Future Reserves 2020

Future Reserves 2020 (FR20) was initiated by the Prime Minister to examine the future shape and role of the UK’s Reserves Forces.

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It was conducted by an independent commission immediately after the Security Defence and Security Review 2010 and reported in July 2011.

The FR 20 vision is to provide a Reserve Force that is an integral element of the Whole Force optimised to deliver assured capability across all military tasks on operations at home and abroad; that harnesses for Defence the widest pool of talent in the UK. 

A force for good in the community, effectively representing Defence and Society sustained by good formal governance safeguards and an appropriately resourced and equitable Reserve Proposition. 

In the report is the enticing prospect of an expanded Maritime Reserve Force, significantly better funded and resourced, along with new roles and training opportunities with a promise of increased civilian protection employment in law for both individual Reserves and further support for the employers of Reserves Personnel. 

Following the Government’s ringing endorsement of the recommendations of the Independent Report, the Maritime Reserves HQ staff have commenced a programme tackling the key challenges towards implementing the recommendations accepted recently by the Ministry of Defence. 

As the plans for all three services are drawn together, the MOD is expected to announce the programme formally, to commence from April 2012.

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