The recent release of September’s Pensions Ombudsman’s determinations of official complaints, has revealed that yet again an individual has made a complaint through the Internal Dispute Resolution Procedures (IDRP) on the subject of loss of pension years on commission from the ranks.
We would like to note here that using the IDRP is the correct way to take an official complaint about one’s pension arrangements to the Ombudsman for an adjudication.
The nub of matter affects individuals who joined the Armed Forces on the AFPS75 pension scheme as a soldier, sailor or airman, prior to age 21, and who later in their career become commissioned officers. Commissioned officers’ pensionable service does not commence until age 21, therefore service prior to that age which, as a non-commissioned officer was pensionable, is no longer categorised as such.
The Pensions Ombudsman’s decision was not to uphold the complaint. This decision is in line with the same approach to others made on the same issue in earlier years. For those who would like to read the determination in full you can find it HERE and the case number is PO – 16539.