Armed Forces: Reserve Forces

House of Lords written question – answered on 30th March 2010.

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To ask Her Majesty's Government what proportion of the members of Her Majesty's reserve forces they estimate they have up to date addresses for.

Photo of Baroness Taylor of Bolton Baroness Taylor of Bolton Parliamentary Under-Secretary (International Defence and Security), Foreign and Commonwealth Office, Parliamentary Under-Secretary (International Defence and Security), Ministry of Defence, Parliamentary Under-Secretary (Defence and Security) (also in the Ministry of Defence), Parliamentary Under-Secretary (Ministry of Defence) (International Defence and Security) (also in Foreign and Commonwealth Office)

Members of the volunteer reserve forces are able to maintain their details on the joint personnel administration (JPA) system or through unit administration staff. It is the responsibility of the individual reservist to ensure their personal details are up-to-date.

Members of the regular reserve, which consists of some 43,600 former members of the regular forces who have a liability for mobilisation, are required under service regulations to inform the Ministry of Defence of any changes in personal details, such as name, address or next of kin. The employment termination process allows the address to be stored on JPA. In addition, the Army and the Royal Navy use an annual reporting letter as a method of updating regular reservists contact details held on JPA. The RAF discontinued the annual reporting letter in 1999 which had no effect on its ability to mobilise the required number of reservists for operations in Iraq in 2003.

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