Members of the reserve armed forces (reservists) and their employers have certain rights and responsibilities when a reservist:

Financial support is available for both employers and reservists when they’re called up.

Time off for training

Employers do not have to allow time off for training, but may choose to.

Training for reservists is usually made up of:

  • one evening a week
  • several weekends throughout the year
  • a 15-day training course each year


Reservists cannot be made redundant due to training or mobilisation. They must be treated the same as other employees if there are redundancies because of closure or business problems.