Detail of outcome
Taking into account the responses received, which were broadly in favour of the changes, the MOD has decided to align the Future Reserves 2020 (FR20) reporting populations, as proposed in the consultation.
All Volunteer Reserve personnel serving on full time reserve service (FTRS) and additional duties commitments (ADC) will now be reported against the FR20 targets. This change will result in increases to the Army Reserve (Group A) and RAF Reserves trained strengths; figures for the Maritime Reserve will be unaffected.
Performance against the FR20 targets is reported in the UK Armed Forces Quarterly Personnel Report (QPR) National Statistics publication. FR20 performance statistics based on the new reporting definitions will be published 12 February 2015. Figures will be amended back to the reporting baseline of April 2012, to ensure consistency in the time series.
In addition to the changes for the FTRS and ADC personnel, as proposed in the consultation, Sponsored Reserves may be used in the future when they provide a more cost effective solution than Volunteer Reserves. When this is the case, the FR20 targets will be adjusted on a case by case basis, to take account of this.
The 2011 Independent Commission to Review the UK’s Reserve Forces recommended increasing the size of the Reserves; the numbers they advised became the FR20 programme targets.
The planned 5 year growth of the reserve forces’ was set out in a statement to the House on 19 December 2013. Performance against these targets is reported in the UK armed forces quarterly personnel report 2014 .
Due to differences in the ways that each reserve force is used, each service has assumed slight variations in the groups of volunteer reserves that should be counted towards these targets. The result is an inconsistent reporting of reserve forces trained strengths, which we intend to address through the changes proposed within this consultation.