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Vacancy summary

Royal Navy
OR-2 - AB - Mne - Pte - AS2/AS1, OR-3 - LCpl - L/Cpl, OR-4 - LH/LR - Cpl
Able seaman, Lance-Corporal, Leading Seaman, Corporal

21/04/2024, 23:55 

Royal Navy, Royal Marines
Greater London
United Kingdom
FTRS - Limited Commitment

Vacancy detail


An ACA is a Field Force RN Leading Rate or senior AB/ RM equivalent who works alongside other Naval Careers staff within an Armed Forces Careers Office (AFCO). The post holder is responsible for the initial counselling and processing of candidates interested in a Naval Service career.


The Post holder will be accountable to AFCO CA2 for their Primary Purpose;

a.         To assist Naval Careers staff to attract and process candidates for entry into the Naval Service.


b.       To normally be the initial point of contact, within the AFCO, for all candidates who require information regarding Naval Service Careers.


Secondary Purposes:

a.        To assist the AFCO Naval Careers Adviser 2 (CA2) with the training and management of Naval Service Ratings/Other Ranks attached to the AFCO on temporary periods of loan.

b.         To represent the Naval Service at local recruiting venues and education establishments as directed by the AFCO CA2.  



1.         To assist the AFCO CA2 with the training and management of Naval Service Rating/Other Rank augmenters who may be attached to the AFCO for short periods.

2.         To attend Job Fairs, Careers Conventions and other Public Military Events (PMEs) as directed by the AFCO CA2.

3.         To visit schools, colleges and Cadet Units to give presentations regarding careers in the Naval Service.

4.         To accompany educational groups on visits to Naval Service Establishments.

5.         To conduct Candidate Relationship Management (CRM) activities with potential applicants, applicants and candidates as directed by the CA2.

6.         To conduct counselling with potential recruits who express an interest in joining the Naval Service.

7.         To assess potential recruit candidates’ eligibility with respect to qualifications, nationality, residency, criminal record and former Service referring all potential rejections to a Naval Careers Adviser (CA).

8.         To assist AFCO CAs to allocate candidates to the Naval Recruiting Test (RT).

9.         To conduct the Basic Check on all candidates attending the RT and to assist the Naval CAs with the processing of information.

10.       To conduct, mark, or check-mark the RT.

11.       To refer complaints of any nature to a Naval CA.

12.       To conduct Potential Royal Marine Course (PRMC) and Final Entry Briefs when required by the AFCO CA2.

13.       To carry out administrative and general duties as directed by the AFCO CA2.

14.       To enter/update details of candidates into the recruiting database.

15.       To receive and despatch official mail, distributing/circulating incoming mail as appropriate.

16.       To compile, when required to do so, candidates documents for submission to CNRHQ or NETEs.

17.       To assist in preserving the physical security of the AFCO.

18.       To assist with AFCO document security adhering to current Data Protection Policy.

19.       To be responsible for the ordering, receipt and correct stowage of all Naval stores including recruiting literature as detailed by the AFCO CA2.

20.       To carry out front desk reception duties which include maintaining the overall appearance of the AFCO reception area.

21.       To be the duty AFCO Naval recruiter when required.

22.       Working within an AFCO, the ACA is required to assist members of the RNCS (Royal Naval Careers Service) to attract and process candidates for entry into the Naval Service, whether that be the Royal Navy (RN), Royal Marines (RM) or Queen Alexandra’s                Royal Naval Nursing Service (QARNNS).




Must be an OR2-OR4 of ANY specialisation. 

OR6 applicants, if successful, will only be paid as and normally wear the rank of OR4.

Must be serving as a member of the Reserve Forces or have served with the Regular Forces.


Applicants will undergo an initial eligibility sift. Successful applicants will have their details forwarded to the Post Sponsor to arrange interviews. Unsuccessful applicants will be advised accordingly.

Following interviews; the successful applicant will be informed that they are the Preferred Candidate with details being sent to the CM RES FTRS Cell who will continue the recruitment process. Unsuccessful applicants will be advised accordingly.

Once the recruitment process is complete then the Preferred Candidate will be invited to take up FTRS.

The start date is the anticipated one however, applicants should be aware a number of factors will potentially impact on this including the completion of pre-employment checks, medical category confirmation and the award of a Security Clearance. The start date could therefore be adjusted as appropriate – earlier for a fully qualified person with their and the employers agreement, or later if approvals cannot be immediately completed.


