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1. Overview

You can appeal to the Reserve Forces Appeal Tribunals (RFAT) if:

  • you’re in the UK reserve forces and your request for exemption from service has been turned down
  • you employ a reservist and your request for their exemption from service has been turned down

The tribunal must receive your appeal within 5 days of you getting the decision letter or your application will be rejected.

If you’re going to miss the deadline and have a valid reason, say why when you appeal. Extensions are only granted in exceptional circumstances.

The tribunal is independent of government. A judge will listen to both sides of the argument before making a decision.

Help you can get

Contact RFAT or your legal representative if you have any questions about appealing. RFAT can’t give you legal advice.

Reserve Forces Appeal Tribunals
rfat@tribunals.gsi.gov.uk
Telephone: 0161 833 6100
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You can also find a lawyer.