Future Reserves 2020 Programme Update

The FR20 Update offers all of the latest news and progression of the programme.

Foreword Assistant Chief of Defence Staff (Reserves & Cadets), Major General John Crackett

We continue to make good progress in the delivery of the FR20 Programme with 31 of the 40 White Paper recommendations now delivered. All three Services exceeded their Trained Strength targets for Financial Year 2014/15. There are now 24,630 trained Reservists and recruitment to the Reserves was 65% higher than the previous year. However, we cannot afford to be complacent as the targets will become increasingly challenging to meet. Improvements have been made in areas such as employer support and it is vital that we now ensure that these changes become embedded. Read more…

East Anglia RFCA has supported the FR20 Programme in many ways and is always looking to go that one step further to ensure support is offered in every way possible. Last year in September, Kristina Carrington, Regional SaBRE Campaign Director hosted Employers of 158 Regiment at overseas training with their Reservists in Sennelager, Germany.

The invited Employers thoroughly enjoyed the experience and found the programme to be “informative and inclusive”; the feedback from Employers was extremely positive and demonstrated their enjoyment throughout the whole exercise. The hands-on experience of trying on some of the equipment and firing on the rifle range was especially popular. The overseas exercise programme offered Employers a chance to gain a clearer understanding of the training undertaken by their Reservists and how the skills developed are transferred back into the workplace.

With 52 out of the total 500 Corporate Covenant signings coming from employers within the region, East Anglia RFCA is thrilled with the sheer amount of support offered by Employers throughout East Anglia. By signing, each Employer has publically declared their support to Defence. If you would like to find out more information on how you can support Defence click here or get in touch with Kristina Carrington by emailing ea-empsp@rfca.mod.uk.

Last but certainly not least, Reserves Day (previously known as Uniform to Work Day) will take place 24th June. There is plenty of activity going on within the region during Armed Forces Week, including the Reservists at 202 Transport Squadron having medals presented to them by the Mayor of Ipswich. 36 Signal Squadron and 3 Royal Anglian will be taking part in a parade in Chelmsford on Sunday 28th June as well as having a recruiting stand at the event in Central Park. If you are attending or know of an event happening within East Anglia, please get in touch by emailing ea-comms@rfca.mod.uk. . Find all your local Armed Forces Day events here.


The full version of the update can be viewed here or downloaded in the right-hand column.

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