The UK MoD has contacted employers to update them on progress in the ‘intelligent mobilisation’ of Reserve Forces to support its response to COVID-19.
MoD Update, 01 April 2020: The MoD has taken another step in the ‘intelligent mobilisation’ of Reserve Forces to support its response to COVID-19 and has now contacted employers to update them on progress.
At the moment, only Reservists with specialist skills that meet specific requests for help from other government departments will be called out. No one already working for the NHS or delivering front line services will be mobilised to make sure these key workers can continue their excellent and critical efforts.
It is expected that 3,000 Reservists will be required as part of this tranche and will initially be mobilised for six months, to be kept under review. The Reserve Forces will be used to help deliver a range activities, such as providing additional medical and logistical support for the NHS, acting as liaison officers and deploying specialist skills such as engineering and accounting.
Minister for the Armed Forces James Heappey said: “Our Reservists are a truly remarkable group of people; each with their own skills and experience from their civilian careers beyond the armed forces.
“At times like these, to be able to draw on that pool of talent and expertise is invaluable.
“I know that our Reservists will answer the nation’s call with real enthusiasm and will play a key part in our response to COVID-19.”