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Reserve Forces

Defence written question – answered on 27th June 2012.

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Photo of Michael Fallon Michael Fallon Deputy Chair, Conservative Party

To ask the Secretary of State for Defence how many service personnel from the Army Reserve are available for deployment following a general mobilisation order within (a) one week, (b) two weeks, (c) three weeks and (d) four weeks.

Photo of Andrew Robathan Andrew Robathan The Parliamentary Under-Secretary of State for Defence

Mobilisation of reservists is authorised for specific operations through a call-out order signed by a Minister of State and laid before both Houses. A recent example of such an authorised call-out order is for the tri-service participation in this summer's Olympic Games.

The Army Reserve comprises officers and soldiers from the Territorial Army and the Regular Reserve. Army reservists will carry out additional training following mobilisation for an operation. The length of time required for this training will depend on the complexity of the operation which may require familiarisation training on equipment which they will be required to operate, and procedural training to prepare for the environment they will encounter. Further preparations may be required such as vaccinations which depend on the environment of the operation and which will affect the length of time between mobilisation and deployment.

Army reservists required for immediate deployment on operations are in the High Readiness Reserve. Currently, 85 members of the Corps of Royal Signals are at high readiness (between 12 and 24 hours notice) to provide communications support to operations in UK.

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