly leading to full time employment in a RAF Transformation Team. In order to ensure its future sustainability, the RAF will have to review its structures and how it does business across all areas. This transformation will deliver significant and long term benefits to the RAF and Defence, ensuring that its personnel, infrastructure, IT and equipment are optimised to deliver the RAF Strategy and, therefore, the RAF of the future. The anticipated Transformation Team roles will range from Gp Capt to Junior Officer. Other Ranks currently serving on RAuxAF Terms and Conditions of Services are also encouraged to engage with the Transformation Team if they believe they have the appropriate skills to contribute to the Team output. Areas of initial interest will be Personnel, Capability and Requirements, Logistics and Finance and aircraft fleet management. The Transformation Team is expected to be in place for up to 24 months with ongoing Transformation work being subsumed into current business areas, or a separate team if required. Transformation work is starting imminently and it is intended to stand up the full team as soon as possible in order to make the best use of the External Assistance that has been procured. The life of these Reservist roles is limited to 24 months, but the time allocated to each role/individual will depend on a combination of factors including the individual’s skillset, availability, position within the Transformation Team, or the discreet element of Transformation for which they are being recruited. The main work location for the Transformation Team will be at RAF High Wycombe (however, due to a severe shortage, it is unlikely that accommodation will be available) but depending on the role and skillsets, remote working may be considered. Expressions of interest are requested soonest, so if you are interested please call Wg Cdr Andy Hindley on 95221 5486 (01494 495486) to discuss your background and availability.
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.