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Armed Forces Act 2006

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336Composition and procedure of service complaint panels
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(1)A person may not be a member of a service complaint panel unless he is—

(a)a senior officer (see subsection (4)); or

(b)a person employed in the civil service of the State;

but this is subject to any regulations made by virtue of subsection (6)(a) (appointment of independent members).

(2)A service complaint panel must consist of at least two members.

(3)At least one member of a service complaint panel must be a senior officer.

(4)In this section “senior officer” means an officer who is—

(a)subject to service law; and

(b)of or above the rank of commodore, brigadier or air commodore.

(5)The Secretary of State may by regulations—

(a)make further provision with respect to the composition of service complaint panels;

(b)make provision as to the procedure of service complaint panels (either generally or in prescribed circumstances).

(6)The regulations may in particular—

(a)require, in the case of any service complaint of a prescribed description, a service complaint panel to include one independent member;

(b)impose, in the case of all service complaints or any service complaint of a prescribed description, any requirement in addition to those imposed by subsections (1) to (4);

(c)impose, in the case of any service complaint of a prescribed description, a greater requirement than that imposed by any provision of those subsections (for example, requiring an officer to be of or above a higher rank than those specified in subsection (4) in order to be a senior officer for the purposes of this section).

(7)In this section—

  • “independent member” means a person appointed by the Secretary of State who is not—

    (a)

    a member of the regular or reserve forces; or

    (b)

    a person employed in the civil service of the State;

  • “prescribed” means prescribed by regulations under this section;

  • “service complaint” has the same meaning as in section 334;

  • “service complaint panel” has the same meaning as in section 335.

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