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Armed Forces Act 2006

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Persons subject to service law
367Persons subject to service law: regular and reserve forces

(1)Every member of the regular forces is subject to service law at all times.

(2)Every member of the reserve forces is subject to service law while—

(a)in permanent service on call-out under any provision of the Reserve Forces Act 1980 (c. 9) or the Reserve Forces Act 1996 (c. 14) or under any other call-out obligation of an officer;

(b)in home defence service on call-out under section 22 of the Reserve Forces Act 1980;

(c)in full-time service under a commitment entered into under section 24 of the Reserve Forces Act 1996;

(d)undertaking any training or duty (whether or not in pursuance of an obligation); or

(e)serving on the permanent staff of a reserve force.

368References to members of the regular forces

(1)Subsections (2) and (3) apply for the purposes of this Act.

(2)A person recalled to service under—

(a)any provision of the Reserve Forces Act 1980 or the Reserve Forces Act 1996, or

(b)any other recall obligation of an officer,

is to be regarded as being a member of the regular forces from acceptance into service to release or discharge.

(3)Subject to subsection (2), an officer who is not on the active list is not to be regarded as being a member of the regular forces.

(4)For the purposes of subsection (3), an officer is on the active list if (and only if) any of the following provides that an officer of his description is on such a list—

(a)Queen’s Regulations;

(b)Royal Warrant;

(c)an order under section 2 of the Air Force (Constitution) Act 1917 (c. 51).

369Members of British overseas territories' forces serving with UK forces

(1)While a member of a British overseas territory force is undertaking any duty with or training with a regular or reserve force (“the relevant force”)—

(a)subsection (2) applies to him; and

(b)nothing in section 357 (power of British overseas territory to apply this Act, etc) applies in relation to him.

(2)A person to whom this subsection applies—

(a)is subject to service law; and

(b)shall (subject to subsection (3)) be treated as if he were a member of the relevant force of relative rank or rate.

(3)The Secretary of State may by order modify any provision of this Act in its application to a member of a British overseas territory force who is or has been within subsection (1).

(4)In this section—

  • “British overseas territory force” means any of Her Majesty’s forces that is raised under the law of a British overseas territory;

  • “relative rank or rate”, in relation to a person to whom subsection (2) applies, means such rank or rate of the relevant force as may be prescribed by Queen’s Regulations for a person of his description.

Civilians subject to service discipline
370Civilians subject to service discipline

(1)In this Act “civilian subject to service discipline” means a person who—

(a)is not subject to service law; and

(b)is within any paragraph of Part 1 of Schedule 15.

(2)Part 2 of Schedule 15 (exclusion and definitions relating to Part 1) has effect.

Naval chaplains
371Naval chaplains

(1)The Secretary of State may by regulations provide that such references in this Act—

(a)to an officer, or

(b)to an officer of a particular description,

as may be prescribed by the regulations include references to a naval chaplain or to a naval chaplain of a description prescribed by the regulations.

(2)The regulations may make such modifications of this Act as appear appropriate in consequence of the fact that naval chaplains do not have a rank.

(3)In this section “naval chaplain” means a chaplain in the Royal Navy, the Royal Fleet Reserve or the Royal Naval Reserve.

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