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Q: We have received an application from a prospective employee whose background and experience appears to be exactly what we need but they have said they are a “reservist”. What does this mean?

Many “ordinary” men and women give up their spare time to train and serve alongside the Regular Forces, eg Army, Navy and Royal Air Force and are known as Reservists. They are an important element of the country’s total defence capacity and belong to either the Royal Naval, Royal Marines, Army or Royal Air Force Reserves. They are likely to be “called up” to serve the nation as individuals for either their personal specialist skills or as part of ready-formed units. Lookout for our series or blog articles on what employing reservists means to employers, what are the benefits and how employers are compensated.

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