NB: Where the Anticipated Start date has already passed, the start date will be ASAP

Eligibility for FTRS/ADC

Any member of the Maritime Part Time Volunteer Reserves (RNR, RMR) or the Royal Fleet Reserves (RFR) (Ex-Regular Reserve) may volunteer to undertake a period of FTRS/ADC. Ex-Regular personnel whose RFR liability has run out will be re-instated in the RFR to take up FTRS/ADC.

Applicants undertaking a period of FTRS/ADC must be suitably qualified by rank/rate, specialisation, qualifications and experience to fill the posts for which they apply.

Applications will be accepted from reservists who hold a rank/rate one or more above the advertised rank/rate or hold a rank/rate one below the advertised rank/rate.  

  • Applicants one rate below may be interviewed at the discretion of the FTRS Cell/Line Manager and may be employed in the acting higher rate (excluding the advertised rate of WO2 or WO1) if they are suitable, qualified, meet current promotion regulations in all respects and are selected to do so. Otherwise, they will be given the opportunity to carry out the role in their substantive rank/rate; the payment of Substitution Pay (SUPA) may be considered by the employer.
  • Applicants of a higher rank/rate prepared to serve in a position at a lower rank/rate than their current or former substantive rank will wear uniform, and be paid, at the Upper Rank/Rate’ level appropriate to that of the position on JPA. Exceptions will not normally be considered.

Ex-Regular Reserves of an equivalent rank from the Army or Royal Air Force are required to join the Maritime Reserves (RNR/RMR) before being eligible to apply.


Applicants must also be medically fit, and meet the minimum medical category required for the level of commitment, to fulfil the duties which their Commitment will require them to undertake.

  • A medical form to confirm MedCat and suitability to be employed is required to be returned within 2 weeks of commencing the role, or the commitment may be revoked.

Personnel who have been discharged via the RN Medical Board of Survey (MOBS) or the RN Medical Employability Board (MEB), do not have a RFR liability and are therefore unable to be considered for any FTRS/ADC/VERR role.

Only personnel on FTRS(FC) commitments will be entitled to the full range of Service Medical and Dental support. Those on lower levels will be entitled to emergency medical support whilst on duty.

Pension Issues

Personnel who qualify for a service pension should take financial advice from Defence Business Services (DBS) Reserves/Re-employment Pensions Department on the effect that undertaking FTRS service has on their pension, EDP, Resettlement Grant or Terminal Benefits.

Additional guidance can also be found at Of particular note is reference to the ‘Effect of Re-employment’ on Commutation and, for those leaving on a ‘preserved’ pension, the Resettlement Grant. Other organisations such as the Armed Forces Pension Society or the White Ensign Association may also be able to offer advice, but it is stressed that only DBS can provide an authoritative answer.

Transition between TCoS

Personnel taking this appointment from other TCoS should consider the impact on any accrued entitlements, such as leave, resettlement etc and should seek specialist guidance where required as certain entitlements are TCoS specific and may not be retained or transferred on transition between TCoS. 

Naval Core Training (NCT), Individual Training Requirement (IRT) and Defence Mandated Training (DMT)

 Personnel on FTRS commitments are required to maintain currency in NCT, IRT and MDT in alignment with the rest of the RN/RM. The successful applicant will be expected to complete all modules and have them recorded on JPA within 2 months of commencing employment. This is an employer’s responsibility to monitor. 

  • RNFT

Personnel on FTRS Limited/Home/ADC/VERRs commitments are exempt the RNFT, unless they are a member of the RNR/RMR who should remain in date.

 Annual Salary and Leave

Pay will be in accordance with the pay scales published for the Armed Forces annually, and as governed by JSP 754.  Leave entitlement is detailed in JSP 760. Note, you are not able to carry forward leave from a Regular commission/engagement when commencing an FTRS Commitment or from one FTRS Commitment role to another FTRS Commitment role.


Entitlement to allowances is in accordance with JSP 754 however the following should be noted:

Get you Home (Travel)                  Only paid to qualifying personnel on FTRS(FC)

Home Duty Travel                          Only paid to qualifying personnel on FTRS(FC)


Personnel serving on FTRS(FC) TCoS are entitled to Single Living Accommodation (SLA) and Service Families Accommodation (SFA) as per Regular entitlements. 

Personnel serving on FTRS(LC/HC)/ADC TCoS are only eligible to occupy surplus Single Living Accommodation (SLA), at non-entitled rates.

Personnel serving on VeRR TCoS are not entitled to service accommodation.

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