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Army Reserve: Pensions

Ministry of Defence written question – answered on 20th January 2020.

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Photo of Paul Girvan Paul Girvan Shadow DUP Spokesperson (Education), Liberal Democrat Lords Spokesperson (Transport), Shadow DUP Spokesperson (Transport)

To ask the Secretary of State for Defence, whether former Army Reserve Soldiers who left the service prior to 2015 are entitled to an armed forces pension.

Photo of Anne-Marie Trevelyan Anne-Marie Trevelyan Minister of State (Ministry of Defence) (Minister for the Armed Forces)

Prior to the introduction of Armed Forces Pension Scheme 15, service in the Reserve Forces (TA or Regular Reserve) was not classed as reckonable for pension purposes unless the individual was mobilised whereupon the mobilised, service would count towards a pension.

There are some exceptions. These include; Full Time Reserve Service and Additional Duties Commitments which are pensionable. Further explanations on the types of service which are now classed as pensionable can be found at the following link:

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