Vice Chief of the Defence Staff, Air Chief Marshal Sir Stuart Peach

Written evidence submitted by Vice Chief of the Defence Staff, Air Chief Marshal Sir Stuart Peach (DR 11)

During my oral evidence to the Defence Reform Bill Public Bill Committee on 5 September I agreed to provide further written evidence on the practice for appointing senior Royal Navy and Royal Air Force Reservists.

In the Reserve Naval Service and Royal Auxiliary Air force (RAuxAF) we define senior posts as those holding commodore, brigadier or air commodore rank and above (one star).

The Naval Service currently has no reservists at one star or above. For all appointments within the Naval Service at this level, the First Sea Lord chairs the Flag and Senior Officers’ Appointments Board. For a reservist appointment at this level the Secretary to the Board would consult across Defence, including the Assistant Chief of Defence Staff (Reserves and Cadets) prior to the Board’s deliberations.

The Royal Air Force’s Air Ranks Appointments Board, chaired by the Chief of the Air Staff, considers Air Commodore and above appointments. When considering the appointment of the most senior RAuxAF post advice is provided to CAS by the outgoing senior Reservist and the Honorary Inspector General of the RAuxAF.

I would also like to assure the committee that work is ongoing to review whether changes to the above processes are required.

October 2013

Prepared 23rd October 2013