Armed Forces: Resignations

Ministry of Defence written question – answered on 4th September 2018.

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Photo of Nia Griffith Nia Griffith Shadow Secretary of State for Defence

To ask the Secretary of State for Defence, with reference to the Armed Forces Pay Body Review Report 2018, page 34, paragraph 3.45, what plans his Department has to re-examine the policy of Recruitment and Retention Payments being completely removed upon a member of Service personnel submitting their notice to terminate.

Photo of Gavin Williamson Gavin Williamson The Secretary of State for Defence

There are no current plans to change the policy. The purpose of the Recruitment and Retention Payment (RRP) is to encourage personnel to join and/or remain in Service within specific trades.

Removing payment when a Service person submits their notice to terminate ensures that valuable resources can be most effectively used in incentivising personnel to remain in the Armed Forces. In the event that personnel submit their notice of termination, RRP payments are no longer fulfilling their purpose as an incentive and are therefore removed.

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