In our email update 117 (16 August 2012), we reported that the Ministry of Defence had produced a consultation paper on how best to generate increased numbers of reservists. The consultation has now closed and the response is due to be released within the next few weeks.
Expected changes arising from this process are that army reservists will train for an extra five days a year and that the number of trained reservists will grow to around 35,000 by 2020.
The BBC has recently called for employers to submit responses to the following questions: Do you employ reservists? How will you cope with the proposed plan of increasing reservist training days? What incentives would support you to employ more reservists?
If you would like to participate, follow this link: http://www.bbc.co.uk/news/uk-politics-22112047