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Vacancy summary

Royal Navy
OF-3 - Lt Cdr - Maj - Sqn Ldr
Lieutenant-Commander, Major (RM)

23/06/2024, 23:55 

2 years
Royal Navy, Royal Marines
UK STRAT COM HQ, Northwood, Sandy Lane,
United Kingdom
FTRS - Full Commitment

Vacancy detail

Unit Role: HQ UKStratCom Command Force Development (CFD) conduct Force Development and coherence of all UKStratCom held capabilities on behalf of HQ UKStratcom including the Defence Targeting Enterprise (DTE).

Position Role: SO2 DTE Joint User (JU) supports SO1 DTE JU through the collection and collation of pan-Defence targeting joint user demands and alignment to the DTE.


Command Force Development (CFD) sits at the heart of the MOD’s newest Command, UK Strategic Command (UKSC). We put strategic analysis into the organisation’s decision making, challenge conventional ways of thinking about Defence and Security and drive new ways of doing things. We work with teams across UKSC building strong and productive relationships throughout wider Defence. We provide a fresh pair of eyes and draw on real world experience to produce strategic thinking and themes, consider alternative futures and think about how we can best respond to future threats. The team provides a unique, independent challenge and has recently led the development of the Command’s input to high-profile reviews such as the Defence targeting Enterprise (DTE).

Force Development (FD) of the Defence Targeting Enterprise (DTE) rests with Comd UKStratCom as the Defence lead for Targeting. In delivery of Head Office (HO) targeting policy it proposes the single, pan-Defence targeting demand signal and recommended courses of actions. In turn the Targeting Joint User acts, on behalf of Com UKStratCom as the primary pan-Defence (and potentially pan-HMG) representative of the end-user community for all Targeting capabilities. They act as the demand signal for the pan-Defence Lines of Development (DLOD) capability with responsibility for overseeing and supporting pan-Domain capability integration across DLoDs (Develop, Deliver, Generate and Operate Functions).

Successful applicants will take on a challenging, exciting and influential new role requiring strong leadership and communication skills joining a great team at the forefront of delivering major transformation in Defence. CFD provides a wealth of transferrable executive professional development and education including programme and project management. 

SO2 DTE Joint User Roles & Responsibilities:

1. Supports SO1 JU through the collection and collation of pan-Defence JU demands.​

2. Extrapolate lessons to inform SO1 JU for the DTE. ​

3. Assists with opportunity analysis, assessments and resolution of JU demand signals. ​

4. Liaison and co-operation with key contributors across the DTE and related organisations in order to develop and support the Jt User function. ​

5. Provide SME advice and guidance when required. ​

6. Assist the integration of DTE into wider joint effects across the spectrum of competition and conflict. ​

7. Support the management of the DTE Joint User governance process, including acting as secretariat for the DTE Working Group.

This post requires a high-quality results-oriented officer with a strong track record of performance and turnaround in high-paced organisations. Has the ability to utilise keen analysis and insights blending a team approach to support SO1 Joint User and implementation of best practices.


Must be an OF3 of ANY specialisation. OF2 applicants with a recommend for the next higher rank in their most recent OJAR may be considered. 

OF4 applicants, if successful, will only be paid as and normally wear the rank of OF3.

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


Experienced with staff environment

Professional Effectiveness

Interpret Head Office direction and guidance. Must have understanding of the DTE and its interaction with other domains. This requires a wider understanding of how DTE capabilities are deployed, developed and sustained across the DLODs and beyond. Ability to see the bigger picture and knit disparate pieces together.

Breadth of Perspective

Thinking Strategically: Demonstrates an awareness of the wider perspective and operating environment to inform decisions and identify potential impacts. Must have experience of staff environment and firm understanding of current doctrine. Should have experience of forming and managing ad hoc teams from across a variety of stakeholder groups.

Delivering Results

Achieving Results: Perseveres to achieve objectives competently, allocating and amending priorities to meet aims and objectives. Should be able to interact and communicate effectively across all ranks up to 2* and be comfortable with working in a mixed civilian/military environment.


Familiar with Joint Effects planning and CoOrd

Recent FD experience beneficial

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.


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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