Reserve Forces Tribunal guidance
The Reserve Forces Appeal Tribunals (RFAT) were established under the Reserve Forces Act 1996.
The Reserves are an integral and vital part of the UK's Armed Forces. The Reserve Forces include ex-Regular Reserve Forces and the Volunteer Reserve Forces (VRF), whose members can be categorised as follows:
Members of the Reserve Forces
Subject to compulsory Call–Out
Service Authority/Adjudication Service
|Volunteer Reserve (VR) Forces (VRF)||Ex–Regular Forces|
|Note||Name||Short form||Name||Short form||Name||Short form|
Royal Naval Reserve
Royal Marines Reserve
|Royal Fleet Reserve||RFR||Royal Navy/ Royal Marines||RN/RM|
|Territorial Army||TA||Army Reserve||AR||Army|
|Royal Auxiliary Air Force||RAuxAF||Royal Air Force Reserve||RAFR||Royal Air Force||RAF|
- VRF members serve within VRF units and usually train in the evenings, at weekends and for at least two weeks each year (on 'annual camp'). Although some members of the VRF have served in the Regular Forces, there is no requirement for them to have done so.
- The ex–Regular Reserve Forces comprise ex–members of the Regular Forces who still have a liability for mobilised service.
For RFAT purposes, the Respondent to an appeal is the relevant Service Authority, i.e. the Royal Navy/Royal Marines, the Army or the Royal Air Force, each of which operates an adjudication service.
Reserve Forces Appeal Tribunals
The Reserve Forces Appeal Tribunals (RFAT) re-hear applications by members of the Reserve Forces and their civilian employers, including Reservists who are self-employed, against the decisions or determinations of Ministry of Defence (MoD) Adjudication Officers (AOs) in respect of:
(a) the call out of Reservists, who can apply for their exemption, etc. from permanent or mobilised military service; and
- (b) disputed claims for financial assistance by any of the categories of applicant mentioned at (a) above in respect of a Reservist who has been called out and accepted into mobilised service.
For appeals in connection with applications for exemption, etc. from call out, RFAT hearings will generally take place within 28 days of receipt, before which a Reservist will not normally be deployed outside the UK.
The Reserve Forces Appeal Tribunals (RFAT) are administered by the Tribunals Service, and are located at Alexandra House, where all enquiries and official communications should be directed.
Secretary of Tribunals
Reserve Forces Appeal Tribunals (RFAT)
14-22 The Parsonage