Posted on January 18, 2019
The move will enable commanding officers to send ‘call out’ notices to personnel if requested by government departments. It is in support of contingency planning for a no-deal scenario, under the Reserve Forces Act 1996. As many as 3,500 personnel could be called up, with around 10% of those being reservists. However, the specific skill requirements would depend on which area of government was to make a request. Any reservists who are mobilised for full-time service will be sent a ‘call out’ notice. In most cases, personnel get 28 days’ notice upon receiving a ‘call out’, however this may decrease in urgent situations. The MOD has already confirmed planning is underway for if a no-deal Brexit takes place.