Reservists work alongside their regular counterparts to deliver the military capability the nation needs in an integrated fashion. The MOD are aligning the Reserves more closely with the Regulars in all areas, including training, equipment and remuneration, while continuing to recognise the specific demands reserve service makes.
For more information:
- Armed Forces Covenant – Support and Advice for Reservists
- Forces Connect South East – An app available for download on Apple and Google Play. The app has an Oxfordshire section, with county specific information available, for all those involved in the armed forces.
Becoming a reservist
If you’re interested in becoming a reservist, the following websites have more details about the roles available and how to join:
South East Reserve Forces' and Cadets' Association (SE RFCA)
South East Reserve Forces’ and Cadets’ Association (SE RFCA) is one of 13 RFCAs UK-wide, SERFCA is a Ministry of Defence (MOD) Crown body, responsible to the Defence Council, but separate from military chains-of-command. SE RFCA gives support to the Reserve Forces and Cadets from the Royal Navy, Army and Royal Air Force in the South East, including Oxfordshire
Employing a reservist
Oxfordshire is an identified priority area and the council will be providing community leadership in supporting the Armed Forces with their recruitment campaign.
We would encourage businesses to pledge their support for employing reservists.
Working for us
We employ staff who are members of the Reserve Forces and recognise the valuable contribution that reservists make to the Armed Forces and their civilian workplace. The council supports the training undertaken by reservists which enables them to develop skills and abilities that can be of benefit to them as employees, and to the council in terms of service delivery.
As an employer, we positively support staff who are already reservists and those who are thinking of becoming a reservist.
Our offer to reservists in addition to other benefits
- 14 days extra paid leave (under the Special Leave Policy) to attend annual reservist training. Additional unpaid leave or annual leave from the employee’s normal annual allocation may be granted for short periods of training, provided adequate notice is given and where such training cannot be undertaken in off-duty time
- A flexible working policy to assist with military commitments
- Management support in preparation for, during and after mobilisation
- A Buddy system with an option to buddy with a member of staff with armed forces experience
- Informal staff network of armed forces
- Armed Forces Service Champions to represent the views of armed forces employees
- Working for Oxfordshire
Armed Forces volunteers
Cadet Force adult volunteers
The council encourages employees to undertake voluntary work. For those wishing to become an Army Cadet Adult volunteer, the council’s Employee Volunteering policy allows up to two paid days (15 hours) per year for volunteering. Employees must match this with two days (15 hours) of their own time (pro-rata for part-time).