Call for enlistment of volunteer reserves in the Armed Forces
In line with a recent Act passed in Parliament, the parameters of reservists have been extended from Emergency Volunteers to a Volunteer Reserve Force. This amendment in legislation provides the possibility for reserves to be called for duty at the discretion of the Commander of the Armed Forces. Prior to this amendment, the reserves could only be summoned by a Presidential call during times of national emergency.
Minister for Home Affairs Carmelo Abela, notes that this call for volunteers is a budgetary measure aimed at strengthening the role of the volunteers in the AFM. He points out that following the selection process, around 35 successful applicants would be recruited as reserve soldiers.
The Commander of the Armed Forces of Malta, Brigadier Jeffrey Curmi, informs that recruits who successfully complete the initial training phase will be confirmed in the rank of Gunners in the Volunteer Reserve Force. They shall be expected to be called out in case of national missions to be accomplished, with one of the main Units within the AFM. These might include, amongst others, land, air and sea missions.
Following the legal amendments, Reservists may now be called by the Commander to participate and assist the Regular Force in any national mission or other task. Reservists shall be posted to various Units according to the exigencies of the Service, upon successful completion of the initial training phase. Training shall consist of specialised skills training which may also include on-the-job training.
Application forms may be collected from the AFM Recruiting Office, Luqa Barracks, Ħal Luqa, from Monday, 22nd February, 2016 to Friday, 4th March, 2016 between 8.00 a.m. and noon and from 1.30 p.m. to 4.00 p.m.
The selection process will consist of three parts; physical efficiency test, interview and medical examination.
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